What is Junkanoo?
Junkanoo is a Bahamian festival which was started by slaves who came to the islands during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The most controversial aspect of Junkanoo is its origin. Most folklorists have asserted that the Junkanoo got it name form a festival resembles the West African John Canoe, a festival also said to be celebrated by West African slaves.
In the pre-emancipation era the slaves were allowed a special holiday at Christmas time. During this time they were allowed to leave the plantation, visit relatives and the most exciting event was the holding of the grand dance.
Junkanoo parades are highly spirited performances, involving not only beautiful costumes but traditional choreograph dance and body movement, plus pulsating Bahamian music. The standard instruments include hand-made goatskin and bass drums, tom-toms (derived from trap sets), cowbells, small one-note horns, whistles and, more recently, trumpets, trombones and sousaphones.
Bahamas Junkanoo Revue
We are a Junkanoo entertainment specialist that provide the very best performances with our special performers and musicians. We offers our services to corporate events, special and privates parties, parades and festivals, and promotions and advertising programs.
Our performance is a unique brand of entertainment that appeals to high profile clients who are looking for special entertainment for their guests.
Junkanoo parades are highly spirited performances, involving not only beautiful costumes but traditional choreograph dance and body movement, plus pulsating Bahamian music. The standard instruments include hand-made goatskin and bass drums, tom-toms, cowbells, small one-note horns, whistles and, more recently, trumpets, trombones and sousaphones.
what we do
Junkanoo Revue Miami is a Junkanoo entertainment specialist that supplies the very best performers and musicians for corporate events. Our performance is a unique brand of entertainment that appeals to high profile clients who are looking for special entertainment for their guests. We have worked with many international clients that include Carnival, Nike, Miami Heat, Volvo, Bimini Fast Ferry and many more. We pride ourselves on our quality of entertainment and personalize the performance we provide to our clients.
Junkanoo is a national festival in The Bahamas, that is enjoyed twice a year during December 26th (Boxing day) and Janurary 1st (New Years Day). We can bring this unique cultural experience to your next event.
Our cleint list include many big name celebrities and business owners. No performance is too big or too small we can customize your event to suite your entertainment needs.
Festivals & Parade
Festials and Parade are special events for our group, the origin of Junkanoo were based on such performances. We have performed in many events put by countless municipalities here in Florida, Atlanta and Washington DC.
Make a lasting impression at your next corporate event when you hire Junkanoo Review Miami to create an unique and colorful performance the will be unforgettable.
Special occassions require special preformances, and for over 20 years we have provided entertaiment tailored to our clients specific needs. If you are looking for promotional entertainment, and private events performance we can help!
About the Co-Founders
On March 25, 2009 Mr. Langston Longley received several awards for his life long accomplishments in folk life. The Florida Folk Heritage Awards presented by Governor Charley Christ, a Florida Department Proclamation from Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation awarded by Congress Women Frederica Wilson, and a proclamation from the Consulate General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Mr. Longley is the co-leader of the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue of Miami, a band the uses vibrant costumes and percussive instruments such as cowbells, authentic goatskin drums, horns, and whistle to show case colorful Bahamian masquerade traditions and captivating native sounds. Junkanoo Revue Miami does performances and workshops at schools, museums, hotels, festivals and parades in Florida. and other states. The group has been featured by the historical Museum of South Florida. in two multimedia exhibitions: The Caribbean Percussion Tradition in Miami and Cross Roads. These exhibitions the groups first CD was released.
Langston is an active member of the St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church. Served as chairman of the Trustee board for over 2o years , a member of the National Association of the Bahamas (NAB) where he serves Business Program Chairman, and a mentor with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. Hes was also and appointee of the Miami-Dade Housing Choice Voucher Program Land Lord Advisory Council. Langston is also a Real Estate specialist with Century 21 Mirramar Realty, located 7979 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar, FL 33023. tel: (954) 981-5555 or mobile 305 788 0000.
Clinton Neely Co-Founder of the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue. Mr. Neely has been involved in Junkanoo for many years in the Bahamas , and after settling permanently in Florida, he embarked to strengthen the State’s Junkanoo tradition by co-founding the group. Mr. Neely along with his partner Mr. Longley educate the public about the array of arts represented by the tradition through workshops and performances at schools, museums, hotels, festivals, and parades. In addition, he has created innovations in Junkanoo costume decoration and construction that not only have been influential in Florida, but have also been adopted by some artists in the Bahamas.