“A New Day Dawning”

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:
“A New Day Dawning”

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The idea of the postcolony was born on July 10, 1973, and the newly independent Bahamas celebrated with Junkanoo, a new national anthem, and monuments to music and culture such as the album A Nation Is Born: A Musical History of the Bahamas. This chapter explores the difficult, even impossible choices that the Bahamian government faced from the moment of majority rule through the mid-1970s. Even as the government's nation-building impulse was inexorably channeled into the narrow terrain of financial and economic policy, the resulting decisions, pragmatic though they were, generated quite seriously negative consequences throughout the Bahamian entertainment sector. The decisions also illustrated that the journey initiated by the majority government, which had been ideologically driven by black nationalist ideas, had become a long march into a nonradical and a future of cosmopolitanism, a vision not shared by the entertainment sector.

Keywords: postcolony; Bahamas; Junkanoo; music; culture; government; black nationalist; cosmopolitanism; entertainment sector

Chapter.  18037 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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