Audio Recording Blackem Boogey

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Title
Blackem Boogey
Contributor Names
Kennedy, Stetson (Collector)
Cook, Robert Harrison (Collector)
Kennedy, Stetson (Speaker)
Roberts, Wilbur (Speaker)
Roberts, Wilbur (Performer)
Created / Published
Riviera, Florida
Subject Headings
-  Bahamian Americans
-  Bahamian Americans--Music
-  Songs
-  United States -- Florida -- Palm Beach County -- Riviera
Genre
Songs
Notes
-  The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the Bahama Islands who later emigrated to South Florida. The unique accent of the Conchs--a mixture of British and Bahamian
-  A Conch song learned in the Bahamas. This song is about a man who lived all his life in the Bahamas without telling his name. Even when he grew up and married and had children, no one knew what his name was. Every day when the man went to the well to draw water, he would look at his reflection in the well and would sing the first two lines of the song. His children would stand behind him and when they heard him sing the first two lines, they would sing the third line, and he replied with the last line.
-  The singer, an 84-year-old blind man, was born in the Bahamas and emigrated to Florida ca. 1911.
-  Performance Note: "Blackem Boogey" (vocals) performed by Wilbur Roberts at Gospel Hall, Riviera, Florida, on January 16, 1940.
Medium
Sound disc : analog ; 12 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1939/013: AFS 03378 B03
Source Collection
Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook WPA Florida Recordings (AFC 1939/013)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcflwpa.3378b3
Online Format
audio

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Credit line

Please cite the source collection title, collection number, and repository, for example:

  • Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection (AFC 1939/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook Florida WPA Recordings (AFC 1939/013), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Alton C. Morris Florida WPA recordings (AFC 1939/026), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Florida WPA Recordings, 1940 (AFC 1940/011), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • American Folklife Center correspondence files, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Kennedy, Stetson, Robert Harrison Cook, Stetson Kennedy, Wilbur Roberts, and Wilbur Roberts. Blackem Boogey. Riviera, Florida, 1940. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/flwpa000002/.

APA citation style:

Kennedy, S., Cook, R. H., Kennedy, S., Roberts, W. & Roberts, W. (1940) Blackem Boogey. Riviera, Florida. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/flwpa000002/.

MLA citation style:

Kennedy, Stetson, et al. Blackem Boogey. Riviera, Florida, 1940. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000002/>.