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Quelbe! Music of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Quelbe! Music of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Stanley Jacobs and The Ten Sleepless Knights wrap the old-time Virgin Islands quelbe sound of squash (gourd rasp), steel (triangle), flute, and banjo uke, in the contemporary trappings of electric keyboard, drum set, conga, and electric bass. The distinctively Caribbean, yet uniquely Virgin Islands, sound of quelbe music is an old but new dance music. Declared the “official” music of the United States Virgin Islands, classic songs such as “Queen Mary” and “LaBega Carousel” tell of historical events on the island of St. Croix, while other pieces accompany the local traditions of quadrille dance. 67 minutes, 32-page booklet with photos and extensive notes.

This recording is the ninth release in the Smithsonian Folkways African American Legacy Series, co-presented with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Track Listing

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Cigar Win the Race Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:42
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102
Lagoon Mouth Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:16
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103
Sly Mongoose Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:27
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Beautiful Girl (calypso) Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:42
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105
Lancers Number 4 Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 2:09
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106
When You Had Me (jig) Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:03
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107
Ho Bin Sen Yo? (marengue) Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:06
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108
Bronco Jig (jig) Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:34
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109
Don’t Walk Deh Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:05
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110
Garty Ballantine Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:50
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111
Hilly (jig) Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 5:03
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112
Waltz Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 2:42
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113
Matty Gru Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:43
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114
LaBega Carousel Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 3:56
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115
Marie Bull Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 4:09
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116
Queen Mary Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 2:52
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Musician Want Something to Drink Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights 2:07
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