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Big belly man polka

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Big belly man polka

Borrowing from the style of the European polka, this rake-and-scrape band from Ragged Island and Cat Island, Bahamas, plays an instrumental number to accompany the one-step, the two-step, or the heel-and-toe polka. The band consists of a saw, a goatskin drum goombay, and an accordion. The saw gives out a timeline, a rhythmic pattern that repeats, thereby marking the meter. Ensembles like this date from the early 1900s.

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