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‘Kambule’ will be showcased at Carifesta 2019 to be held in Trinidad between the 16th and 25th of August 2019. Kambule pays tribute to our warrior ancestors of the Mas and brings their achievements to the attention of the entire society. The Carnival that we now take for granted was fought for by the former enslaved of the barrack yards, not only in Port of Spain but also in the East and South of the island. The riots of 1881 in Port of Spain were however the most significant.

The play documents the victory of stick-fighters and ordinary Africans against the colonial administration who tried to stop the celebration of Carnival in 1881. The battle between the community and the soldiers is set against the backdrop of the barrack-yards of Port of Spain – poverty-stricken urban settlements inhabited by the poorer classes. Kambule gives context to the confrontation by chronicling relevant historical details and highlighting the relationships and conflicts that led to the creation of mas such as traditional characters, and the survival of Stickfighting, an African form of martial arts

 

We were just informed by the Ministry that the community outreach to Talparo is postponed until further notice. This is due to circumstances beyond their control. As soon as they let us know about the new date we will let you know.

We are pleased to invite you to a performance of Shades of I-She, a play by Eintou Pearl Springer addressing issues such as Gender-based violence through her poetry. Eintou will be accompanied on stage by Caribbean songstress Mavis John, singer Seeromani Maraj-Naraynsingh, musicians led by Marva Newton and other talented performers.

The play is being put on by the ngo, the Indigenous Creative Arts Network – ICAN, under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister, Gender and Child Affairs Division, as part of an alternative approach to solving problems within communities. ‘Shades’ takes place on Saturday, June 29th, 4 pm at the Misir Community Centre, Morvant.

The community outreach is intended to stimulate discussion within affected families and motivate behaviour change using theatre arts as the vehicle for encouraging dialogue. The involvement of key stakeholders is also meant to facilitate greater coordination amongst agencies, and emphasise the relevance of creative solutions to societal problems.

DARA HEALY, director of Zante Carnival and Theatre Camp and founder of the NGO Indigenous Creative Arts Network (ICAN), feels that there is so much negativity against TT’s Carnival. Healy is also a Newsday columnist.

She wants young people to understand that TT’s Carnival “has value that is beyond what is seen in the media” and beyond “the promotion of pretty mas.” She wants them to also understand that TT’s traditional characters have a story/worth and that it came out of a particular kind of experience.

To read more https://newsday.co.tt/2019/06/19/zante-camp-helps-vulnerable-children/?fbclid=IwAR2vyi5_wA5FvrTpQOZS4Wc8TWvrHM5KSjUB5_1E_J-f8m7yN3HrXwHdWDs

or http://edition.pagesuite.com/popovers/dynamic_article_popover.aspx?artguid=1367a604-20d9-45d7-bd72-922e95cf9119

or check out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/excellentZantecampexperience/

For video of Kambule 2019 see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0n-muCLq0A

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Congratulations to our Creative Force Dr. Eintou Springer on receiving an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Enjoy an interview with her
as she talks about the importance of the award for recognition of the Arts and read her Feature Address on a wide range of issues from the arts to education and nationhood. Also read her acceptance speech at:

 

GARY CARDINEZ

FOR its latest concert, Los Alumnos de San Juan will take a novel step forward with the staging of a full-fledged parang folk drama at the Central Bank Auditorium in Port of Spain.
Led by Wayne Jagdeo, pioneer of pan in parang, Los Alumnos de San Juan, is also a platform for stellar performances by famed lead singer Alicia Jaggasar; this concert will be history in the making for the nine-time champions of the National Parang Association (NPATT) competition.

For the presentation of the drama, titled The Parrandero and His Wife, Los Alumnos has partnered with poet and playwright Pearl Eintou Springer, who has written the script and will direct this excursion into parang musical theatre.
The October 21 concert, starting at 6 pm, will showcase Los Alumnos de San Juan’s outstanding command of traditional parang, Latin songs, and soca parang.

National-award recipient Springer will bring to the event a distinguished reputation that includes her annual Carnival Friday Kambule street theatre and popular plays such as the Emancipation drama, Freedom Morning Come, and Hyarima.

The Parrandero and His Wife will feature actors Shanya Springer, Emmanuel Ansolia and Soga Somorin.
Making use of humour and sharing information about parang, The Parrandero and his Wife explores the tension between a man and his wife as the parang season approaches. On show will be the full repertoire of parang, and Latin musical forms, from the traditional to the innovative.

 

Click here for the Newsday article

July 19, 2019

Idakeda brings Kambule to Carifesta 2019

July 19, 2019

Shades of I-She Talparo Show – Postponed

June 28, 2019

Shades of I-She – Addressing Gender-based violence through the Arts

June 23, 2019

Zante Camp helps vulnerable children

April 4, 2019

Kambule 2019

November 27, 2018

Eintou Pearl Springer awarded Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from UTT

October 23, 2018

Afro Beat Dance and Fit

October 18, 2018

Eintou Springer creates another first with parang drama for Los Alumnos de San Juan

September 30, 2018

Hair is my Resistance

Lupita Nyong’o, Kenyan-Mexican actress, noted for her work in Black Panther, one of the highest grossing films ever

Maxine Williams, T&T national, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Facebook

Alek Wek, South Sudanese British model and designer

Her Excellency, Paula-Mae Weekes, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago ...

 

What connects these women? All of African heritage, all successful and all choose to wear their hair in natural hairstyles. Their professions span the worlds of media, fashion, law film and more. How would they react to the view that because of their natural hair, they are not perceived as professional?

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