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Bahamas Gov't statement on the passing of John “Chippie” Chipman
By Office of the Prime Minister, Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Sep 9, 2019 - 10:14:08 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today released the following statement on the passing of Mr. John “Chippie” Chipman:

The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is saddened at news of the
death of cultural icon John “Chippie” Chipman, who has passed away at the age of

On behalf of the Government and people of The Bahamas, and on my own behalf and
that of my wife Patricia, I offer condolences to the entire Chipman family on the
death of John “Chippie” Chipman.

The legendary drummer and entertainer was an ambassador of Bahamian music and
culture. He travelled the world in promotion of his beloved Bahamas, always proud of
his people and their traditions.

John Chipman loved performing for Bahamian and foreign audiences. Listeners were
often entranced by the rhythmic sounds of the master drummer.

John Chipman passed on his love of music, Junkanoo and Bahamian culture to his
family and countless younger Bahamians. He was an outstanding Bahamian.

John Chipman may have passed on, but his gift of music will live on to inspire us all.

May he rest in peace.

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