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Max Reinhardt with Zakia Sewell

Broadcaster Zakia Sewell shares music from a recent trip to the Caribbean island of Carriacou where she explored the Big Drum tradition of her grandfather.

Broadcaster Zakia Sewell joins Max to share music from a recent trip to the home of her grandparents, the Caribbean island of Carriacou, where she took a closer look at the island's Big Drum tradition, an African dance and drumming ritual passed down through generations. Carriacou is tiny, just 13 square miles, but because of its size, its relative isolation and a tradition of absentee landlords during the slavery era, the songs, dances and rhythms of West Africa, carried to the island by enslaved Africans, have continued to survive, bearing the names of the tribes which they belong to: Ibo, Congo, Temne, Mandinka, Chamba and Kromanti. The stories in the songs provide an alternative history to the colonial records and for islanders, a vital connection to a deeper past.

Also on the menu tonight, frenetic dance music from the South African-London duo Okzharp and Manthe Ribane and time bending organ drone from Canadian minimalist Sarah Davachi.

Produced by Alannah Chance for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Ahmed Janka Nabay

    Game Ova

    • Build Music.
    • Luaka Bop.
  • Richard Dawson, Mike Gangloff & Nathan Bowles

    Wonderful People (Late Junction session 24.10.13)

  • Kink Gong

    Jing Jiu

    • DIAN LONG: Soundscape China / Destruction of Chinese Pop.
    • Discrepant.

    Extra Sensory Perception Part II (feat. Evelyn Glennie)

    • Standard Time.
    • Ubuntu Music.
  • Eliza Carthy

    Rivers and Railways

    Singer: Eliza Carthy. Ensemble: Moulettes. Choir: Freedom Choir.
    • New Music Biennial.
    • NMC Recordings.
  • King Tubby

    Cherry's Dub

    • Lost Treasures.
    • Jamaican Recordings ‎.
  • Big Drum group

    Temne Woman-o

    • Recorded by Alan Lomax in 1962.
  • Kadi & Cootje van Oven

    The Weather Is Bad, The Rain Is Coming

    • Bush Animals Don't Like Hunters: The Music Of Sierra Leone # 1 - Field Recording.
    • PAN Records.
  • Various Artists


    • The Big Drum Dance Of Carriacou.
    • Ethnic Folkways Library.
  • Janelle Monáe, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur & George 2.0

    Hell You Talmbout

    • Wondaland Records.
  • Béla Bartók

    Bartok A La Fenêtre

    Performer: Marc Sarrazy. Performer: Laurent Rochelle.
    • Chansons Pour L'oreille Gauche.
    • Linoleum.
  • Klein


    • cc.
    • Howling Owl Records.
  • Sarah Davachi

    At Hand

  • Okzharp & Manthe Ribane


    • Closer Apart.
    • Hyperdub.
  • Szun Waves


    • The Leaf Label.


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