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NIGEL A CAMPBELL
The short Carnival 2016 season is a topsy-turvy
one. Either that, or the recession has removed the
scales from our eyes. Regular paradigms are being
turned on their heads. We are seeing popular soca
artists brands diminished as concerts are cancelled.
Prominent masquerade people are proving that
intelligence and reverence for our mas traditions
are irrelevant by stating that "how would it look
if next year everybody play moko jumbie. That is
not a mas." In steps 3Canal with their annual Car-
nival production---this year their 13th, Out + Bad---
as a kind of antidote for the mind-boggling vapidity
that is passing for Carnival in 2016.
Out + Bad celebrates and re-imagines the black
jab, the jab molassie mas as a kind of allegory to the
current state of the country and the Carnival. To
quote the King Black Jab character from the pro-
duction: "the Carnival imagination has been hijacked,
kidnapped and is
being held for a ran-
and frigging oppres-
sors and bloody
bloodsuckers in the
guise of entrepreneurs
and promoters and
a script written by
one sees and hears the
continuation of the
theatrical style that
separates this show
from any other con-
By placing the pro-
duction in their home
at the Big Black Box
"in the heart of the
red light district," the physical visceral gap between
audience and artist is minimised to allow for an
almost tangible experience where one literally feels
the sweat and black grease dripping off the performer.
Manwarren: "The yard is the crucible of our culture:
the panyard, the barrack yard, the old yard of calypso
and chantuelles, the Rituals yard where 3Canal was
developed. It s a natural gathering point."
Limiting themselves to just 250 spaces there, these
cultural entrepreneurs have created a production akin
to a high energy Creole cabaret.
What audiences are in for---the Canal crew are
thinking of developing this show beyond and outside
of Trinidad and it s short Carnival---is a tight pro-
duction that again forces audiences to open their
eyes and see. Freakishly decadent and abundant
dancers celebrate in movement our licentious and
"dutty" otherness despite the propriety of a somewhat
staid audience this night who seemed to shackle
Solid musicianship by the Cut and Clear Crew
shines through, although they were not lit, a minor
default in an otherwise high valued production. Jayron
"DJ Rawkus" Remy has produced three new songs
for 2016 to add to a catalogue of hundreds that 3Canal
have produced over the years.
That night we listened to 15 songs that address
the J Ouvert tradition, the jab, the Canboulay, and
"throw shade" at cultural critics who disparage the
New World African ethos in Carnival. Like Walcott,
who gave nobility to the speech of slaves, via poetry,
in his play Henri Christophe, Manwarren, in bitter
prose enhances jab molassie speech wars to reach
beyond the mere superficial experience towards a
celebration of Trinidad oral tradition.
3Canal gets gritty and grimy
Black Jab represents the void, a kind of deprivation,
the "antithesis to a life of fun at the expense of
knowledge of self." Derek Walcott posited that one
virtue of deprivation is "salvation from a cascade of
high mediocrity." Out + Bad serves that virtuous
purpose in Carnival 2016.
• Out+Bad, the 3Canal 2016 Carnival production
ends tonight at the Big Black Box on Murray Street.
What audiences are in
for---the Canal crew are
thinking of developing
this show beyond and
outside of Trinidad and
it's short Carnival---is a
tight production that
again forces audiences to
open their eyes and see.
Freakishly decadent and
celebrate in movement
our licentious and
despite the propriety of
a somewhat staid
audience this night who
seemed to shackle
Out + Bad: a Review
The vibrant dancers help
to create the feel of a
"creole cabaret" for
3Canal's Out + Bad show.
PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
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