For hundreds of years along the scattered limestone islands in the Caribbean sea that make up The Bahamas, the human voice has been raised in melodious strains to a rhythmic pulse that is deeply influenced by the African ancestry of most Bahamians. Centuries of colonial domination, and the nearness of American and Caribbean cultures have also shaped the character of Bahamian music. As a result of these merging influences, Bahamian music is uniquely rich, reflecting generations of joy, hardship, innovation, and artistry. Bahamians are famous for the art of storytelling and their stories are sung as often as they are spoken. Stories of everyday occurrences become popular songs telling of broken hearts, holidays, and the beauty of the Islands' natural environment. Biblical and historical stories are also sung to sometimes issue a warning or inspire courage. It is performed by the Dicey Doh singers in the a cappella four-part barbershop harmony typical throughout the Bahamas. Bahamian sacred music is one of the Islands' most outstanding artistic expressions. Anthems are religious hymns that closely resemble songs of the antebellum slave era.
When I hear this tune, I envision sailing across the Yellow Bank 15 mi SE of Nassau , Bight of Ackilns, or Exumas Sound where the water is around 5 to 8 ft deep in every direction as far as the eyes can see, giving it that PERFECT shade of endless blue with scattered coral heads here and there to make it interesting! In fact, I'm going to use this very song in one of my videos when I take a boat in the Bight of Acklins later on in July. So how about you? What songs most remind you of the Bahamas?? Biggest Box by K. The house we rented Oceanaire on Eleuthera had one of the Best of the Best volumes and we wore that cd out! Paradise by Roman.
I'd love to know from all of you The song is about a Potcake! The Beach Boys "Kokomo" mentions the Bahamas several times. Tommy James and The Shondells "Crystal Blue Persuasion" because of the crystal blue-green and sometimes all blue clear waters.
These songs are not in any particular order. And this list is entirely subjective. Feel free to let me know if you agree or disagree. Exuma is one of my favourite Bahamian musical artists. A man who is, in my opinion, under-celebrated. Or was that a concertina? This artist is aptly named. His singing voice takes us back to another Bahamas. And this song took Goombay music or Rake n Scrape to a higher level. This is one of the songs that gave me a clear and strong sense of my Bahamianess.