sorry, peter--got into the discussion late
--- Michelle Hadden <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> tambo and bones were key players in a minstrel
> show, a type of vaudevillian (sp?) act where
> white performers painted their faces black,
> outlined their facial features with white
> and parodied numerous southern slave
> rituals, including dancing along to the rattling
> of bones.
> this type of thing is almost never performed
> anymore because of its obvious racial
> insensitivity, but it needs to be studied
> more to see what we can learn about
> race relations at the beginning of the 20th
> century, as well as those bits of southern
> culture which made it to the north.
> --- Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > In SWEENEY AGONISTES at the end of "Fragment of an Agon",
> > there is te song by Wauchope and Horsfall, with Swartz as
> > Tambo
> > and Snow as Bones. I vaguely remember that Tambo and Bones
> > references to a mummers play, or African ritual, or else
> > something
> > to do with Jazz.Can anyone elucidate?
> > Thanx,
> > Peter
> > Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
> > Dept. of English
> > Camosun College
> > 3100 Foul Bay Rd.
> > Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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> > www.camosun.bc.ca/~peterm
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