By Alan Lomax, Ronald Cohen

ISBN-10: 0415938546

ISBN-13: 9780415938549

Alan Lomax is a mythical determine in American people tune circles. even supposing he released many books, 1000's of recordings and dozens of flicks, his contributions to well known and educational journals have by no means been accrued. This number of writings, brought through Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces those crucial writings. Drawing at the Lomax files in ny, this e-book brings jointly articles from the 30s onwards. it really is divided into 4 sections, every one taking pictures a special interval within the improvement of Lomax's lifestyles and occupation: the unique years as a collector and promoter; the interval from 1950-58 whilst Lomax was once recording thorughout Europe; the people tune revival years; and at last his paintings in academia.

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Everyone snickered, and I soon sat down to watch. It was intense, gay—yes, lovely. The people honored their gods and rejoiced that they were content with what had been offered; but law, money, practical people—the dull and inefficient weapons of the upperclass propriety—soon interfered. The sergeant began to growl about a fine, for the “manger loa” (feast for the gods) was being held without a permit. Haiti, as a good Catholic country, offcially outlaws Vaudou. The official attitude is outwardly supported by the upper class of mulattoes, although many, if not all, of them secretly participate in Vaudou rites.

The next day we stepped out of Théomar’s front gate and down to the sea and spent the morning listening to the best singing I heard in Haiti. And all the songs were of the Rara. Back of Aux Cayes are the hills. And in the hills are the real people of Haiti. Back of Aux Cayes are the hills, and in their tropic fashion they have a ALAN LOMAX 37 springtime full of the limpid odor of coffee blossoms. Their coffee comes down to Aux Cayes-on-the-sea by donkey-back or bullock-back and passes through the hands of Haitian middlemen into the sorting rooms of the German coffee-exporting houses.

The people are afraid to venture out of their houses at night in this South that I liked so well. A wicked country where people are afraid of their own devils! The sooner we got back to Cul-deSac, the safer our souls. At last, however, our search was rewarded. We found a pandang. Couples, the women in slippers, slid their feet a little, rubbed hips. In the corner of the bare room the malinoumbas (a box with five iron teeth, which, when plucked by an expert, outbasses a “bull fiddle”) was growling beneath the delicate melody of a three-stringed guitar, and the skillful fingers of the drummer rippled across the faces of two “bongo” drums no wider than his hands.

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