While having your Cayman Islands holiday, make sure you attend a show from the ‘Barefoot Man’. George Nowak (the Barefoot Man), was born in Germany (or Austria, depending on the source) but is currently just as much a part of the Cayman Islands as much locals. He has lived and played there since 1971 after a period of island hopping which included Hawaii and also the Bahamas.
His songs are mainly a risqué parody set to calypso, reggae, country or pop music. In case you have seen the film ‘The Firm’, you would then often hear Barefoot’s music. He wrote the song ‘Money, Money, Money’ and is also singing from the background while Villa de location aux îles caïmanes was dancing.
Barefoot not only writes and performs his very own songs, he also owns the record company that records and sells his CDs (located in most stores on Grand Cayman). He has also branched out to The Bahamas, where among his albums is at the best Ten for 4 years.
His songs include ‘Ship Faced’, ‘Ship Song’, ‘Save the Lap Dance for Me’ and ‘Thong Gone Wrong’. Also, he sings about Cayman current affairs and wrote ‘The Gay Cruise Ship Song’ once the visit from a Gay Cruise. One reviewer stated how the Barefoot Man won a Grammy Award for ‘Gone Coconutz’, which was written after 85dexrpky devastating Hurricane Ivan, although I have been unable to find this album or artist placed in the Grammy Archives.
No Cayman Islands holiday is finished without catching a show by The Barefoot Man. He is available with the Reef Hotel every Tuesday and Thursday night. The Reef will be the only 100% beach hotel on Grand Cayman.
John has completed the on-line training course supplied by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, which included a trip to Grand Cayman and Little Cayman to check out various hotels, sample several of the restaurants and to participate in a wide range of sightseeing attractions.