Peanuts Taylor: "Wherever there's a Bahamian there's a Drum"
2001) Peanuts Taylor began beating a drum at the age of four and
never stopped. The world-renowned percussionist played Cuba's Tropicana
in its 1950's heyday and today travels the world as a representative
of Bahamian culture. But when he has a few days free he heads to
Harbour Island, birthplace of his mother, Eunice Higgs, and the
place she brought him to live during the last year of her life.
After years of running the successful Drumbreat club in Nassau,
Peanuts has retired to perform, to teach, and to act as a representative
of the Ministry of Culture. This year he performed at Percussion
2001 in Cuba with musicians from countries including Africa, Spain,
and France, and he became the first non-Cuban to win that country's
cultural medal of honor.
Peanuts is also a bit of a philosopher who frequently rereads Hugh
Prather's "Notes to Myself." Fingering a well-thumbed
copy over coffee at Arthurs Bakery he explained, "Material
benefits don't last. Only purity and truth are lasting. To be happy
we must share our gifts."
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