Monday, June 15, 2009

Eddie Minnis

Found this cassette on the EM label some years ago in a charity shop. A curios mixture of reggae and soul with a pinch of humour thrown in for good measure.
Four tracks here are Finance Man, Johhny, Peter and Tarzan Or Robinhood.

"Bahamian Artist Eddie Minnis was born on October 14th 1947. He was educated at St. John's College and government high school in Nassau. He graduated from McGill University, Montreal Canada, in 1971 with a B.Sc.. Degree in Architecture.

Eddie is a self-taught artist. He has worked in a number of mediums including ink, watercolours and pastels, but now specializes in oil painting with the palette knife. Eddies paintings are strikingly three- dimensional in appearance and vibrate with the bright colour and light of the Bahamas. Mr. Minnis held one man shows in 1969, 1972, 1976 and 1986.

He has participated in numerous group shows, both locally and abroad. His paintings are in private collections in many parts of the world including the USA, Britain, Australia, Canada and Korea.

Minnis created a satirical cartoon "Pot Luck" in 1970 which appeared in the Nassau Guardian for 7 years and in the Tribune from April 1977 until October 1981.

Since 1971 this artist has also carved another name for himself as a singer-songwriter. He now has 11 calypso albums to his credit - "Der Real Ting", "Expressions of Love", "Nicole and Shan an...", "Island Life", "Mind your own Business", "Junkanoo Jam", "Guilty", "Hey Mon", "Discovery", the "Greatest Hits" Album and now the "Tropical Waves".

He is married to former Sherry Thompson and they have three children: Nicole, Roshanne and Ward who are also artists."

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