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Thread #32772   Message #4079296
Posted By: GUEST
11-Nov-20 - 10:52 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Sloop John B
Subject: RE: Origin: Sloop John B
You're Welcome. There were many local tunes that Prouty may have turned into Band music. However, this is difficult to say, as Black people weren't allowed to play in mainstream settings and were largely travelling orchestras, while Whites were able to be professional orchestras. So the question would still be is Prouty really responsible for turning them into Band music or was he simply credited for it because Black orchestras were ostracized. These are dynamics that should always be considered. Tanneray performed by Blind Blake Higgs was mentioned as a Bahamian Ditty in 1913, 2 years before Blind Blake Higgs was born. These Black orchestras were mentioned by visitors in the late 19th century. Their common orchestra consisted of a concertina, triangle and tambourine. They performed well-known songs and original songs as noted by a 19th-century American visitor to The Bahamas.