ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
INGO-ANGO FAY
Go fay, go fay!
Ingo-ango fay!
Circle this house in a hoo-sal lay,
In a-ingo-ango fay.
Go fay, go fay!
Ingo-ango fay!
Will jew my 'ligion away.
Mumbi, kiki, joki lo,
In a-ingo-ango fay!
A wordless chant was given me by Miss Emilie Walter of Charles­ton, South Carolina. Miss Walter says, "There is one song in which no words are used, only the sound 'un' sung through the nose, with the mouth open. This is a very sacred song, kept for the most exalted moment of getting religion. It is never sung in the presence of adult white persons, but a small white child had a keen musical ear and tenacious memory. The low voices begin it. It is taken up by the higher voices, then the top-notch sopranos come in and make a complete fugue. They sing this until the sinner is converted and the piercing shrieks of the converted finish the fugue."
Elizabeth Sullivan sent a couple of songs and an account of an un­conventional singer. " The Reverend Paul Sykes, bishop, pastor and janitor of the First Straight Gate Church of Kingsfisher, Oklahoma, who sang these songs, is a most interesting old man. He founded his church, and in order to get funds with which to build it and keep it