Mêmê

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Material Information

Title:
Mêmê
Physical Description:
Audio
Creator:
SB
Recording and Field Log
SB
Editor
Louis, Willie ( Performer )
King, Stokley ( Performer )
Publication Date:

Subjects

Genre:
dance tune
bélè
Spatial Coverage:
Trinidad and Tobago -- Sangre-Grande -- Trinidad -- Cumana

Notes

General Note:
Caribbean, Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian
General Note:
Unspecified
General Note:
Cumana 4/62
General Note:
T
General Note:
Caribbean 1962
General Note:
This session begins with instrumental performances involving cuatro — small four-stringed Venezuelan guitar — and fiddle (tape 1053, tracks 5, 7, 9), followed by the alternating lead-chorus singing style characteristic of bongo performances (tape 1053, tapes 10-12; and tape 1055, track 1, 3, 5, 7). Also, interspersed throughout this session are five interviews with individual performers (tape 1053, track 6, 8; and tape 1055, track 2, 6, 8). The instrumental performances are meant to accompany a number of dance styles, namely a bélè (song-dance), a quadrille (Afro-Caribbean interpretation of nineteenth-century European set dance), and a “jig.” Bongo performances occur at a Trinidadian wake and feature music and dance to placate ancestors.
General Note:
The song follows a repeating (IV – I – V – I) harmonic progression played on the cuatro.
General Note:
fiddle
General Note:
cuatro

Record Information

Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
1053.0
System ID:
CA90000235:00001