East Indian Music in the West Indies

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Rounder Records
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Recorded by Alan Lomax, assisted by Antoinette Marchand
Notes by Peter Manuel
A panorama of traditional East Indian and newly-created creolized South Asian music. Trinidadian “local classical” tan singing, Hindu devotional and wedding songs; Muslim tassa and Madrasi funeral drumming; and a unique excerpt from a Guadeloupan Kali ceremony all testify to the rich East Indian contributions to Caribbean music.