John Crow Say..: Jamaican Music of Faith, Work and Play

John Crow Say..: Jamaican Music of Faith, Work and Play

Various Artists FW04228 / FE 4228

Rounds or cannons or quadrilles, European church harmony or familiar hymn melodies—these are testaments to the British contribution to Jamaican culture. African call-and-response patterns, a particular and signifying humor, and Anansi (trickster) stories speak to the African input. But listening will tell you that the cultural voice is truly unique to Jamaica.

Year Released 1981
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1981 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Caribbean; World
Country(s) Jamaica
Culture Group(s) African Caribbean
Instrument(s) Drum; Grater; Harmonica; Scraper (Musical instrument); Trumpet
Subject(s) Ballads; Bawdy songs; Call and response; Choral music; Dance; Folksong revival; Funeral music; Games; Hymns; Music--Juvenile; Quadrille (Dance); Religious; Songs; Wit and humor; Work songs; World music
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101 Adam Where Art Thou Alfred McLerty, Henry Simpson, and Hezekiah Brown 3:05
102 Digging Songs: Kisander Field workers 3:44
103 Digging Song: Rosibella Field workers 2:06
104 Digging Song: Half a Whole Field workers 2:45
105 Jane and Matilda Roll Alfred McLerty 1:49
106 Me No Wantee No Tea Alfred McLerty 1:29
107 Take Me Away Aaron Walker 1:33
108 Up on the Mountain with Jesus Valerie Walker, Mezma Gibson, Cedric and Stephen Gibson, Bryan Jackson and Gary Walker 1:28
109 Hill and Gully Valerie Walker 0:48
110 Army Boy Valerie Walker 1:29
111 John Crow Say I'm Wan' Decent Woman Valerie Walker 1:11
201 Blood of Jesus Revival Zion Pastor and Congregation (St. Andrews, Jamaica) 3:51
202 How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds Revival Zion Pastor and Congregation (St. Andrews, Jamaica) 5:15
203 I Saw the Lighthouse Revival Zion Pastor and Congregation (St. Andrews, Jamaica) 3:31
204 Mumma Me Wan' Go Walk Stephen and Cedric Gibson 1:18
205 Go Market Stephen and Cedric Gibson 0:33
206 Quadrille Charles Welch, Hezekiah Brown, and Henry Simpson 2:50
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