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This quantity describes the track and lore of Jamaica from the early sixteenth century via emancipation in 1838 to the mid-20th century. Olive Lewin explores the function of song within the lives of slaves and explores the lifestyles and ideology of the Kumina cult queen, Imogene Queenie Kennedy.

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Folk" language here refers to the usages of the Jamaican communality of country and city: cultivators, labourers, small artisans, domestic servants and so on, with little formal education beyond the 'Three Rs'; "Folk speech" is that which they use among themselves [Cassidy 1961: vii]. This "folk" language also comes easily to the lips of most other Jamaicans. It is also soon understood, in its less broad forms, by even short-term expatriates who wish to integrate with Jamaican society and relate to more than life on the surface.

Government-Supported Folk Music Research As Folk Music Research Officer, appointed by the Government in 1966,1 was responsible for carrying out research and documenting Jamaica's musical heritage. The contract was for three years, but the work continued uninterrupted for nine. The Minister then in charge, Edward Seaga, had been keen on handing over his own field tapes on Jamaican cults to someone who would continue the work, concentrating on aspects of 12 The Making of a Musician music and dance in our heritage.

As contact increased, so did invitations and opportunities to learn and become involved in village, backyard and family gatherings, festivities and funerals, work and play. Gradually my role was again changing. As we shared experiences and solved problems together, I became friend and counsellor. Little did they know how much they were enriching my life and affecting my world view. Acceptance and Accession Phase two melted into phase three. I became the only non-Maroon initiated into the Moore Town Maroon Community.

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