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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 1, 2014
PETER RAY BLOOD
This year, there is a host
of events with the
focus on traditional
mas and pan. The
annual Carnival Friday children s tra-
ditional parade of mas had a change of route from
the inner city to around the Queen s Park Savannah,
The Panorama semi-finals saw the introduction
of Pan Splash, a fund-raising initiative which was
stoutly opposed by the purists of pan.
While J Ouvert is a far cry to what existed in its
earliest days, a number of bands have remained with
tradition and intend hitting the streets of the nation s
capital and far-flung districts with the traditional
mas characters and percussive intruments.
Third Mayaro Scout Troop, under the leadership
community teacher Patricia Lezama, has joined with
the Creative Collective for its Sing J Ouvert production
in tribute to the music of the late Sedley Joseph, aka
Penguin. For the first time, the energetic Mayaro
musicians will add their flavour to Port-of-Spain
J Ouvert in Mardi Gras style playing Penguin s popular
music. Masqueraders will play their mas to the tune
of trombone, trumpets, bass drum, kettle drum,
tenor pans and other percussion instruments. The
effect will be to brighten the landscape of the Carnival
with a full band sound reminiscent of brass bands
of the past.
The Sing J Ouvert show/band is attracting the
attention of locals and foreigners who wish to add
their talent to the creative energies that Carnival is
known for. Masqueraders will add their individual
brush strokes to the J Ouvert canvas. Musicians,
dancers, singers, actors and anyone with any with
any love for art and culture are invited to join in the
show/band by calling 625-7123.
The band will leave from LiveArt Bistro, 5 Albion
Street, Port-of-Spain, around 4 am and will depict
an "ole mas" portrayal using Penguin s themes of
Deputy Essential and Look de Devil Dey.
Masqueraders in the Sing J Ouvert presentation
will play their mas as Jesters, Chantwells, Griots and
The effect is to create street performance that
draws on the best cultural traditions of Carnival.
At the end of J Ouvert 2014, masqueraders will
have their Sing J Ouvert Songbook of Penguin calyp-
soes such as 1982 Road March Deputy, Look De Devil,
Freedom Road and 1984 National Calypso Monarch
title-winner We Living Jail as a cultural souvenir.
For Carnival 2014, steelbands will have two events
in which to display their musical skills come Carnival
One, is the second edition of the Groovy Soca
Steelband Competition in all Pan Trinbago Regions
and the other, Health & Fitness Chip in Port-of-
The Groovy Soca Steelband Competition is open
to all financial members of Pan Trinbago and will
see participating steelbands perform any groovy soca
composition. Bands are required to play the tune on
the move for approximately four to six minutes.
There are several judging points; in the North at
Victoria Square, Park Street, Port-of-Spain; East at
Hollis Avenue, Arima; South on the Coffee, San Fer-
nando; and Tobago, along the Esplanade, Scarborough.
Adjudicators will be selected by the respective regions.
Cash prizes (approximately $200,000 per region)
are sponsored by the Office of the Prime Minister,
the Ministry of The Arts & Multiculturalism and the
National Carnival Commission (NCC). Registration
is at the venues on the day of the competition.
The Health & Fitness Chip is an initiative under
the aegis of the Ministry of Health, through its Fight
the Fat Campaign for Carnival 2014. The non-com-
petitive event will take the form of a steelband parade
from Tragerate Road to Adam Smith Square, Ariapita
Scheduled to begin at 6.30 pm and end at 1
am, the bands will proceed from Colville Street
heading west along Tragarete Road. At
Adam Smith Square, bands will
stop and play a tune of choice
before moving along. A total
of 35 bands are expected to
participate. Each band will receive an appearance
fee.Chippers will include the general public and
other Health & Fitness buffs who will be encour-
aged to align themselves with their favourite
steelband and chip the night away.
Mas and pan go back to basics
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