There is no other carnival anywhere in the world like Trinidad&Tobago! Its about a total release of music, rhythms, masquerading, showmanship, freedom of expression and culture!
Just that word in passing can conjure up dancing in the streets. The total abandonment of social conformity takes over as men, women and children dance to the sounds of the steel-pan and soca artists & calysonians!
Ahhh, there is that music… this how it feels!
Masqueraders are in costumes which are gaily colored. Some are fully clothed but many are two piece swimsuits with glitter, feathers and beads adorning the bodies of the actors..’all players of the mas’. I have been there and the feeling is exhilarating, unlike any you will ever feel unless you are in Trinidad for Carnival. Anyone can ‘play mas’, by registering with a ‘band’ and approximately nine hundred USD!
Music flows at the highest frequency. The beat moves and everyone synchronizes movement. It is an inbuilt sensory of a vibe, a feeling. Our soca artists can stir crowds with a single beat and song. Social commentary takes over when Calypsonians both old and young express and incite revelry !
The season starts at the beginning of the calendar new year, but preparation starts from a few months after each carnival season. On the Saturday before Carnival Monday and Tuesday – always two days before Ash Wednesday- children take over the streets, masquerading in costumes. Our junior steel-bands are there together with the music DJs all lining the streets of Port of Spain and other cities nationwide .
It begins.. it is here! Our culture, our Carnival – Trinidad & Tobago! Join me for a cultural fiesta of sharing over the next few days.
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*Please note the undermentioned are a couple of my personal favorites from the hundreds of tunes released for the 2016 Trinidad Carnival season! They are shown for your personal enjoyment and credit is given to the artists and YouTube for making publicly available.
Credit: YouTube Video TooReal Music Lyrikal ‘Freedom-2016 soca'(Prod. By Kubiyashi)(Trinidad) Performed By: Lyrikal