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Religious Songs and Drums in the Bahamas

Various Artists
Religious Songs and Drums in the Bahamas

In this collection of Religious Songs and Drums in the Bahamas, Marshall Stearns demonstrates the strong external influences on Bahamian music and culture. The religious music by the Baptist-Methodist Group and the Congregation of the Church of God suggest a certain influence of American gospel music, while the drumming of the “Ring Game,” “Heel and Toe Polka,” and “Jumping Dance” indicate a continuance of African drumming traditions with the scraping element of a saw, unique to Bahamian “rake ‘n’ scrape” music.

Track Listing

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Walk and Talk to Glory Baptist-Methodist Group 2:32
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102
Please Hear Me When I Call Baptist-Methodist Group 3:23
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103
In the Upper Room Baptist-Methodist Group 3:44
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104
Church of God Congregation, Nassau Church of God Congregation (Nassau, Bahamas) 3:25
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105
Church of God Congregation, Nassau Church of God Congregation (Nassau, Bahamas) 3:42
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106
Church of God Congregation, Nassau Church of God Congregation (Nassau, Bahamas) 6:27
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Ring Play Alfred Henderson 1:12
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202
Heel and Toe Polka Alfred Henderson and Howard Johnson 1:28
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203
Fire Dance Gabriel Adderly and Alfred Henderson 2:43
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204
Jook Dance Gabriel Adderly, Alfred Henderson, and Howard Johnson 2:22
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205
Jumping Dance Alfred Henderson, Gabriel Adderly, and Harcourt Symonette 4:37

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