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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
03-Jun-11 - 07:55 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Brown Skin Girl- folksong from Grenada
Subject: RE: Origins: Brown Skin Girl- folksong from Grenada
Mille Cozart Riggio, 2004, Carnival Culture in Action, The Trinidad Experience, attributes "Brown Skin Girl" to the Grenadines, "Sly Mongoose" to Jamaica, "Stone Cold Dead" to Barbados and L'Année passée to Martinique.
She teaches at Trinity College, Connecticut, and is quite kbnoledgeable on Caribbean culture. I haven't seen the book, the page on which her statement is made is on the net by Google. I don't know if she gives any details.

Radio King's 1946 song, with reference to North American sailors and made a hit by Belafonte, is the one with which most of us are familiar.