Audio Recordings Tambo Eating Tamarind

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors [Roberts, Mary Jane]
Cook, Robert
Cook, Robert Harrison
Kennedy, Stetson
Roberts, Mary Jane
Roberts, Wilbur
Dates 1940
Location Florida
United States
Language English
Subjects [Gospel Hall]
Bahamian Americans
British Americans
Conch Songs
Field Recordings
Palm Beach County
Riviera, Florida
Tambo Eating Tamarind
Contributor Names
Roberts, Mary Jane (performer)
Kennedy, Stetson (collector)
Cook, Robert Harrison (collector)
Roberts, Mary Jane (speaker)
Roberts, Mary Jane (speaker)
Kennedy, Stetson (speaker)
Created / Published
Riviera, Florida, 1940-01-16.
Subject Headings
-  Bahamian Americans
-  British Americans
-  Bahamian Americans -- Music
-  United States -- Florida -- Riviera -- place of recording
Field recordings
-  A Conch folksong about a bird, nicknamed "Tambo," that was frequently seen eating Tamarind fruit. The singer is the wife of Wilbur Roberts.
-  The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the Bahama Islands who later emigrated to South Florida. The unique accent of the Conchs--a mixture of British and Bahamian
-  The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified.
-  Performance Note: "Tambo Eating Tamarind" (vocals) performed by Mary Jane Roberts at Gospel Hall, Riviera, Florida, on January 16, 1940.
sound recording
sound disc
1 sound disc ( 17 seconds) : analog ; 12 in.
AFC 1939/013: AFS 03379 B04 DLC-AFC American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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