Statement on the passing of John “Chippie” Chipman

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 90.

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 traveled 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.


9 September 2019
Office of the Prime Minister
Commonwealth of The Bahamas