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Thread #128220   Message #2870721
Posted By: mikesamwild
24-Mar-10 - 09:22 AM
Thread Name: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Subject: RE: The Advent and Development of Chanties
I've just been reading 'Origins of the Popular Style' about popular music by Peter van der Merwe, Oford Clarendon press, 1989

He gives some interesting links to Arab and African worksong and also seesm to think that the middle eastern influence would have spread widely in Europe and Africa and he thinks older Hebridean work songs woud be tied ino that tradition.

So when indentured Irish and Scottish 'servants' met African slaves in the camericas there could have been fertile ground for work songs.

Does anyone remember work songs when Michael Palin was on that Slow Boat from Arabia to India?