Trinidad & Tobago Carnival is more than just Calypso and Steel band.
There have been many arguments as to the origin of Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. Scholars like Isidore Ian Smart, Kimani Nehusi, Rawle Gibbons, Frances Henry , Gordon Rohler, Hollis Liverpool and others have all addressed different positions on this origins issue. Even today’s featured artiste The Roaring Lion – Rafael de Leon presented his perspective as to the origin of Trinidad & Tobago Carnival.
Whatever the origins of Trinidad & Tobago Carnival it is visibly evident that Africans then and now have impacted most dynamically on the phenomena called Trinidad & Tobago Carnival.
2015 Carnival is going to be a phenomenal Carnival. There were threats of Ebola, that was seeking to postpone the Carnival. Chicken V has not yet left outr environment, National Elections, all will impact on the output for this year’s Carnival.
The musical genres associated with Carnival are no longer restricted to calypso but involves a number of other genres.
This though is not new, for even some of our original traditional characters utilised peculiar genres of musical rendition associated with their characters and portrayals.
So as we draw closer to Carnival 2015, let us HONOUR OUR ANCESTORS. Let us embrace the opportunity to RE- SANCTIFY THE CARNIVAL. Let us accept the African influence on this Carnival. LET US KEEP IT SACRED.
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