Honouring 'Chippie'

EDITOR, The Tribune.

J - Jubilant

O - Observant

H - Healthy of Mind & Body

N - National Junkanoo Treasure (Hero)

No Nonsense Father

Remembering “Chippie” A National Hero.

As our Bahamian Isles navigate through the ravishes of Hurricane Dorian; I was saddened to hear about the passing of “John Chippie Chipman”. He was blessed to live to see 90 years of age. He was a cultural icon, legendary icon, outstanding entertainer, Junkanoo Hall of Famer, Member of The British Empire and many accomplishments, too many to mention.

I remember purchasing three Goat Skin Drums from Chippie. I was enrolled in a course through continuing Education called “Afro Caribbean Dance and Drumming” held by the great Mr Roderick Johnson in 1997 by continuing Education and Extension Services.

Chippie’s Legendary Junkanoo group “Chippie and the Boys” always made an impact on Bay Street. His group was one of the first to allow women to rush on Bay Street. These women included his wife Rebecca “Queen Becky” Chipman; Maureen Duvalier and Naomi Carey to name a few. A great son of the soil has gone home to glory to meet his maker. I especially express condolences to Reece Chipman, one of my old friends back in the early 1980’s at The College of The Bahamas.

Rest in perpetual peace and may his legend live on for ages to come. We weep with hope that we will see him in that great getting up morning.



September 19, 2019.


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