Excavating The Memory of Two Great Bahamian Musicians

Wednesday 03rd, November 2010 / 08:52 Published by

Pundit Larry Smith took a ride on the underground railroad of Bahamian music when he visited the Youngie & Exuma Exhibition at Doongalik Studios.

“Last week I took a trip on the underground railroad of Bahamian music. Man, I was walking in Jerusalem just like John. I saw a number of signs, and all the guides remembered quite well. And sometimes, they even had fire and brimstone coming out of their mouth.

“We embarked at the Doongalik station on Village Road. Jackson Burnside and Charles Carter were the conductors on a fascinating journey to excavate the memory of two great Bahamian musicians – the idiosyncratic guitarist Joseph Spence (who would have been 100 this year) and the obeah man Tony McKay (whose first album appeared 40 years ago, when Tough Call was a yoot-man).”

The Youngie and Exuma Exhibition at Doongalik Studios was a fascinating celebration of the lives of Joseph Spence and Tony McKay. Kudos to Orchid Burnside, Doongalik Studios and Charles Carter from Island FM for making this glimpse into Bahamian music history possible.

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