|A1||Dis Long Time Gal|
|A2||Eyes Doan See|
|A5||Sunday Day Clothes|
|A6||Atta Ya No Ben Reddy|
|A10||Poor Lizzie Jane|
|B4||Wat A Wonderful Ting|
|none||The Jamaican Folksingers*||Authentic Jamaican Folksongs (LP, Album)||Hummingbird||none||Jamaica||1969|
The Jamaican Folksingers – Authentic Jamaican Folksongs. Label: Hummingbird (4) – none. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album. Directed By – Olive Lewin. Double Bass – Maurice Gordon. Drums – Dave Spence (2), Eleanor Wint. Engineer – Cecil Watt. Guitar – Eleanor Alberga (2). Performer – Dave Spence (2), Denzil Southwood Smith, Eleanor Alberga (2), Eleanor Wint, Lloyd Boyce, Marilyn Brice, Maurice Gordon, Monica Whyte, Olive Lewin, Raphael Emmanuel, Vibart Seaforth, Yvonne Southwood Smith.
A notable year in the history of Jamaican music was 1907, when Walter Jekyll's Jamaican Song and Story was first published. The Contents of this book include four parts entitled "Anancy Stories", "Digging Sings", "Ring Tunes", and "Dancing Tunes". Each part has an introduction, songs, stories, and melodies. Includes 51 items, such as the story and melody "Leah and Tiger" (item 36, pages 108–9)
The Jamaican Folk Singers, informed MacDonald Nevers, uses its repertoire of more than 200 songs - all of which are arranged by Dr Lewin - for its performances. These songs exude positive values. Too many of us look down on the country. Our objective always has been to show the beauty and worth of Jamaica," the singer said. She added that at times folk music is taken as loosely packed amalgamation, which is not the case. She informed that the Jamaican Folk Singers is planning to conduct music-in-education workshops next year. It has already done a performance in which music was used to teach various subjects. MacDonald Nevers is upbeat and excited on the prospects of folk music being relevant, alive and reaching out. "JCDC (Jamaica Cultural Development Commission) has done wonders in reviving folk singing and folk form, and I am seeing a lot more youngsters wanting to learn," she said.
Olive Lewin, Forty Folk Songs of Jamaica, General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, Washington, D. 1973. Olive Lewin, Rock It Come Over: the Folk Music of Jamaica, University of the West Indies Press, Kingston, 2000. Anand Prahlad, "Jamaica: Musical Traditions," in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African-American Folkore, Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, 2006, pages 685-687. Helen H. Roberts, "Possible Survivals of African Song in Jamaica," The Musical Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 3 (July 1926), 340-358.
The Jamaican Folk Singers are a Jamaican ensemble dedicated to traditional Jamaican songs. The group was founded by Dr. Olive Lewin in March 1967, originally a group of eight friends with an interest in Jamaican folk songs. The group were invited to play at the funeral of Count Ossie in 1976. By 2012 the group had expanded to 28 members. The group's current musical director is Christine MacDonald-Nevers, whose mother, the soprano Marilyn Brice-MacDonald, is one of the longest serving members.