Bahamian Music Descriptive Essay

Bahamian Music
An overview of Bahamian, also known as Junkanoo, music from the Bahamas.
# 119582 | 1,086 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on May 10, 2010 in Music Studies (World Music)

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This paper looks at Bahamian music, or Junkanoo music, as a unique cultural artifact from the Bahamas. This type of music is considered to be part of Caribbean music as a large grouping, but is specific to the islands of the Bahamas. The paper looks at how the main influences on Junkanoo music seem to be African and European influences, which would make sense considering the nation's history. The paper also discusses how Junkanoo music is not a popular import, like reggae or salsa and how it is based more on the past and tradition.

From the Paper:

"One has to think about colonialism and its influence on Junkanoo music as well. Because Junkanoo from this perspective can be seen as a sort of reaction against British colonialism, because it seeks to fuse an African tradition, and also perhaps native tribal traditions, mixing song, dance, and an evolving narrative. Thinking of a pre-colonial Caribbean and defining it as so is difficult given the current perspective of colonialism, which also involves such concepts as cultural stereotyping and the elimination of native cultures and societies. And no one would deny that Junkanoo also has its share of European influences. Many of the instruments used in this type of music have an improvisational nature as well, such as using old barrels as a way of making percussion. There are elements of found art objects and the notion of taking advantage of what is at hand to make the music. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Rommen, T (1999). Home sweet home. Black Music Research.
  • Junkanoo music (2009).
  • Junkanoo (2009).

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