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Thread #137067   Message #3134111
Posted By: Joe Offer
12-Apr-11 - 11:44 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Brown Skin Girl- folksong from Grenada
Subject: RE: Origins: Brown Skin Girl- folksong from Grenada
I haven't found much on Caribbean folk music. Alan Lomax did a fair amount there, and he produced a remarkable Town Hall concert in New York in 1946. Performers included The Duke of Iron, Macbeth the Great, Lord Invader, and Gerald Clark and his Invaders. I have a feeling that these performers, whose names are on many well-known Caribbean songs, drew their works from traditional sources.

The only early collection of Caribbean songs I know of, is The Island Song Book (1927), by John T. McCutcheon (1870-1949). I've been trying to get a reasonably-priced copy of that book for years, with no luck.