Quelbe! Music of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Quelbe! Music of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights SFW40568

Stanley Jacobs and The Ten Sleepless Knights wrap the old-time Virgin Islands quelbe sound of squash (gourd rasp), steel (triangle), flute, and banjo uke, in the contemporary trappings of electric keyboard, drum set, conga, and electric bass. The distinctively Caribbean, yet uniquely Virgin Islands, sound of quelbe music is an old but new dance music. Declared the “official” music of the United States Virgin Islands, classic songs such as “Queen Mary” and “LaBega Carousel” tell of historical events on the island of St. Croix, while other pieces accompany the local traditions of quadrille dance. 67 minutes, 32-page booklet with photos and extensive notes.

This recording is the ninth release in the Smithsonian Folkways African American Legacy Series, co-presented with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Year Released 2016
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2016 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) Caribbean; World
Country(s) Virgin Islands of the United States
Culture Group(s) African Caribbean
Instrument(s) Banjo; Bass guitar; Conga (Drum); Flute; Keyboard, electric; Squash (Musical instrument); Steel drum; Vocals

Download Liner Notes


101 Cigar Win the Race Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:42
102 Lagoon Mouth Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:16
103 Sly Mongoose Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:27
104 Beautiful Girl (calypso) Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:42
105 Lancers Number 4 Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 2:09
106 When You Had Me (jig) Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:03
107 Ho Bin Sen Yo? (marengue) Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:06
108 Bronco Jig (jig) Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:34
109 Don’t Walk Deh Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:05
110 Garty Ballantine Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:50
111 Hilly (jig) Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:03
112 Waltz Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 2:42
113 Matty Gru Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:43
114 LaBega Carousel Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:56
115 Marie Bull Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 4:09
116 Queen Mary Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 2:52
117 Musician Want Something to Drink Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 2:07
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