Field Recordings of Black Singers and Musicians

An Annotated Discography of Artists from West Africa, the Caribbean and the Eastern and Southern United States, 1901–1943


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About the Book

Traditional African musical forms have long been accepted as fundamental to the emergence of blues and jazz. Yet there has been little effort at compiling recorded evidence to document their development. This discography brings together hundreds of recordings that trace in detail the evolution of the African American musical experience, from early wax cylinder recordings made in West Africa to voodoo rituals from the Carribean Basin to the songs of former slaves in the American South.

About the Author(s)

Craig Martin Gibbs lives in Kyoto, Japan.

Bibliographic Details

Compiled by Craig Martin Gibbs
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 467
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7338-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3187-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Abbreviations 8
Locations of Recordings 9
The Organization of the Discography 15
The Discography
Part I. West African Field Recordings, 1901–1942 19
Part II. Caribbean Field Recordings, c. 1914–1941 131
Part III. Southeastern United States African-American Field Recordings, c. 1904–1943 174
Appendix: Audio Sources 401
Bibliography 405
Individual Artists and Group Names Index 411
Recording Titles Index 420
Index of Labels, Archives, Collectors, University Collections, Major Institutions and Websites 458

Book Reviews & Awards

Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Winner, ARSC Award for Excellence

Finalist, Ray and Pat Browne Award for the Best Reference/Primary Source Work in Popular and American Culture—Popular Culture Association

“Highly recommended”—Choice; “invaluable…a must have”—Against the Grain; “unique and highly specialized volume…organization of the discography is highly detailed…essential”—ARBA.