Music the Outlet of Expression
Rhymes and rhythms, beats and flows, violence and hate, peace and love, music Is a God given ability that we use to express ourselves and how we feel, to communicate and connect with people, to Inspire or break down dreams. Music Is defined not by notes on a sheet but by the people who construct every bar and the lyricists who paints pictures with their words. Music is also defined by the people who listen to it and those who criticize it and the author’s ability to convey a meaning and keep them entertained.In The Bahamas music is a major part of Bohemian Culture. At anytime during the day while driving the streets of Nassau it is possible that one out of every 10 cars passed will be playing loud music.
Festivals such as Kinkajou and Kinkajou in June draw large numbers of Bohemians who come to enjoy the music and the cultural based environment. There are many deferent styles of music that Bohemians use to express themselves but from a cultural point of view Bohemian music Is, calypso, rake n’ scrape, and reggae.Though In recent times Bohemians have lost touch with what Bohemian music really Is and what Bohemian music presents.. A musical style influenced by jazz, Calypso (Musical Styles), usually has tropical improvised lyrics which can set a Caribbean atmosphere anywhere, at anytime and for anyone. Many of today’s young people do not appreciate this musical style or know that is apart of Bohemian culture. In a survey conducted on C.
O. B main campus, it was discover that 80% of students don’t listen to calypso, and some students referred to calypso as being the music of the older generation of The Bahamas.It is evident that many young Bohemians are not in touch with their Bohemian roots and culture. Calypso music covers a wide range of issues that relate to real life, as experienced by the artists, and these are Issues such as love, greed, and oppression. Calypso Is better known as Combat and It dates back to the sass’s In the time where Alphorns Highs (Blind Blake) ruled this form of music (calypso’s. Org). It is said that Blind Flake’s music was enjoyed by the former King, Duke of Windsor, who served as Governor of the Bahamas during World War II.
As Ray Frank (Writer- calypso’s. Org) states, there are many great artist of that time such as Maureen Devalued (Calypso Mama) and she performed in many hotels throughout The Bahamas, on cruise ships, in Cuba and New York. Clearly calypso music in The Bahamas is still prevalent but it is enjoyed and appreciated mainly by the older generations of Bohemians and those who live family islands of The Bahamas, as I’m sure any Bohemian would agree.Calypso Is one style of music that is unique to The Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands, but a more popular style of Caribbean music Is rake n’ scrape. The music of dance, rake n’ scrape music Is usually accompanied by Bohemian Quadrille and the Heel and Toe Polka dances (Caribbean-guide. Info). When asked known of them knew how to perform them or where they originated from; clearly another indication that many Bohemian youth are not in touch with their roots and culture.
It is understood that all Bohemian music such as calypso and rake n’ scrape has that somewhat mystical power to raise the oldest of audiences to get up and shake loose the stresses of the world Bohemian style. There are many renown rake n’ scrape artist such as Chippie & The Boys and Edmund Mosey. Edmund Mosey is a Bohemian who was born on Ragged Island and his instrument of choice was the piano. His most famous and praised song is, “Burma Road Boys Declare War On The Conchs Joe” (Christian Justifies – phantasmagoria’s. Com).Christian reviews this song making note of the racial overtones and of black Bohemians rioting against the white Bohemians referred to as “Conchs Joes” (phantasmagoria’s. Com).
Through a small survey conducted I discovered that rake n’ scrape is not really known and most individuals were puzzled about the term rake n’ scrape, but when asked about rap artists like ‘Ill Wayne’ they immediately knew who I was referring to. It is all but disgraceful that some many Bohemians are not interested in Bohemians music and insight it brings of the Bohemian culture.To prove the point that many Bohemians are not interested in Bohemian music listen to 100 Jams Friday and Saturday when listeners can request the songs they want to hear, no one ever requests Ronnie butler, Funky D or most recent K. B. With music there are various instruments that are unique to that style of music and with rake and scrape there is no difference Rake n’ crap music is produced with basically what would be found in a tool shed, except for the guitar other than that all you need is a steel saw, a file, a few goat skin drums and little skill.Calypso music and rake n’ scrape are more unique to The Caribbean Islands but reggae music in general is universal. A style of music blending blues, calypso, and rock-n-roll with strong syncopated rhythm and lyrics of social protest, reggae is one of the biggest forms of music in The Bahamas.
Angelo Anthony Carter (Boy Blue) was born in Freeport Grand Bahamas and he is Just one of many famous Bohemian reggae artists (Mr.. Carter).One of the biggest known reggae groups in The Bahamas is ‘Bah Men’ who not only dazzled The Bahamas but the world with their music and the hit single, “Who let the Dogs out? ” As outlined on ‘Bahamas. Com’, The Bah Men group consists of an array of Bohemian men from different backgrounds who Joined forces to take Bohemian music and The Bahamas across the world (history). This style of music is really understood and appreciated by the youth of The Bahamas but the truth is the know more about foreign artists they do about Bohemian artist.Is this because foreign artist are better Han Bohemian artist? Twenty-five students were asked if they would prefer to listen to Bohemian reggae artist of a foreign reggae artist.
There were quite a number of responses to this question, some individuals said that they don’t have a favorite reggae artist and they don’t know any Bohemian reggae artist, while others say that would always prefer foreign artist such as I-Sash, Sizzle, and Barrios Hammond over Bohemian artist such as Bah Men.The reason they gave was because they can relate to foreign artist. Obviously these individuals can’t relate to Bohemian artist cause they are not in tune with their cultural roots. Reggae is a musical style that Jamaica, but Bohemians have developed their own style of reggae music that is to all Bohemians apart of the Bohemian culture, which some can’t seen appreciate. There are also many concerts and festivals in The Bahamas that foreign and Bohemian reggae artists perform at, but the foreign artist always get the most appreciation form the crowd.This was seen at a the most recent concert in November “A night of Love” when Bohemian artist ‘Jag Cure’ came one the stage he got a warm welcome UT when ‘Bennie Man’ came on the stage the crowd went ballistic with loud cheering, drinks being thrown in the air, and lighters being waved high in the air to welcome ‘Bennie man’. Music in The Bahamas is constantly growing and changing, and as new trends of music arise and new styles of music emerge Bohemians will be right there to add a little piece onto our culture.
Many of today’s Bohemian artists do not share the same the views as those artists who have come before them, as expressed by Ian. Many artists who are engaged in the music business in The Bahamas are portraying music as they perceive and understand it to be (Ian Claire- personal interview). The sense of music is derived from their morals, up bringing and what music means to the artists. Ian reveals that he assists any artists that cross his path, helping them to develop their voice, their vision and their music.He also states that Bohemians don’t want to hear calypso, or rake n’ scrape, so artist are producing what sells, which is rap hip hop and reggae. In some aspect it can be said that Bohemian artist are not producing cultural music because many Bohemians don’t want to hear it. Which is another indicator that unsung Bahamas are only Bohemian by birth right because so many don’t know anything about their culture and what it means to be Bohemian.
There are many different styles of music in The Bahamas but Bohemian music is and shall forever be rake n’ scrap, calypso and reggae. A vibrant means of expression, a tool to convey deep emotions of love, oppression and hate, music is an ever changing device of expression and shall continue to remain embedded in the hearts of Bohemians and Bohemian culture. The only thing left to do is to educate Bohemians about their our history and our culture, because when you know who are, hen you can appreciate everything that the Bahamas really means to Bohemians.