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  • This album presents the distinctive Bahamian religious vocal music of anthems and “rhyming spirituals,” which seem to combine the traditions of singing sermons, African drum and bell rhythms, and call-and-response; featuring Raymond Pinder and Joseph Spence, whom James Taylor, Ry Cooder, and Jerry Garcia have all claimed as an inspiration.

  • This album presents the distinctive Bahamian religious vocal music of anthems and “rhyming spirituals,” which seem to combine the traditions of singing sermons, African drum and bell rhythms, and call-and-response; featuring Raymond Pinder and Joseph Spence, whom James Taylor, Ry Cooder, and Jerry Garcia have all claimed as an inspiration.

  • A fairly recent innovation, the steel drum has become so firmly linked with West Indies, it is often thought to be a traditional instrument of the region. This album features The Westland Steel Band of Trinidad performing a collection of songs associated with Carnival, the pre-Lenten festivities that annually engulf the island in a wave of music and dance.

  • These recordings, made in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica, showcase the respective Afro-Hispanic, Afro-French, and Afro-British traditions of each island. Drawn from both urban and rural settings, the selections range from largely African to largely European in influence, illustrating the wide range of diversity found in Caribbean music.

  • Like the incredible diversity of cultures that have left their mark on the culture of the West Indies, this album comprises music from many islands in the Lesser Antilles, demonstrating the power of cross-cultural exchange. Here, European waltzes and quadrilles fuse with African percussion ensembles, epic stories of Hindu gods are sung in call-and-response, and “bamboo bands” perform over the din of the cicadas on a warm tropical night.