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

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.

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