Musical Band in John Canoe (Jonkonnu, JonKanoo) Festival, Jamaica, 1837


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Belisario12

Source
Isaac Mendes Belisario, Sketches of character, in illustration of the habits, occupation, and costume of the Negro population, in the island of Jamaica: drawn after nature, and in lithography (Kingston, Jamaica: published by the artist, at his residence, 1837-1838).

Comments
Captioned, Band of the Jaw-Bone John-Canoe (See also image Belisario05), this illustration shows one man playing a conventional Western drum, a "Bass drum" while another plays the "Gumbay" (also called a Box or Bench drum); the latter is a "small square wooden frame over which a goat's skin is tightly strained and is supported by a tattered urchin." A rasp is played by the man on the left; it is "simply the lower jaw of a horse, on the teeth of which a piece of wood is passed quickly up and down, occasioning a rattling noise." For background on the artist, see Belisario01.