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Bahamian Rake-n-Scrape Music

Watch on YouTube In this fascinating Smithsonian Folkways documentary, Ophie Webb of the rake-n-scrape band, Ophie & The Websites, shares the history of the social dance music that was influenced by European and African cultures and prevails to this day in the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos. Runtime: 6 min.

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Sabal palmetto

While the cabbage or Sabal palm (sabal palmetto) is found from North Carolina, south through Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba, they attain their fullest...

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The Lighthouses of the Bahamas

on unc.edu A concise, thoughtful review of the islands' many lighthouses. By Russ Rowlett.

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Remembering our past

A good, concise history of the Bahamas.

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The subversive power of calypso music

Its bouncy beats and tuneful melodies often serve up serious, even subversive, messages. The music demands more careful listening. By Benjamin Ramm.

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The Sounds of the Caribbean

A hand-picked collection of Caribbean tracks. The perfect mood-setting soundtrack.

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Shakespeare in the Caribbean

Shakespeare and his plays are woven deeply into the culture of the British Caribbean, where there's a long tradition of using Shakespeare quotations i...

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Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea

In this BBC podcast, Sarah Dillon hunts down the story behind the writing of Dominica-born British author’s masterwork, which tells the tale of a "m...

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