The Baha Men Met Disney And Made History For Caribbean Music
The Baha Men, a band originally from the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, gained worldwide fame in 2000 with a song that almost everyone on this planet has heard before. “Who Let the Dogs Out” is a song originally penned and released by Trinbagonian soca artiste, Anslem Douglas. It was then covered by producer Jonathan King who sang it under the name Fat Jakk . The rest was history making. ” Who Let The Dogs Out” led to the Baha Men enjoying world tours and deals with Disney and Nickelodeon. They created global awareness for Caribbean music
Here is our Top 5 list of things to know about the Baha Men:
1. They were originally known as “High Voltage”
As the pioneers of Bahamian Junkanoo, the band did not initially represent their island of origin when they debuted in 1977. However, when they got more attention internationally, the band changed their name to the Baha Men
2. Their most famous hit is a cover
Their most famous hit, “Who Let The Dogs Out” was originally sung by Trinbagonian soca artiste, Anslem Douglas. Douglas is a is a musician and composer from Trinidad and Tobago. The song was originally called “Doggie” before being covered by the Baha Men.
3. They’ve worked with Disney on multiple occasions
The Baha Men took on multiple projects in partnership with Disney. They recorded a version of “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King and “It’s a Small World. They recorded “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King; “It’s a Small World” for the Disney park attraction of the same name. In DisneyMania 4 they did a rework of “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from Lilo and Stitch and called it “Bahaman Roller Coaster Ride”.
4. Their biggest fanbase was in Japan
Japan loved the Baha Men during the 1990s, and the Baha Men loved their Japanese fans so much, they, initially, released their 1999 album 2 Zero 0-0 only in the Asian country.
5. For three decades, they have rode a wave of success
The Baha Men’s biography highlights their biggest wave of success when the released their massive, global hit, “Who Let the Dogs Out”. The song was originally sang by Trinbagonian soca artiste, Anslem Douglas. In 1997, the band signed to PolyGram, a record label (They are currently merged with Universal Music Group), but after only selling 700 copies in the US, they were dropped.
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