Caribbean Music Returns To Its Roots

The Alton Augustus Adams Music Research Institute (AMRI), St. Thomas, USVI, a branch of the Center for Black Music Research of Columbia College Chicago, will officially take receipt of an entire set of the digitized Caribbean music field recordings made by Alan Lomax in 1962. AMRI has been designated by the Alan Lomax Archive as the central repository in the Caribbean of these historic recordings. The public program, during which the materials will be transferred to AMRI, will be held at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef at 7:00 P.M. Anna Lomax Wood, daughter of Alan Lomax, will make the presentation to Dr. Rosita M. Sands, Executive Director of AMRI.

The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society has been designated as the repository of the recordings Lomax made on those islands in 1962. In the first dissemination program under AMRI’s direction, copies of the St. Kitts and Nevis recordings will be presented to the NHCS in a formal program in Nevis on November 14.

Originally posted: December 10, 2005