In de KAMBULE
Boisman an woman does make dey play
Come, see the confrontation
Between de people and the colonial administration
Fighting for the right to play dey mas
Kambule riots 1881
The people take a stand
Against cultural oppression.
Start the Carnival
At the beginning …
Idakeda and executive producers, the National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago will once again present the Eintou Springer scripted and directed street pageant ‘Kambule' on Carnival Friday morning. The play chronicles how the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival was saved by stickfighters and members of the community during what is known as the Canboulay Riots of 1881. The portrayal is street theatre style and begins promptly at 5am on the Piccadilly Greens, Port of Spain.
The stellar cast is joined this year by noted actor Brendon Lacaille in the expanded and updated role of the Governor. Muhammad Muwakil, Sterling Kent, Ken Alexis, Keon Francis, Camille Quamina, choreographer Dara Healy and Eintou Springer will all appear on stage again this year, as they weave the thrilling true story of the riots.
Another exciting addition to the ensemble is the Bois Academy bringing authentic stickfighting led by Keegan Taylor and Rondel Benjamin, powerful dance by Michael Mortley and Capoeira artistry by Sekhet Amunwah. Drumming, dancing and singing will be provided by internationally reknown groups the Belmont Freetown Cultural Arts and Folk Performing Company, The Chibale Drumming Ensemble, Malick Folk Performing Company, North West Laventille Cultural Movement, the UWI Centre for Creative and Festival Arts and Wasafoli.
The excellent technical crew of Production Coordinator Norvan Fullerton, Stage Manager Attillah Springer, Production Assistant Afi Ford-Hopson, Costumes and Props coordinator Jennifer John and sound and lighting engineer Victor Donawa, all complete the circle of committed and talented professionals who work so hard every year to make the show a success.
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