Considering Carnival (Introduction)

Carnival is more than a parade.  It is a ritual of creation and interaction through which and in which African Heritage people in the Americas remember their ancestors. their heritage, their connection and their power.  It is where we in Trinidad have placed our Canboulay feast, the feast that recognises the end of our forced servitude and reminds us that liberation is an ongoing exercise. The question then is never if we will participate in Carnival arts (pan, kaiso and mas’) in the weeks preceding the vernal equinox but how we will do so.

This series of posts is my bid to share the action that I am a part of and/or aware of during this Trinidad and Tobago 2021 Carnival Season. I would love it if you shared information about what’s on, virtual and otherwise.  Email me at <ethnicjazzclub@gmail.com>

Calypso Queen Stacey Sobers performs this Saturday 9th Jan 7pm.  Virtual. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVD85fr6KtA

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  • Rhoda Reddock
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    Thanks Chantal, Covid 19 has given the world the opportunity to stop and reflect. So I hope that this series and any events that are developed, can stimulate us to thing more deeply about what this festival, this season means and can mean to all of us. Does carnival as currently constructed reflect the best of our creativity in all forms? Or has its business aspect overshadowed everything else even the artistry of the festival? What about the social inequalities reflected in our 21st century carnival, the status - colour and class divides, the removal of the people from the festival. The cities are empty most Mondays and Tuesdays. Is this the best if what we can be? What can we do differently? What do you think?

    Thanks Chantal,

    Covid 19 has given the world the opportunity to stop and reflect. So I hope that this series and any events that are developed, can stimulate us to thing more deeply about what this festival, this season means and can mean to all of us.

    Does carnival as currently constructed reflect the best of our creativity in all forms? Or has its business aspect overshadowed everything else even the artistry of the festival?

    What about the social inequalities reflected in our 21st century carnival, the status - colour and class divides, the removal of the people from the festival. The cities are empty most Mondays and Tuesdays.
    Is this the best if what we can be?

    What can we do differently? What do you think?

  • Ceronne Prevatt
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    Thank you Chantal for this innovative connecting. Agreed. 2021 is an opportunity for us to think and act to put inn place a Carnival that embraces all. I for one, regret that the steelhead I'd almost out of the recent Carnivals and the bands for the most part have become beautiful body expose, rather than a community secret that buss out on Carnival day in full creativity! I would rejoice if half the town/s be given as steelband territory where who wants to, can listen to and jump up to steelband whole day and evening, without being silenced by amplified. trucks. VIrtusl living is leading to our calypsonians' focusing on quality of content and presentation. A Renaissance perhaps, a rethink of the tents. This is a wonderful time to pivot to what makes us happy.

    Thank you Chantal for this innovative connecting. Agreed. 2021 is an opportunity for us to think and act to put inn place a Carnival that embraces all. I for one, regret that the steelhead I'd almost out of the recent Carnivals and the bands for the most part have become beautiful body expose, rather than a community secret that buss out on Carnival day in full creativity! I would rejoice if half the town/s be given as steelband territory where who wants to, can listen to and jump up to steelband whole day and evening, without being silenced by amplified. trucks. VIrtusl living is leading to our calypsonians' focusing on quality of content and presentation. A Renaissance perhaps, a rethink of the tents. This is a wonderful time to pivot to what makes us happy.

  • Maureen Clement
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    Great idea this, Chantal COVID-19 has given us the impetus to rethink our festivals and customs and certainly our habitual practices. I believe we can be more efficient and focus on the essentials that Carnival provides. The components of Carnival each now have their own identity which certainly can and does survive outside of the Lenten/Easter period. It is now for us to complete the paradigm shift as a population.

    Great idea this, Chantal
    COVID-19 has given us the impetus to rethink our festivals and customs and certainly our habitual practices. I believe we can be more efficient and focus on the essentials that Carnival provides. The components of Carnival each now have their own identity which certainly can and does survive outside of the Lenten/Easter period. It is now for us to complete the paradigm shift as a population.

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    The clarity and value you placed reminded us what carnival is really about need to be emphasized often enough to sink in the minds that are ignorant to that fact. Radio, kaiso artists, soca artists, masqueraders and even the observers need to be heavily reminded or educated about this event. Cosmically it will happen with or without our participation. However, without our synchronization or attempt to do so there are collective consequences.... that's my opinion observing time(past present and the uncertain future). The few that understand and care should come together to create an impactful noise of awareness of self. Cultural confidence has been lost because of lack of understanding of self(individual, Trinbagoian, caribbean and citizens of earth). Conversations have been ongoing but it's time to organize and plan. Action is imperative for change. I'm ready to connect by any means necessary!

    The clarity and value you placed reminded us what carnival is really about need to be emphasized often enough to sink in the minds that are ignorant to that fact.
    Radio, kaiso artists, soca artists, masqueraders and even the observers need to be heavily reminded or educated about this event. Cosmically it will happen with or without our participation. However, without our synchronization or attempt to do so there are collective consequences.... that's my opinion observing time(past present and the uncertain future).

    The few that understand and care should come together to create an impactful noise of awareness of self. Cultural confidence has been lost because of lack of understanding of self(individual, Trinbagoian, caribbean and citizens of earth). Conversations have been ongoing but it's time to organize and plan. Action is imperative for change.
    I'm ready to connect by any means necessary!

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