Carriacou Calaloo

(
Rounder Records
)

Recorded by Alan Lomax, assisted by Anna Lomax
Notes by Winston Fleary, Lorna McDaniel, and Donald R. Hill
A sampling of musical styles from Carriacou, a tiny island in the Grenadines that has produced a cornucopia of heartfelt music. With roots in Africa and Europe, this music is pure Caribbean — big drum songs, Spiritual Baptist anthems, lullabies, dance tunes and calypsonian political commentary.

“This is more than a record. It’s a stunning recovery preserved through the visceral warmth of ‘old-fashioned’ analog equipment, a triumph of essence over technology.” —Elena Oumano, Amazon.com