Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone!

I’m taking a break from posting new music just for this week, because it is carnival week. Regularly it would have been the usual but seeing as I took it upon myself to jump in the Carnival Road March for the first time…Yes, in costume, feathers, makeup and all, I’m sharing a Soca song today. This was a hard pick because I like a lot of the 2017 Soca songs, take a listen to “Know The Face” by Marvay.

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Upcoming Events!

I appreciated that long holiday weekend but it flew by really quickly. Every week there’s something new, this week is ‘Carnival Week’ I.E. the week before the carnival road march; so there are a lot of fetes going on. Take a look at my list of events for this week 🙂 Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

Upcoming Events!

A lot of persons wait patiently for this week in April, this week has Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and is followed by Easter Sunday & Monday. So for those who work a 9-5 like myself, we count days on the calendar to public holidays, and they are Good Friday and Easter Monday. In Jamaica we’re nearing the end of Carnival/Bacchanal Season, so there are a lot of fetes going on, but there are also some fun family activities as this time has public holidays; here is a list of events for Easter Weekend.

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Expression Wednesdays

Today is Ash Wednesday, which has a lot of significance for different persons; as for myself, I am grateful for the public holiday. Yesterday was Carnival Tuesday in Trinidad, and as such today signifies the end of their carnival season, and the beginning of our own, here in Jamaica. We celebrate carnival here, because it’s fun. The origin is that, a group of persons went Trinidad and Tobago and experienced their carnival season and fell in love with the festivities, so they brought it back home. Our carnival season does not fall in line with the true religious reasoning, and begins on Ash Wednesday. This was the decided date so as to not be in competition with Trinidad.

I’m a lover of music, so I’m glad we were introduced to Calypso and Soca. The riddim calls for a response from the body, it’s quite enthralling. In preparing for Bacchanal in Jamaica, I found this groovy soca song, today I’m sharing with you “Calypso” by GBM Nutron. I have had it on repeat from last weekend, the instrumental in this song has me hooked, I urge you to listen keenly, maybe you will be able to list all the instruments that created this beautiful melody.

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The Road to Carnival -I

In came the New Year, in the blink of an eye or the pop of a bottle, 2016 was gone. Cheers to life, we had airily planned out 2017, this year would be one of adventures and new experiences. A big one being Jamaica’s Carnival Road March. As a novice, I stalked as many social media pages as I deemed necessary to get the inside Intel on Carnival know-how. I linked the two people I knew wouldn’t laugh me to scorn, and learnt some key tips and tricks. Now came January, and it was band/costume launch galore, for the first time, Jamaica was having four different Carnivals or as a Trinidadian would put it, four different Bands. For many years one Band had control of our Carnival, Bacchanal Jamaica, where that band had different costume sections which marched on di road. For Jamaica’s 2017 Carnival the different bands are Bacchanal Jamaica, Xodus Carnival, Xaymaca International, and Jamaica Carnival.

I didn’t register ’til near the deadline for my band, January 31st, because I was spending an extravagant amount of money, I decided to wait until all the bands had their costume launches, then I would make my final decision. During the tedious wait I emailed a bunch of makeup artists, and found out their prices, as well as searched for boots online. Bacchanal Jamaica had their costume launch on January 7th with a wait till January 12th for the official website to be ready. Xodus Carnival had their launch on December 14th followed by the costumes and prices up on Instagram from January 11th but their website launched on January 12th. Xaymaca International had their costume launch on January 21st and their website was up by the 23rd. Jamaica Carnival had their costume launch on January 27th. Continue reading “The Road to Carnival -I”

Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m sharing a Soca song, I can’t say I have a favourite Soca artiste but I listened to the 2017 Soca Starter Mix by DJ Private Ryan, and this song stood out to me. This year I’ve taken it upon myself to jump in Jamaica’s Road March for the first time, and I feel like taking you on the journey with me, so please enjoy my favourite Soca song at the moment 🙂 Here is Lip Service by Machel Montano.

It’s January and that means Jamaica’s Carnival season is right around the corner, so this is the time to listen out for the new Soca songs on the streets. Our Carnival season is March-April, so I have a couple months to get abreast.

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Upcoming Events!

Christmas holiday has officially began for some (like me 😀 ) while others are still confined by ongoing exams. I actually quite enjoy this season, the food, the good vibes and cheerfulness, the family time, but I love going out with my friends as well. Take a look at a couple events happening this week. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

Upcoming Events!

Hey! Give thanks cause it’s the weekend!! If you’re looking for things to do, I have some options. Take a look at what’s in the streets this week. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

Carnival

“Why do we celebrate Carnival? …Where did it originate?” Were a few thoughts that floated through my mind during Jamaica’s Carnival season; near naked bodies feting in the streets was just intriguing and I decided to look it up.

Carnival is an annual festival, celebrated typically during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade. The Carnival was used to enjoy meat, alcohol, and other foods that were forbidden during Lent. It was brought from Europe and the Americas to the Caribbean, where the slaves adapted it and changed it to suit their traditions. For African people, Carnival became a way to express their power as individuals, as well as their rich cultural traditions.

“Carnival was introduced to Trinidad around 1785, as the French settlers began to arrive. The tradition caught on quickly, and fancy balls were held where the wealthy planters put on masks, wigs, and beautiful dresses and danced long into the night. The use of masks had special meaning for the slaves, because for many African peoples, masking is widely used in their rituals for the dead. Obviously banned from the masked balls of the French, the slaves would hold their own little carnivals in their backyards — using their own rituals and folklore, but also imitating their masters’ behavior at the masked balls. For African people, carnival became a way to express their power as individuals, as well as their rich cultural traditions.”

History of Carnival

Now Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most famous in the Caribbean, so I wanted to know more about how they currently celebrate it. Their Carnival season is from Boxing Day right up to the day before Lent begins, Ash Wednesday. The Carnival week (week leading up to Ash Wednesday) is packed with different parties every night leading up to the last events of the season, Dimanche Gras, J’ouvert (dirty mas,) Carnival Monday, and finally, Carnival Tuesday or [pretty] Mas (masquerade.)

Carnival in Jamaica is hosted by Bacchanal Jamaica, it was introduced to Jamaicans in 1989 by patrons who had participated in Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival annually. The timing of Jamaica’s Carnival week was designed not to compete with Trinidad, and  it couldn’t be held during Lent so as to respect the religious significance of the period, so the carnival week was scheduled to begin on Easter Sunday and end on the following weekend. Our Carnival Season begins in January with Bacchanal New Year band launch which is followed by weekly reveling at Bacchanal Fridays starting a month later. Our season also has events such as bi-weekly Socacise classes, and Beach J’ouvert, it ends with Bacchanal J’ouvert (dirty mas) followed by the big Road March (pretty mas) the next day.

Sources:

http://www.allahwe.org/History.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival/

http://bacchanaljamaica.com/history/

http://www.gotrinidadandtobago.com/trinidad/carnival/

http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/trinidad-and-tobago-carnival-a-brief-overview/

Featured image from Sleek Jamaica

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Expression Wednesdays

Hey Everyone 🙂

Ask me when I going start a fund me account and buy a laptop?? lol. Anyway,today I will be sharing with you a few songs from different genres that I’ve been listening to on repeat.

Have a great best day of the week!

Featured image from Nicholi Stevens.

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