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

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

Various Artists SFW40412

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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Year Released 1992
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 1992 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) Caribbean; World
Country(s) Jamaica
Culture Group(s) Maroon
Instrument(s) Abeng; Adawo; Drum; Grandy; Gumbe; Kromanti; Kwat; Printing; Vocals, group
Language(s) Kikongo; Kromanti; Southwestern Caribbean Creole English
Subject(s) Igbo (African people)--Songs and music; Jawbone (Musical instrument)--Cuba.; Kromanti; Mandinga; Nyabingi (African deity)--Jamaica--Songs and music; Papa; Processional music; Sa Leone; Spirituals (Songs); Tambú (Dance)
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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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