Alan Lomax Unreleased Haitian Field Recordings Come Out

A giant in the world of American music, Alan Lomax (1915-2002) recorded the music of folk musicians, documenting underground traditions and popularizing hitherto unknown artists, like blues man Huddie Ledbetter (1888-1949) popularly known as Lead Belly. Lomax is best known for his work in the United States, but his interest in exploring the roots of American music and his love of all things musical led him to travels in the Caribbean, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy and Spain.  In 1936-37 Lomax traveled to Haiti and recorded music everywhere from street carnivals to the jazz balls of Haiti’s opulent elite. The Library of Congress is now releasing those recordings, all 10 discs of them as a part of deluxe boxed set which also includes pictures and films from Lomax’s journey. A portion of the money raised will go to Haitian Earthquake relief efforts. Check it out here.