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Music from Saramaka: A Dynamic Afro-American Tradition

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Music from Saramaka: A Dynamic Afro-American Tradition

Retreating to the inland forests of Suriname to escape harsh conditions on slave plantations, small communities were founded upon diverse African heritages and newly emerging cultural practices. The Saramaka, who eventually became one of the largest Maroon (runaway slave) groups of this area, have a musical repertoire that employs a multitude of languages, gourd instruments, hand pianos, and drums. In this collection of music recorded from 1967 to 1976 by Richard and Sally Price, the songs of the Saramaka people convey a narrative of struggle, determination, and cultural survival. Liner notes include musical analysis, lyrics and translations, and photographs of the artists and instruments.

RELATED LESSON PLAN
"Music From Saramaka: Maroon Life"

Track Listing

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Tree-Felling Songs: Matjáu baai A Pikílío man 10:59
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102
Adunké Elderly woman 0:55
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History in Song A Saramakan elder 1:45
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Bèntá: Apúku djómbo - The forest spirit jumps up Pikílío Bèntá player 2:19
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Bèntá: Djebikese kulé butá dí kándu - Djebikese runs to place the "protective charm" Pikílío Bèntá player 2:33
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106
Bèntá: Gádu tumáo - drumming for the forest spirits Pikílío Bèntá player 2:11
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107
Bèntá: Komantí tumáo - drumming for the komantí gods Pikílío Bèntá player 1:10
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201
Sĕkĕti Songs: Two songs of despair Female singer with chorus 2:00
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202
Sĕkĕti Songs: Song of Disaster, Love Song Female singer with chorus 2:21
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Sĕkĕti Songs: Song of Quarrel Female singer with chorus 1:24
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Sĕkĕti Songs: Song of Rejection Male singer with chorus 1:19
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Sĕkĕti Songs: Song of Resignation Same male singer with chorus 1:45
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Sĕkĕti Songs: Song for a Maiden Same male singer with chorus 1:40
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207
Sĕkĕti Songs: Song about a Parrot Ten-year-old boy 0:51
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208
Sĕkĕti Songs: Song of a Foreign Land A singer 0:54
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209
The Flight of the Hummingbird Drummers 1:57
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210
Sĕkĕti drumming Drummers 2:29
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Drumming for Bandámmba Drummers 1:19
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Apínti: Talking drum A drummer 4:22
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