Audio Recording Oh Mr. Brown

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Oh Mr. Brown

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Title
Oh Mr. Brown
Contributor Names
Kennedy, Stetson (Collector)
Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (Collector)
Corse, Carita Doggett, b. 1892 (Speaker)
Hurston, Zora Neale (Performer)
Created / Published
Jacksonville, Florida
Subject Headings
-  Bahamian Americans--Music
-  African Americans
-  Dance music
-  Songs
-  United States -- Florida -- Duval County -- Jacksonville
Genre
Songs
Notes
-  A Nassau song from the Bahamas, sung when jumping the fire dance. "The fire dance is some sort of African survival in the West Indies, and they beat the drums and sing these little songs."
-  Zora Neale Hurston, here interviewed by Dr. Carita Doggett Corse (state director of the Florida Federal Writers' Project), learned quite a few fire dance songs when collecting songs in the Bahamas for Columbia University. Originally of Eatonville, Florida
-  Performance Note: "Oh Mr. Brown" (vocals with patting) performed by Zora Neale Hurston at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, Florida, on June 18, 1939.
Medium
Sound disc : analog ; 12 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1939/005: AFS 03144 B02
Source Collection
Herbert Halpert 1939 Southern States Recording Expedition (AFC 1939/005)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcflwpa.3144b2
Online Format
audio

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Chicago citation style:

Kennedy, Stetson, Herbert Halpert, Carita Doggett Corse, and Zora Neale Hurston. Oh Mr. Brown. Jacksonville, Florida, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000042/. (Accessed June 28, 2017.)

APA citation style:

Kennedy, S., Halpert, H., Corse, C. D. & Hurston, Z. N. (1939) Oh Mr. Brown. Jacksonville, Florida. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000042/.

MLA citation style:

Kennedy, Stetson, et al. Oh Mr. Brown. Jacksonville, Florida, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000042/>.