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04/24/2011

Barefoot Man

One of Grand Cayman's most notable people is known simply as "Barefoot". George Nowak and his band have been performing at various island sites for 25 years. Amazingly, he arrived on the island in 1971, when he showed up with his guitar and one bag. He was once quoted as saying, "Anywhere there's a coconut tree and sunshine, that's where you'll find me." He was coined the nickname Barefoot Man by the locals because he performed with no shoes on. Interestingly enough, that name has helped his popularity tremendously, as he noted, "Can you imagine anyone on the island saying, "Let's go see George Nowak?" 

The Barefoot Man performance features a reggae band that is based on comedic satires often about current events, including songs such as "Tiger in the Woods" and "OK OJ-Where Did You Leave Your DNA". The island sound of his music makes his songs very popular for tourists trying to get a flavor for the island culture. Some of his more popular songs are "You Jamacian Me Crazy", "Time Flies When You're Having Rum", "Son of a Beach", and "Hot, Hot, Hot.". The music often is provocative, funny, and always entertaining. 

Barefoot Man

You can find the Barefoot man on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Reef Resort on the East End. It's about a 40 minute drive from Seven Mile Beach so you would need a rental car to see him, but if you are looking for some evening entertainment, it would be a great way to spend a night. For samples of his music, you can find 83 songs by searching the itunes library or you can find several videos by searching "Barefoot Man" on YouTube. To find out more information about one of Grand Cayman's finest, visit his website:

Barefoot Man Website


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