“Calypso Island”

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:
“Calypso Island”

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This chapter explores the musical dimensions of the goombay years. It does so by taking seriously the concerns raised by Mimi Sheller's epigraph over tourist expectations in places like the Bahamas and by privileging her concomitant realization that local bodies, sounds, and institutions participate in what made the Bahamas a “place to play” and a “place in play” during these years. Like Frank Manning's study of black clubs in Bermuda—aptly subtitled Ethnography of a Play World—the chapter attempts to nuance and complicate the relationships between tourists and hosts, between cosmopolitanism and provinciality, and between the various forms of double consciousness and “twoness” that these relationships engender for local musicians. The chapter indicates that Manning sees club culture in Bermuda as essentially for and about local Bermudians.

Keywords: goombay; Mimi Sheller; Bahamas; Frank Manning; black clubs; tourists; hosts; cosmopolitanism; provinciality; consciousness

Chapter.  15157 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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