kambule

‘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

 

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

For pictures see under:

July 19, 2019

Idakeda brings Kambule to Carifesta 2019

April 4, 2019

Kambule 2019

December 21, 2015

Kambule Background to the Play2

Trinidads carnival dates back to the 18th century and the influx ofFrench Catholic planters from the French Antilles both white and free coloured their slaves and free blacks in the 1780s The white and free coloured both staged elaborate masquerade balls at Christmas and as a farewell to the flesh before the Catholic Lenten seasonwith each group mimicking the other in their masking and entertainment
December 7, 2015

Dancers needed for Kambule 2016

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