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Goombay is a form of Bahamian music and a drum used to create it. The drum is a membranophone made with goat skin and played with the hands.

The goombay name has also evolved to become synonymous with local Afro-Caribbean music related to calypso. In The Bahamas, its most famous practitioner in modern times was Alphonso 'Blind Blake' Higgs, who performed at the Nassau International Airport for many years.[1]

The Goombay Dance Band help to popularise the musical style in the West in the early 1980s. Their single, "Seven Tears", reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in March 1982.[2]


Bahamas Goombay 1951 - 1959 (Frémeaux et Associés FA5302, 2011) [3]

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kaliss, Jeff. "Junkanoo and Sloop John B.". 2000. In Broughton, Simon and Ellingham, Mark with McConnachie, James and Duane, Orla (Ed.), World Music, Vol. 2: Latin & North America, Caribbean, India, Asia and Pacific, pp 317-324. Rough Guides Ltd, Penguin Books. ISBN 1-85828-636-0
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 232. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "World music Bahamas 1951-1959 Goombay - avec blind blake, george symonette, charlie adamson - Frémeaux & Associés éditeur, La Librairie Sonore". Retrieved 8 January 2021.