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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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Republic Trinidad & Tobago have contributed significantly to world culture, peace , harmony and multiculturalism via Trinidad & Tobago styled Carnival.
Enslaved Africans utilised the social and political environments in which they found themselves and utilised the prevailing social norms to give expression to their concerns about social justice and political change and transformation of their societies from unjust to just.
After the Emancipation Proclamation, they even took these liberties even further.
As Africans became involved in the Carnival of the plantation society, they added elements of their traditional masquerade norms and paradigms and created new paradigms of social and spiritual expression utilising the available space .
As we prepare to celebrate Carnival2K12. ,may we take a moment to reflect on our contributions to world Carnival events.