The D'Aguilar Art Foundation
The Bahamian Artwork Collection
Self Portait with Songs, 1993
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Tony "The Obeah Man" McKay
c/o Alfred M Sears, Atty
P.O. Box N-3645
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 242.326.3481
Email: seabet53@yahoo.com

Tony McKay (born 1942 Cat Island, The Bahamas, died 1997) was primarily known as a musician whose distinctive style mixed carnival, Junkanoo, calypso and ballad. At aged 17, he moved to New York City to study architecture but instead started a band called Tony McKay and the Islanders. During his career he played with greats such as the late Nina Simone, the Neville Brothers, Peter Paul and Mary, and Bob Dillon. With several musician friends, he launched the group Exuma and composed Bahamian classics such as their first album Exuma: The Obeah Man in 1970 and Rude Boy in 1986 as well as Gone to Cat Island.

McKay was a self-taught painter whose work has been described as “possessing an intense primitive energy.” He began painting in 1965 and started to devote more time to this talent in the late 1980's. He exhibited his works in Nassau and Key West Florida, and they are found in the collections of many art lovers. In 1978, McKay received a British Empire Medal Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to Bahamian music and culture.

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