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Traditional African Ritual Music of Guyana

Various Artists
Traditional African Ritual Music of Guyana

David Blair Stiffler's 1982 recordings, from the Guyana United Apostolitic Mystical Council and St. Matthews Apostolitic Mission, represent the African communities of Guyana. Integrating African animism and European Christian influences, the songs reflect the desire to maintain cultural ties to traditional beliefs in response to segregation and slavery (until 1834 under European rule) in Guyana. Religious rituals, marriage ceremonies, and ancestor worship are conveyed in traditional song, dance and drumming.

17 songs, 42 minutes, with liner notes including Guyanan history and song descriptions.

Track Listing

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Prayer and Invocation Caterine Skeet, Margo Johnson, Barbara Pilgrim, Elder Alphonso Gray, and Hubert Johnson 1:32
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102
Nation Caterine Skeet, Margo Johnson, Barbara Pilgrim, Elder Alphonso Gray, and Hubert Johnson 3:26
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103
Granny Me Coming Caterine Skeet, Margo Johnson, Barbara Pilgrim, Elder Alphonso Gray, and Hubert Johnson 3:00
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104
One Day Caterine Skeet, Margo Johnson, Barbara Pilgrim, Elder Alphonso Gray, and Hubert Johnson 2:26
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105
Mama Ma Ahwe Day Caterine Skeet, Margo Johnson, Barbara Pilgrim, Elder Alphonso Gray, and Hubert Johnson 6:14
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106
Achae Bolo Caterine Skeet, Margo Johnson, Barbara Pilgrim, Elder Alphonso Gray, and Hubert Johnson 1:32
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107
Ebinday Caterine Skeet, Margo Johnson, Barbara Pilgrim, Elder Alphonso Gray, and Hubert Johnson 2:13
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201
Lead Us Heavenly Father, Lead Us (Anglican Hymn) Charles Pilgrim, Frederick Donald, Mistress Bently, Sybil Baker, Mother Baker, Mary Solomon, and Charlotte David 2:33
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202
Nation Charles Pilgrim, Frederick Donald, Mistress Bently, Sybil Baker, Mother Baker, Mary Solomon, and Charlotte David 1:22
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203
Goo Night Eh Charles Pilgrim, Frederick Donald, Mistress Bently, Sybil Baker, Mother Baker, Mary Solomon, and Charlotte David 1:11
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204
Uti Tendi My Ma Nicki La (African Song) Charles Pilgrim, Frederick Donald, Mistress Bently, Sybil Baker, Mother Baker, Mary Solomon, and Charlotte David 2:16
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205
Ginga Roo (Hindu Inspiration) Charles Pilgrim, Frederick Donald, Mistress Bently, Sybil Baker, Mother Baker, Mary Solomon, and Charlotte David 1:43
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206
Tell Mairi, Didi Gone Away Charles Pilgrim, Frederick Donald, Mistress Bently, Sybil Baker, Mother Baker, Mary Solomon, and Charlotte David 2:33
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207
Yar Away Achae Moro Ko (African Song) Charles Pilgrim, Frederick Donald, Mistress Bently, Sybil Baker, Mother Baker, Mary Solomon, and Charlotte David 3:12
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208
Cuma Fish (Work-Fun Song) Charles Pilgrim, Frederick Donald, Mistress Bently, Sybil Baker, Mother Baker, Mary Solomon, and Charlotte David 2:15
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209
Walking & Talking Down Jericho Road Charles Pilgrim, Frederick Donald, Mistress Bently, Sybil Baker, Mother Baker, Mary Solomon, and Charlotte David 1:20
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210
Chin Mongo (African Song) Charles Pilgrim, Frederick Donald, Mistress Bently, Sybil Baker, Mother Baker, Mary Solomon, and Charlotte David 3:11
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