Tony, whose company is appropriately titled "Lotta Bells" (242/364-6961), furnishes custom-made cowbells to the Junkanoo community. He finds himself swamped with orders during the pre-Junkanoo period, as cowbells and the goatskin drums are a loving couple that are never far apart during the Junkanoo parades. Another great resource for a variety of Junkanoo cowbells is Dr. Philip C. Huyler (242/322-1602) who also hails from a family with a long tradition of Junkanoo involvement. Thanks to the folks at the Junkanoo art museum, Doongalik Studios (www.doongalikstudios.com), for referring me to Dr. Huyler where I almost missed my plane back to the city as I hurriedly purchased my first set of cowbells, a cultural item that had been on my wish list for quite a spell but which I'd never quite been able to put a finger on during my quick cultural getaways to Nassau.
Wish I'd known they were sold right at the Junkanoo in June festivities, since we went there last year to enjoy the Junka rushouts and that super-tasty Bahamian seafood. Well, next June I'll get a second pair either there, from
Dr. Huyler's convenient offices, or from that would-you-believe-it cowbell machine inventor, Tony Bellot. You go, cowbell man! Well, can't wait to see where Junkanoo ascends in the new millenium. The ex-slave ancestors who introduced this mighty culture and kept it going must be truly smiling :) in amazement from Spirit!