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Bibliography and discography
Two publications by Richard A. Waterman provide theoretical background for the study of New World Negro music: " 'Hot' Rhythm in Negro Music," Journal of the American Musicological Society, I (1948), 24-37, and "African Influence on American Negro Music," in Acculturation in the Americas, ed. Sol Tax (Chicago: University of Chi­cago Press, 1952). Several studies of South American Negro music are important reading: Alan P. Merriam, "Songs of the Ketu Cult of Bahia, Brazil," African Music, I (1956), 53-82; Melville J. Herskovts, "Drums and Drummers in Afro-Brazilian Cult Life," Musical Quarterly, XXX (1944), 447-92; Luis Felipe Ramon y Rivera, "Rhythmic and Melodic Elements in Negro Music of Venezuela," J-1FMC, XIV (1962), 56-60; and Mieczyslaw Kolinski, "Part III, Music" in Suriname Folklore by M. J. and Frances Herskovits (New York: J. J. Augustin, 1936),
Negro music in the Caribbean is discussed, with musical transcrip­tions, in Harold Courlander, The Drum and the Hoe (Berkeley: Uni­versity of California Press, 1960), a study of Haitian voodoo culture. Peter Seeger, "The Steel Drum: a New Folk Instrument," Journal of American Folklore, LXXI (1958), 52-57, presents a recent development. Among the numerous publications on U.S. Negro music, John and Alan Lomax, Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly (New York: Mac-millan, 1936), George Pullen Jackson, White and Negro Spirituals (New York: J. J. Augustin, 1943) and Harold Courlander, Negro Folk Music U.S.A. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1963) are landmarks because of their theoretical importance.
Important records of Negro music in Latin America are Music of Haiti, collected by Harold Courlander, Folkways P 403, 407, 432 (3 disks); Cult Music of Trinidad, Folkways 4478; and Afro-Bahian Re­ligious Songs of Brazil, Library of Congress AAFS 61-65, Album 13 (78 rpm records). Among the numerous recordings of North American Ne­gro music we mention two large sets of records, Music from the South, recorded by Frederic Ramsey, Folkways FP 650-58 (9 disks) and South­ern Folk Heritage Series, edited by Alan Lomax, Atlantic 1346-52 (7 disks, including white and Negro music). Also worth mentioning are Leadbelly's Last Sessions, Folkways FP 241-42 (4 disks) and The Rural Blues, edited by Samuel B. Charters, RFB Records RF 202 (2 disks).

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