New Reviews: June 12, 2001
Sounds from the Tin
This remarkable ghost-like album winds together a complex variety of threads
into a veritable sonic cloth. Smooth vocals and melodious strings are supported by
ubiquitous percussion in multilayered strands, ranging from Yoruban to
easy-listening and back to pop. The skillful Da Lata musicians are masters in the genre of
fusion, to which this album is a grand tribute.
Tombstone Feast: Funerary Music of Carriacou
From the Caribbean Voyage series of the Alan Lomax collection hails the "Big Drum"
songs recorded in 1962 on Carriacou, one of many islands called the Grenadines.
Funerary music for the final resting and honoring of the dead, which may take place
ten years after death, the "Big Drum: songs originate, like most of Carriacou's
people, from numerous African traditions. With extensive liner notes and lyrics,
this CD is of archival quality.
Martinique: Cane Fields and City Streets
Another in the Caribbean Voyage series of Alan Lomax recordings, this CD of drum
songs of Martinique is an excellent introduction to the varied music of this complex
Caribbean culture with which many Creole and African-American traditions are linked. The detailed liner notes comprise the equivalent of a small book, with much
scholarly music of the common folk. Lyrics are included, in original form and in
translation. Although several decades old, this CD is of fine quality both in
content and clarity. Highly recommended.
Reviews by Jenece C. Gerber.