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The Big Drum Dance of Carriacou

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The Big Drum Dance of Carriacou

The Big Drum Dance is one of the most significant musical rituals on the island of Carriacou in the Grenadines. Really a long series of dances, the Big Drum Dance is prepared for special festivals such as marriage ceremonies, tombstone raisings, fishing boat launchings and in the case of ill-health or ill-fortune. In each occasion, the main focus is twofold: remembering lineage and respecting ancestors. The music consists of singing and chanting typically joined by three drums, shakers and maracas.

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Cromanti Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:17
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Cromanti Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:21
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Arada Carriacouan singers, drummers 2:26
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Congo Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:36
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Temné Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:31
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Moko Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:55
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Chamba Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:33
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Chamba Carriacouan singers, drummers 2:17
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Juba Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:50
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Bongo Carriacouan singers, drummers 2:06
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Bélè Kawé Carriacouan singers, drummers 2:07
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Bélè Kawé Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:32
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Hallecord Rachel John, Cariacouan singers, drummers 2:14
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Gwá Bélè Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:16
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Hallecord Carriacouan singers, drummers 2:26
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Bongo Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:22
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Chiffonè Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:59
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Old Kalenda Carriacouan singers, drummers 1:21
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Stick-Fighting Kalenda Carriacouan singers, drummers 2:10
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Man-Bongo Carriacouan singers, drummers 2:04
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Hallecord Carriacouan singers, drummers 2:19
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Dama Carriacouan singers, drummers 2:13
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