Music of the Bahamas, Vol. 3: Instrumental Music from the Bahamas Islands

Music of the Bahamas, Vol. 3: Instrumental Music from the Bahamas Islands

Various Artists FW03846 / FS 3846

In 1958, Samuel Charters captured the sounds of celebration during of the anniversary weekend of emancipation known as August Monday. On the island of Andros, Charters recorded traditional ‘rake ‘n’ scrape’ music by the Fresh Creek Dance Band, a harmonica tune by Charles Bastian, a few numbers by two brass bands, guitar playing in the style of the island’s own Joseph Spence, and an extraordinarily rare example of Bahamian fife playing on “I Drink All the Rum and Never Get Drunk”.

Year Released 1959
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1959 Folkways Records

Genre(s) Caribbean; World
Country(s) Bahamas
Culture Group(s) African Caribbean
Instrument(s) Bass drum; Drum; Fife; Guitar; Harmonica; Mandolin; Maraca; Musical saw; Snare drum; Sticks (Musical instrument); Trumpet
Subject(s) Dance; Folksong revival; Holiday; Hymns; Polka (Dance); Quadrille (Dance); Religious; Spirituals (Songs); Waltz; World music
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101 I Drink All the Rum and Never Get Drunk / Bad Woman (medley) Joseph Green 1:34
102 Take the Name of Jesus with You Prince Forbes 0:59
103 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus Prince Forbes 1:16
104 Liza Simeon Prince Forbes and Willie Green 1:43
105 Under the Precious Blood Charles Bastian 0:24
106 Mama, Bake a Johnny Cake, Christmas Coming Fresh Creek Dance Band 4:49
107 Gal, You Want To Go Back to Scambo Fresh Creek Dance Band 3:44
108 Everything the Monkey Do Fresh Creek Dance Band 5:24
201 In the Sweet Bye and Bye Daniel Saunders Brass Band 2:46
202 If I Want Him to Receive Me St. Bartholemew's Friendly Society Brass Band 1:38
203 Kindly Light St. Bartholemew's Friendly Society Brass Band 1:24
204 Oh, Jesus I Was Promised St. Bartholemew's Friendly Society Brass Band 1:49
205 Orange Blossoms Smell So Sweet Daniel Saunders Brass Band 2:28
206 My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean Daniel Saunders Brass Band 3:08
207 When a Man Marries His Troubles Just Begin Daniel Saunders Brass Band 2:43
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