Tombstone Feast: Funerary Music of Carriacou

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Rounder Records
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Recorded by Alan Lomax, assisted by Anna Lomax
Notes by Lorna McDaniel and Donald R. Hill
A collection of magnificent Big Drum songs and Nation Dances from Carriacou, a font of African and European musical traditions. Music and dance for the Old Parents are performed at the Tombstone Feast, which is held years after death or burial, when a tombstone is finally erected and the spirit of the departed may at last rest in peace.

“It’s the splendour of the music itself which signals the richness of the cultural matrix which formed it, and which it has formed in turn.” —Musical Traditions