Looking back at carnival 2013 I decided to list what were for me the top ten moments of Trinidad and Tobago carnival 2013, ten moments that made me stop and think, 'this is a moment to remember.
Here it is...
MASSASSINATION'S TOP 10 MOMENTS OF TRINIDAD CARNIVAL 2013
1 THE RETURN OF SUPER BLUE:
2013 was the 2nd time that Austin Lyons has made a victorious return to carnival and in this return or rebirth he managed to inspire all generations, old and young with a style some might today describe as dated but all agreed was spiritually infectious (its substance).
|Mac Farlan's Joy Down town POS.|
3 TED EUSTACE KING OF CARNIVAL 2013.
4 THE LAUNCH OF RITUALS OF POWER & REBELLION BY HOLLIS CHALKDUST LIVERPOOL Ph.D
I first saw this book in the library of London Metropolitan University when doing research for my dissertation in 2010.
By then the book was long out of print and countless attempts to find it on line or in book shops on both sides of the Atlantic proved fruitless for me. It was only in discussing the important role the work played in my dissertation to the author was I informed it was never available in Trinidad before.
In my opinion Rituals of Power & Rebellion is indeed a seminal text in the historical and intellectual construction of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, as well as those in the Caribbean. I advise everyone to get a copy and read it.
5 BUNJI GARLIN'S DIFFERNTOLOGY
All cow joke aside Bunji Garlin the Viking of Soca with Nigel Rojas had arguably the most popular fete tune for the 2013 Carnival season. From its time of release to carnival Tuesday Differentology had the crowds singing out the chorus ‘we ready for the roooad’.
I am a Bunji Garlin fan, I am also a fan of the late Lord Maestro, one of the most revolutionary Calypsoians in the early days of Soca. Bunji’s cover of Maestro’s Savage wasfor me a moment in carnival 2013 because it celebrated the underclass, the part of the society like it or not that laid down many of the foundation blocks of modern carnival. A group that today are being priced out of carnival by a growing ambitious middle class that seem bent on taking over the culture and transforming every aspect of what it looks like. Bunji’s Savage had many locals and returnees alike claiming to be anti stush (or anti posh) thus returning the festival to its roots with the stush being identified as undesirable .
7 MACFARLANE CROSSES THE SAVANNAH STAGE FOR THE LAST TIME WITH JOY THE FINALY.
This could actually be the end of an era in Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival history.
8 THE PASSING OF PENGUIN.
Road March King of 1982 and Calypso Monarch of 1984 Seadley Joseph - the Penguin passed away on the 27th of January 2013 just as Carnivals climax was on the horizon. The timing of his passing during the heights of the Carnival season is almost an expected aspect of Carnival these days, as it seems like every Carnival a legend now passes on, as if to join some Grand Carnival in the sky. Penguin’s tunes in the 80s were an integral part of the Carnival, one a personal note an integral part of my childhood and his contribution will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace.
9 PETER MINSHALL ATTENDS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FILM FESTIVAL TRIBUTE TO HIM
|Dalton Narine, Peter Minshall and Tony Hall. Photo from http://repeatingislands.com|
10 BUNJI AND FAYANN BOTH PULL OUT OF FANTASTIC FRIDAY.
|Bunji and fayann. |
What would have been the final outcome if they had stayed?!