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“Gone ta Bay”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520265684.003.0004
“Gone ta Bay”

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This chapter's description of Junior Junkanoo and Sting captures the place of Junkanoo in the Bahamas. On the one hand, Junkanoo is widely understood as the quintessential marker of national identity. As such, Junior Junkanoo, inaugurated in 1988, represents a concerted effort to extend opportunities to younger participants whenever possible and to foster a love for the art form from an early age. The chapter explores festival Junkanoo and places the practice within a larger regional context, thereby providing a working framework for thinking about the extent to which popular musicians turned to festival Junkanoo for inspiration in the years following independence. Accordingly, the chapter is organized into two sections: it begins with an interrogation of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century practices and then turn to an exploration of the gradual and inexorable institutionalization of the festival and the implications of this process for Junkanoo itself.

Keywords: Junior Junkanoo; Bahamas; art; festival; musicians; independence; institutionalization

Chapter.  23646 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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