Roll and Go
Chanteys and Sailor Songs from Grenada
In the summer of 1962, on his "Caribbean Voyage," Alan Lomax visited the southernmost Windward Islands - Grenada and Carriacou - where he recorded an astounding variety of music, sung for fun, ritual, worship, and to accompany work. "Roll and Go: Chanteys and Sailor Songs from Grenada" features fourteen rollicking numbers (ten of which are previously unreleased) used for boat-launching, boat-pulling, sail and net-hoisting by the fishing-folk of Grenada - songs that invigorated the work and energized the workers.
"Roll and Go" is an infectious synthesis of familiar "sea shanties" of New England and Britain with indomitable Caribbean polyrhythms, echoing West African traditions and popular musical styles like calypso and soca.