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BAHAMAS Andre Toussaint: Bahamian Ballads

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 54:53
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ANDRE TOUSSAINT

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1 

Island Woman

2:36
     
2 

Gondolier

2:40
     
3 

Est Es Felicidad

2:14
     
4 

Complaini D'Amour

2:29
     
5 

Calypso Island

2:07
     
6 

Little Nassau-Bahama Mama

3:48
     
7 

School of Cha Cha Cha

1:56
     
8 

C'est Si Bon

2:48
     
9 

Perfida

2:37
     
10 

Bambino

2:26
     
11 

J'attendrai

1:38
     
12 

Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma

3:57
     
13 

Watermelon Spolin' - Here I Go Walkin'

2:44
     
14 

Jusque Bout Du Monde'

3:07
     
15 

Come Closer To Me

2:13
     
16 

Hold 'm Joe

1:26
     
17 

El Reloj

2:19
     
18 

Mi Yiddishe Mama

2:41
     
19 

Nadie Me Ama

2:54
     
20 

Marisa

1:58
     
21 

Ciao Ciao Bambino

1:49
     
22 

Granada

2:26
   


André Toussaint was a native Haitian who made his home in Nassau, Bahamas, for most of his singing career. He was known for his golden voice, sometimes compared in his calypso lounge-style to Harry Belafonte, and thrilled guests everywhere he performed. Toussaint was a regular at the popular Bay Street bistro Blackbeard’s and the famous La Fin, where one of his live shows was recorded. Several selections from that performance are featured on this collection.
 
Toussaint’s heyday was during the 1950s "Jetset" Calypso era of the Bahamas, when he became renowned for his mellow style as well as his upbeat performances. His music was considered particularly eloquent, as its sensitivity represented a soothing counterpoint to the often frenetic Goombay and Junkanoo music of the Bahamas. He sang in French, Haitian, Italian, and Spanish. Toussaint often combined Bahamian folk favorites into medleys, like "Watermelon Spoilin’ on the Vine," "Bahama Mama," "Little Nassau," and "Here I Go Walkin’ Down de Road." He worked with the best musicians the islands had to offer, including legendary songwriter George Symonette, temperamental singer/guitarist Eloise Lewis, and fellow Haitian saxophonist and good friend Marcel Pierre.
 
Although in the 1950s and 60s the Bahamian nightclub scene was dynamic with dance bands and stage shows that included fire eaters and limbo dancers, the more than two dozen clubs suffered from the rising popularity of the Cable Beach and Paradise Island entertainment venues. Beginning in 1967, over an 18-month period, two-thirds of the nightclubs closed, just as tourism in the Bahamas reached the one-million mark.
 
Toussaint continued to perform at the smaller downtown clubs and restaurants. He also entertained at the Flagler Beach Hotel on Paradise Island. He was at home with the informal elegance of the Buena Vista, one of Nassau’s longstanding upscale restaurants. It was during his last tenure at the Buena Vista that he passed away, in 1981.
 
"He was an excellent guitarist who had the ability to play not only the melody, but the harmony…It was always a pleasure to hear a band playing when he was involved. He worked very hard to hone his art to make it very special."   Sir Clement Maynard - Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism (1968-1980)
 
"Toussaint has a warm, deep baritone, perfect diction (in English, Spanish, French, and faux Creole) and a humorous delivery that makes every tune here sparkle like the sun on a tropical sea."

J Poet - Pulse - August 2002 


 "Genuine stealth appeal...Haitian-born Toussaint makes the most of a smooth voice and unassuming delivery."

 
Bob Tarte - The Beat - June 2002

"Bahamian Ballads compiles rare recordings that have been significantly restored from their 1/4-inch analog masters...an intriguing international odyssey led by one of the region’s more eclectic lesser-known talents."
 
Patricia Meschino - Global Rhythm Magazine - September 2002



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