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

Timothy Rommen


This book examines the role music has played in the formation of the political and national identity of the Bahamas. It 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 century and the early twenty-first century, in particular rake-n-scrape and Junkanoo, it finds a Bahamian music that has remained culturally rooted in the local even as it has undergone major transformations. Hi ... More

Keywords: Bahamas, Bahamian music, tourism, Bahamian colonial history, Bahamian postcolonial history, popular music, rake-n-scrape, Junkanoo, independence, musicians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520265684
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520265684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Rommen, author