The rhyming spiritual is a religious
genreof musicfound in the Bahamas, and also the songs, usually spirituals, and vocal-style within that genre. Rhyming does not refer to rhymebut to verse, the rhymer, or lead-singer, singing the couplets of the verses against the sung background of the repeated chorus. Rhyming was most popular during the sponge fishingof the 1930s (the sponges having been killed by a fungus), and Peter Elliotis considered the best rhymer.
Generally songs are structured verse-chorus-verse form, where the chorus is the goal of the verse, but in a rhyming spiritual the chorus becomes the
accompanimentto the verse. The verse progresses over the chorus and eventually coincides, often with the rhymer dropping out for the last few words of the chorus.
*"The Real Bahamas in Music and Song" (1996/2003), recorded by Peter K. Siegel and Jody Stecher in 1965. Nonesuch Explorer Series: H-72013/79725-2.
*"The Real Bahamas, Volume II" (1978/2003), recorded by Peter K. Siegel and Jody Stecher in 1965. Nonesuch Explorer Series: H-72078/79733-2.
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