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African Americans vocals Ethnography Music Bahamian songs Jumping dance songs Fire dance songs Federal Music Project Office Jacksonville, Florida Duval County

A song from Nassau, the Bahama Islands, sung at jumping dances and fire dances. According to Zora Neale Hurston, "They're great songmakers, and their tunes are decidedly more African than the ones made by the Negroes in America. They make songs so rapidly, they say, 'Anything you do, we put you in sing,' and in a few hours they have a song about it. 'Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice' is about a woman that wanted to stay drunk all the time, and her husband is really complaining about it. He's explaining to the neighbors what's the matter with his wife and why they don't get along better." Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project in Florida.

Language: English
Duration: 3 Minutes, 15 Seconds
Performer: : Hurston, Zora Neale

Florida Folksong - Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice

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