Junkanoo has evolved to a more organized parade with
intricate costumes, themed music and prizes. Traditional
drums are still made of goat skins, lightweight and
strapped to the front of the player; in Shango and
Orisha pallet, drummers all sit in a circle, bow to
the mother drum and say a silent prayer.
end drums begin to play, while the central drum, the
mother drum, answers and picks up the rhythm. Beside
the mother drums are the cutters. As the drummers,
sit cross-legged with their drums held between their
knees, cutters answer the mother drum in a hierarchy
of drum sounds. Weddings are celebrated weeks before
the official ceremony. Funerals are commemorated by
parties long after loved ones are gone. The laid-back
attitude of Bahamians is a healthy byproduct of freedom
and the good life.