Funky Nassau: Roots, Routes, and Representation in Bahamian Popular Music

Funky Nassau: Roots, Routes, and Representation in Bahamian Popular Music

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by Timothy Rommen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520265688

ISBN-13: 9780520265684

Pub. Date: 05/19/2011

Publisher: University of California Press

This book examines the role music has played in the formation of the political and national identity of the Bahamas. Timothy Rommen analyzes Bahamian musical life as it has been influenced and shaped by the islands’ location between the United States and the rest of the Caribbean; tourism; and Bahamian colonial and postcolonial history. Focusing on popular

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This book examines the role music has played in the formation of the political and national identity of the Bahamas. Timothy Rommen analyzes Bahamian musical life as it has been influenced and shaped by the islands’ location between the United States and the rest of the Caribbean; tourism; and Bahamian colonial and postcolonial history. Focusing on popular music in the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, in particular rake-n-scrape and Junkanoo, Rommen finds a Bahamian music that has remained culturally rooted in the local even as it has undergone major transformations. Highlighting the ways entertainers have represented themselves to Bahamians and to tourists, Funky Nassau illustrates the shifting terrain that musicians navigated during the rapid growth of tourism and in the aftermath of independence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520265684
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/19/2011
Series:
Music of the African Diaspora Series
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Map of the Bahamas

1. Nassau’s Gone Funky: Sounding Some Themes in Bahamian Music
2. "Muddy da Water": Provincializing the Center, or Recentering the Periphery through Rake-n-Scrape
3. "Calypso Island": Exporting the Local, Particularizing the Region, and Developing the Sounds of Goombay
4. "Gone ta Bay":
Institutionalizing Junkanoo, Festivalizing the Nation
5. "A New Day Dawning": Cosmopolitanism, Roots, and Identity in the Postcolony
6. "Back to the Island": Travels in Paradox—Creating the Future-Past

Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography

Index

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