Before starting to write haunting music for his songs, Anthony Joseph wrote music for the spoken voice: poetry, in other words. This influence is palpable; he isn’t just a singer. He is a guru, a Caribbean wizard who exhorts, uplifts the soul and sends it flying around his African brass and percussion. The legacy of James Brown, Sly Stone or Sun Ra is present but his charisma, his passion for live performance makes Anthony Joseph one of most singular amongst all unique soul artists. "Apart from sex and certain LSD trips, there’s nothing better than being on stage with musicians who give it all they’ve got to a screaming audience."
Funerary Music of Carriacou Presented here are the magnificent Big Drum songs from Carriacou, Grenada, a font of African and European musical traditions. This is music for the ancestors, or “Old Parents,” performed at Tombstone Feasts held years after death and burial, when the body is finally entombed and the spirit of the departed may at last rest in peace. Caribbean Voyage Released for the first time, Alan Lomax’s legendary 1962 recordings of the rich and many-stranded musical traditions of the Lesser Antilles and eastern Caribbean: work songs, pass-play and story songs, calypso, East Indian chaupai, and steel band music, reflecting the Central and West African, French, English, Celtic, Spanish and East Indian contributions to Caribbean culture. The Alan Lomax Collection The Alan Lomax Collection gathers together the American, European and Caribbean field recordings, world music compilations, and ballad operas of writer, folklorist, and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax.