Nassau's Gone Funky

Timothy Rommen

in Funky Nassau

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520265684
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948754 | DOI:
Nassau's Gone Funky

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This chapter suggests that music in the Bahamas has been deeply influenced and shaped by three separate but deeply interrelated themes embedded in the chapter's epigraphs: the physical interposition of the Bahamas between the United States and the rest of the Caribbean, tourism, and the nation's colonial and postcolonial histories. These geographic, economic, and political influences, moreover, are unthinkable without considering the ways that travel is implicated in each of them. The physical travels the chapter explores include the journeys of Bahamians within and outside the nation; the influx of Caribbean migrants from places such as Haiti, Trinidad, and Jamaica; and the itineraries of tourists who flock to places like Paradise Island and Freeport, enjoying (or consuming) the sun, sea, and sand of the Caribbean.

Keywords: music; Bahamas; United States; Caribbean; travels; migrants; Haiti; Trinidad; Jamaica; Paradise Island

Chapter.  13337 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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