Exuma - "Do Wah Nanny"

The original music video was removed from YouTube. As a result, I have replaced it with the audio clip for your listening pleasure. Do Wah Nanny from Buddah Kama Sutra Records | 1971. Please press play to listen to the song.

Some of you may remember this song from "Exuma" but here is an interesting exercise for you to consider. After listening to the music, what music genre would you put this song?

The next bit of information was taken from wikipedia:
"Macfarlane Gregory Anthony Mackey, who recorded as Exuma, was born in the early 1940s on Cat Island (Bahamas) to Ms. Daisy Mackie and died in Nassau in the Bahamas on January 25, 1997.

Exuma was known for his almost unclassifiable music; a strong mixture of carnival, junkanoo, calypso and ballad. In his early days in New York's Greenwich Village, Tony McKay (his self-given name) performed in small clubs and bars. Later, along with his then-partner and lifelong friend, Sally O'Brien, and several musician friends, Tony launched EXUMA - a 7-person group that toured and recorded albums, starting with Exuma: The Obeah Man in 1970 and ending with Rude Boy in 1986.

His songs invoke influences from calypso, junkanoo, reggae, African and folk music with his lyrics dealing heavily with Obeah {VODUN}. His backing band known only as the Junk Band has included names such as Sally O'Brien, Bogie, Lord Wellington, Villy, Mildred Vaney, Frankie Gearing, Diana Claudia Bunea, and his good friend Peppy Castro."


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Unknown said…
I have to make this comment. The song Do wah nanny came out in the 1920s in The Bahamas. Exuma remade many old "Jumping dance" songs. Although it is fair to say that all of the songs in the Caribbean would have been generically labelled as Calypso because it was the popular brand, Do Wah Nanny is a traditional Jumping Dance song dating to the 1920s in The Bahamas. The song is Junkanoo, Cowbell, whistles and drum, The bass sound developed in early Bands that were forming in The Bahamas in the 20s and 30s. You can hear it being played in Blind Blake Higgs song, Spirit Rum. Goombay was another name for the jumping dance and became the brand name for professional musicians playing traditional Jumping Dance tunes. You can listen to Spirit Rum by blind blake and Uncle Lou/ my mama told me by George Symonette for traditional Goombay songs. Very different from Calypso during the same period.