‘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.
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.
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For video of Kambule 2019 see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0n-muCLq0A
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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.
Patois, Steelpan, East Indian, African and First People rhythms … All these and more are part of the play ‘Harmony in Diversity’, written and directed by Eintou Springer. The play was originally showcased in St. Kitts & Nevis in 2000 as this country’s presentation for Carifesta. In 2018, Idakeda is reviving the play to share with the national public and across the tourism industry.
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As we seek new ways to energise other industries to lessen our dependence on the energy sector, Harmony in Diversity presents us with an opportunity to showcase wholesome entertainment for the entire family, while celebrating our complex mix of cultures and heritage.
Keep checking this space for information about where you will be able to see performances of Harmony in Diversity!
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