African American Folk Music (FL): Oh, the Buford Boat Done Come

Title: Oh, the Buford Boat Done Come, Contributor Names: Kennedy, Stetson (Collector)Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (Collector)Hurston, Zora Neale (Speaker)Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (Speaker)Hurston, Zora Neale (Performer), Created / Published: Jacksonville, Florida, Subject Headings: – African Americans- Dance music- Gullahs–Music- Songs- Instrumental music- United States — Florida — Duval County — Jacksonville, Genre: SongsInstrumental music, Notes: – 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.- A dance song in the Charleston rhythm from the Geechee country in South Carolina, learned in Florida from a Geechee woman.- “Geechee,” or “Gullah,” refers to a group of African Americans who settled on the sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Their geographic isolation enabled them to preserve more of their West African heritage, including some elements of the language.- Language used: Geechee- Performance Note: “Oh, the Buford Boat Done Come” (vocals) performed by Zora Neale Hurston at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, Florida, on June 18, 1939., Medium: Sound disc : analog ; 12 in., Call Number/Physical Location: AFC 1939/005: AFS 03138 A02, Source Collection: Herbert Halpert 1939 Southern States Recording Expedition (AFC 1939/005), Repository: American Folklife Center, Digital Id: Photographs in this collection are from the Library of Congress Florida category, 1930-39, including Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-And-White Negatives. Please see channel description for copyright statement. The videos on this channel feature uncensored historical documents, which may on occasion contain offensive material.


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