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Waites on the Continent of America

SAO SALVADOR (Bahia, Brazil)

Thanks to Alan Radford for spotting this reference:
A Visit to the Principal Cities of the Western Continent by C.A.Goodrich, 1839.

"The Portugese are a musical people, and the negroes also are passionately fond of music. The "city wayts" are all negroes, and they have always a full band ready for service, which finds constant employ from public or private devotion."

Note from the Editor:
Were these Afro-Portugese musicians "waites" in the sense that we understand the term? It is impossible to say. It is apparent that, in the eyes of Revd Goodrich, these bands WERE fulfilling the role of Waites. There certainly were extant Waites in England until 1856/7, and in some English cities, even later than that. Reverend Charles Augustus Goodrich (1790 – 1862) was an American author and Congregational minister, a member of the Connecticut Senate, author of children's books and was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1820.
[Al Garrod]

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