Bahamas 1935, Volume 2: Ring Games And Round Dances

(
Rounder Records
2002
)

This second volume of the earliest field recordings made in the Bahamas brings together ring games, sung with handclapping and drum accompaniment, and round dances, performed by a string band. ‘Here is an amazing wealth of brief but perfect melodies, playfully rhythmicized in the African manner and harmonized in ways that are as unique as they are moving. The folk songs of the Bahamas are as limpid and charming, as full of light and delightful movement as the endlessly lovely gold and turquoise seas that bathe the shores of these islands.’ -Alan Lomax