|The BVI offer a wide variety of entertainment, especially live music. The Limin' Times features scheduled daily dates and places.|
Many a boater in Cane Garden Bay has had a pleasant evening surprise to hear this outstanding island music come drifting across the water. "Paradise" from a You Tube video, with the words "home man, home man, home, home, home--take me, take me to my paradise" is a beautiful synthesis of Caribbean, gospel and British rock influences. Visitors who regard the BVIs as a paradise can appreciate the irony in this eager expression of a native son to return home.
Local recording star, Quito Rymer, plays this selection (requires RealAudio), when performing at his Quito's Gazebo in Cane Garden Bay, with these time-tested lyrics:
Quito's music can be ordered here.
Foxy. The yachties' troubadour, the incomparable Foxy Callwood, sings spontaneous Calypso ballads, sometimes about his guests at his Foxy's Tamarind Bar and Grill on Jost Van Dyke (photo from TMM Bareboat Vacations).
is a kind of musical group and style unique to the BVI--basically a home-grown jam session
or "scratch" band with assorted homemade instruments such washboards, gourds,
"Fungi is a local food which has corn meal as
its primary ingredient and is combined with okras, onions, sweet peppers, etc. (although
it must be noted that sometimes it is served as plain cornmeal). The Fungi band is a
similar combination or "cook-up" of instruments."
Fungi is similar to 'Quelbe' in the US Virgin Islands.
A "j'ouvert" is a
In the BVI, a drum is called a pan, so Pan Vibes is a steel drum band.
Performers and Kind of Music.
Blue Haze-excellent modern reggae and rock
Eldon John--calypso and island tunes on guitar.
Elmtones--fungi, blues, rock, jazz and more (video).
Focus--selections from soft rock to calypso.
Latitude Stars--oldie goldie romantic music with a basic calypso/reggae theme.
For copies of recordings, call Mr. Varisse Hodge at 494-2927 (home) or 494-3475 (work).
Lonely Man One Man Band plays guitar and sings calypso, reggae and rock.
MJ Blues-blues (see
|Variety of Caribbean Music. "There are over 70 different styles of distinct Caribbean music, which varies from island to island. These include the junkanoo from the Bahamas, the rumba from Cuba, Jing-Ping from Dominica, the merenque from Haiti, Reggae from Jamaica, Zouk from Martinique and Guadeloupe, salsa and bomba from Puerto Rico, and Calypso from Trinidad and Tobago (article)."|
Dancehall is a Jamacian form of reggae, and much more!
|Reggae. Going Away (hear
excerpt), by Beenie Man/ Sanchez from Reggae Gold 98
shows the diversity of dancehall. Going Away is
built on an old time song. Many in the islands (see
the Mine Shaft's "All Out") grew up on these sweet old tunes
from the U.S. coming in on the radio.
Gospel Time (hear exerpt), from The Doctor album (audio CD), attests to Beenie's Christian faith. But who can understand Beenie Man? From the controversial "shake that booty that Jesus gave you" to the ascendant praise, "he is the lily of the valley," this song may draw in the modern idol worshippers-- whose idol is "booty."
of Babylon by Bolivar and the Connection. The fabulous
title song, Rivers
of Babylon, has gospel overtones. But it is the song Shine
On (South Africa) that truly shines.
Kaunda's Kysy Tropix (495-5636) has CDs and cassettes of Caribbean and local music at its stores on Road Town's Main Street and at Virgin Gorda's Yacht Harbour (see selections popular in the BVI here).
|Radio & TV Stations.
BVI. ZBVI Radio AM 750 has Caribbean, religious and contemporary. See list of Virgin Islands web radio/TV stations.
USVI. KISS at 101.3 FM is an adult-contemporary music station with local Caribbean programming each evening. JAMZ at 105.3 FM is a cutting-edge (18-34) music station with an uptempo urban sound. Hear them live!
LiveMarley features the legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers live.
Radio Margaritaville has Jimmy Buffet and island music.
Other Island-Themed Music.
Kenny Chesney's, Somewhere in the Sun, in the background to this photo montage featuring Jost Van Dyke.
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