June 13, 2010

Exuma, the Obeah Man - Exuma

Exuma: the name of one of the Bahamas' largest islands, also, a spirit balanced between the worlds of the living and the dead; Obeah: an Afro-Caribbean tradition of sorcery.

Mixing powerful Afro-Caribbean rhythms with shamanistic exhortations and vividly Obeah-inspired lyrics, often this feels more like eavesdropping on a tribal ritual than listening to songs. Exuma and his accompanists make a spooky clamor with their bells, foot drums, chanting, gasps, sighs, shouts, and other percussive instruments, creating a mood both celebratory and scary.

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