Format Audio Recordings
Contributors [Kennedy, Stetson]
Halpert, Herbert
Hurston, Zora Neale
Kennedy, Stetson
Dates 1939
Location Florida
United States
Language English
Subjects African Americans
Bahamian Americans
Bahamian Songs
Dance Music
Duval County
Federal Music Project Office
Field Recordings
Fire Dance Songs
Jacksonville, Florida
Jumping Dance Songs
Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice
Contributor Names
Hurston, Zora Neale (performer)
Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (collector)
Kennedy, Stetson (collector)
Hurston, Zora Neale (speaker)
Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (speaker)
Created / Published
Jacksonville, Florida, 1939-06-18.
Subject Headings
-  Dance music
-  African Americans
-  Bahamian Americans -- Music
-  United States -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- place of recording
Field recordings
-  A song from Nassau, the Bahama Islands, sung at jumping dances and fire dances. According to Zora Neale Hurston, "They're great songmakers, and their tunes are decidedly more African than the ones made by the Negroes in America. They make songs so rapidly, they say, 'Anything you do, we put you in sing,' and in a few hours they have a song about it. 'Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice' is about a woman that wanted to stay drunk all the time, and her husband is really complaining about it. He's explaining to the neighbors what's the matter with his wife and why they don't get along better."
-  Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project in Florida.
-  Performance Note: "Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice" (vocals) performed by Zora Neale Hurston at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, Florida, on June 18, 1939.
sound recording
sound disc
1 sound disc (3 minutes, 15 seconds) : analog ; 12 in.
AFC 1939/005: AFS 03139 B01 DLC-AFC American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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