BOOK – Cangoma Calling: Spirits and Rhythms of Freedom in Brazilian Jongo Slavery Songs


New hybrid book in open access edited by Pedro Meira Monteiro and Michael Stone.

Cangoma Calling presents the vital oral heritage of the last generation of slaves in the New World, drawing upon an extraordinary trove of previously unknown field recordings of former Brazilian slaves singing jongo work songs and signifying chants. On par with the Library of Congress archive of former slaves’ testimony made during the Great Depression, these  unique  jongo recordings  owe their existence to historian  Stanley J. Stein and his wife Barbara H. Stein, who collected them in Brazil in the late 1940s. Linking past and present  experience,  Cangoma  Calling draws connections between Anglo- and Latin-African American cultural histories, suggesting how Central and West African traditions have taken original shape in the Americas.

Pedro Meira Monteiro is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages  and Cultures at Princeton University. He is the author of Um moralista nos trópicos (2004) and Mário de Andrade e Sérgio Buarque de Holanda: correspondência (2012), and is the editor of ellipsis: The Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association.

Michael Stone is executive director  of Princeton  in Latin America. He teaches occasionally at The College of New Jersey, writes for US and European world music publications, and produces and hosts the weekly public radio program Jazz Worldwide at 89.1HD2, Trenton-Princeton.

This hybrid book in open access is available at (includes 81 field recordings). You may download it to your personal digital library, print it at home, or take it to your local printers to produce a low-cost paper book. Please share.