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Drums of Defiance: Maroon Music from the Earliest Free Black Communities of Jamaica

Various Artists
Drums of Defiance: Maroon Music from the Earliest Free Black Communities of Jamaica

Featuring complex, West African influenced drumming and dancing, this little-known rural tradition is at the heart of modern, politically charged reggae music. The conviction heard here reveals a long history of struggle. During the 17th and 18th centuries, some of the Africans brought to Jamaica as slaves escaped to the mountains. There they settled, and over time, they became known as "Maroons." Today, four major Maroon colonies still exist in Jamaica's rugged western Cockpit Country and in the eastern Blue Mountains. Some selections on this recording were previously issued in 1981 on Folkways 4027. "..[A]n aural kaleidoscope, presenting small glimpses into the colorful world of the Maroon music of Jamaica." — Sing Out.

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"The Sounds of an Island: Jamaican Music for the Classroom"

Track Listing

101
Hear when de duppy bawl Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:49
102
Fire da bun Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:52
103
Remember rain, John Warren Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:39
104
Moko Johnny Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:46
105
Morning star Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:43
106
See dem gyal a molain Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:42
107
Me aks me dasha weh him min go Group of Maroons of Moore Town 2:49
108
Nyam one day, bui sanga Group of Maroons of Moore Town 3:57
109
Kin an beri Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:08
110
Banda gone a wood Group of Maroons of Moore Town 2:05
111
Ya ya dempo Group of Maroons of Moore Town 2:04
112
Wiri-oo sankoma Group of Maroons of Moore Town 2:06
113
Maki Bo Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:02
114
Jo Leh Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:44
115
Siyumande Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:47
116
Abeng (Signaling Horn) Maroon abeng player 0:59
117
Drum language Maroon printing-man 0:27
118
Drum language Maroon printing-man 1:08
119
Shedo Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:41
120
Anabo yedeng Group of Maroons of Moore Town 1:41
121
Falla me Group of Maroons of Charles Town 1:21
122
Dede bi ankama Group of Maroons of Charles Town 1:00
123
Ba wiri-oo Group of Maroons of Scott's Hall 2:12
124
Oh Duppy Group of Maroons of Scott's Hall 1:13
125
Siyumande yoyo Group of Maroons of Scott's Hall 1:31
126
Grandy Nanny Group of Maroons of Scott's Hall 1:05
127
A mini wai-oo Group of Maroons of Accompong 0:52
128
Ingia Mayongo Accompong Maroon singer 0:32
129
Squire Smith Group of Maroons of Accompong 4:55
130
Clear road Group of Maroons of Accompong 2:35
131
Wah me gwine do? Group of Maroons of Accompong 2:48
132
Maroon law Group of Maroons of Accompong 1:48
133
Baakini Group of Maroons of Accompong 2:02
134
Fight for war Group of Maroons of Accompong 2:11
135
Nyabingi Medley Group of Maroons of Accompong 6:56

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