I News

February 1, 2016

No Bois Man no fraid!

By 1881 the people of the barrack yards had had enough They made the decision to fight for the right to practice their carnival rituals or die defending their culture Perhaps for the first time in the history of the stickfighting tradition the various stick groups notorious for their territorial fights put aside their differences to defeat the plan by the police chief Captain Baker to stop the Carnival
January 4, 2016

Kambule Background to the Play3

The British governments attempt to ban Canboulay in 1881 resulted in open riots between AfroCreole revelers and police a turn of events that not surprisingly caused deep resentment within Trinidadian society toward the governments use of power
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

November 30, 2015

Kambule Background to the Play

The African has contributed much to the rich multicultural heritage of Trinidad and Tobago It is a contribution of which their descendants can be justly proud but which unfortunately is neither well known nor highlighted
August 24, 2015

They came to be called Meriken 200 years of Meriken presence and heritage commemorated

200 years of the presence of the descendants of African American soldiers in Trinidad and Tobago will be commemorated by Idakeda on August 30th The commemoration will take place in the form of a oneday tour to Moruga highlighting the heritage of the Merikens and culminating in a visit to the Moruga Museum The tour bus leaves Port of Spain at 745am and interested persons may visit African Legacy Tours of Trinidad and Tobago on Facebook or wwwidakedagroupcom to reserve a space on the bus
August 17, 2015

Conference e-flyer

August 17, 2015

Extract of Freedom Morning Come for conference on UN Decade honouring people of African Heritage

An extract of the critically acclaimed Eintou Springer play Freedom Morning Come will be performed at a conference being held to discuss civil society plans for the United Nations Decade in honour of Persons of African Descent The conference hosted by the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago ESC takes place on Saturday August 22nd at the Hotel Normandie in St Anns from 830am4pm
August 10, 2015

The hope of new possibilities for the people who had been held in bondage Professor Maureen Warner Lewis reviews ‘Freedom Morning Come’

Many of the characters of the Eintou Springer play Freedom Morning Come are based on research by historians and academics such as Professor Maureen WarnerLewis In 2015 Professor WarnerLewis witnessed the play for the first time as it was performed in front of the Treasury Building in Port of Spain on August 1st Emancipation morning Following is the full text of her review