July 27, 2016 1 Comment

An Afro-Caribbean Experience 

We knew it’d be a riot and as the wise say – do not live with expectations because you are bound not to be disappointed (either in a bad/good way).  For some reason and for years “ in my head” I had attended a Caribbean carnival but in reality I hadn’t.  I guess it was all my Guyanese, Trini, Jamaican, Bahamian friends and connections that made me feel as though I’d been to one and couple that with my knowledge and experience of festivals in Nigeria.  We were in for a treat .


Red CostumeBefore the float got to the field, people had lined up on the street with their country flags, in their costumes – beautiful, vibrant, bold colors that drew you in as you scanned through to make sense of the costume.  People parked their cars and reached into their coolers for a beer or snack just awaiting the float.   The field was huge, certainly bigger than the average football field it seemed to me, vendors laid out in a circle of sort.  People crossing the field to secure a spot in line for a taste of that Jerk Chicken right before they scooted back to the streets for the float.
Swarms of people entered the field area, I could feel the excitement bubbling up like a soda just shaken up and about to explode; lots of laughter, smiles, cameras, and phones coming out of the woodworks to capture the moments.  Red, Orange, Beautiful sunshine yellow, glitters, green, Blue, ooo so many bold colors.  It reminded me of Amaze Africa – the Ankara prints we have, the African Inspired colors and textures we indulge in.


Purple CostumeRumbling --- I can hear it, seemed far away at one point, but it moved closer and closer, the float was here – WOW – It was exhilarating, thrilling, and certainly lifting. I felt my spirits lift.  The freedom, the naturalness, the impulsiveness, the artlessness of it all was filling.  The music was so loud I was sure cars on the Highway would hear us. The drums (reminiscent of the African Drums from Abeokuta) got men and women alike gyrating to the beats.  Beads of sweat rolling down made up faces without a care;

Men on stilts – Definitely felt nostalgic when I saw this. It was a scene straight from Africa during masquerade festivalsMen on Stilts

To my left came down this beautiful orange looking bird costume- She flared her wings as though she would bring you into her embrace.

I heard another set of sounds – music; oh, another float – clearly Guyanese as the flag flew and waved higher on that float with its set of people performing some dance steps. Bodies sculptured from the practice of these moves. What fun to watch as we attended to the customers that drew into our booth for the same reason we were glued to the floats – Colors, textures, vibrancy, uniqueness.  We chatted with our customers, shared similarities in our cultures and loads of laughter. 

Dami, sporting the Amaze African Inspired Irun Kiko Scarf as a breezy blouse on that hot day.

 Irun Kiko Scarf as Blouse

And at the end, I finally thought we fit right in, we brought in colors, more colors, it was indeed an Afro-Caribbean experience.

 

BossLady



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Dami
Dami

July 27, 2016

This is really amazing, nice one??

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