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The Baha Men Biography


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Birth Place: Bahamas
Years Active: 1991–present
Genres: Pop, Junkanoo, Hip Hop


The Baha Men are a pop boyband from Nassau, Bahamas. They play a modernized style of Bahamian music called Junkanoo. They originated in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and then, after gaining some recognition, made their way down to the Bahamas. The group was formed in the Bahamas in the late 1970s as High Voltage, with the original members being percussionist Isaiah Taylor, Colyn "Mo" Grant and Nehemiah Hield. They were known for performing traditional Caribbean spunkanoo music.

The group renamed themselves as Baha Men in 1991, and released their first album under that name, "Junkanoo," in 1992. “Kalik” followed in 1994 on Atlantic Records and continues the rhythmic Junkanoo style of the Bahamas. Another Junkanoo album, “I Like What I Like” was released by Mercury Records in 1997. Their 1998 album, “Doong Spank” featured a cover of the Beach Boys song “Kokomo.”

The group achieved great, if short-lived, popularity with 2000's "Who Let the Dogs Out?" from their album of the same name and recorded with the help of Orlando Infante. The song was a chart success in many countries reaching the Top 40 in the United States.

"Who Let the Dogs Out?" also earned the band a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Dance Recording.

Their follow-up album, “2 Zero 0-0” featured the single “You All Day” which reached #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

“Move It Like This” released in 2002 included a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Coconut." None of the songs rose to success, including the album's title single "Move It Like This," but the album did chart at #57 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

“Holla!” was released in 2004 on S-Curve Records. The title track was featured in the 2004 movie “Garfield” and the music video featured scenes and references to that film.