Carnival and history
The annual carnival season in the Caribbean is kicking off with Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Haiti, Aruba and Curacao.
There are also events in Guadeloupe, Martinique, the Dominican Republic, French St Martin, Bonaire and Guyana’s Mashramani late February.
But are carnivals in the Caribbean in danger of losing their social and historical relevance by becoming too modern and commercial?
Or is it just a matter of changing with the times?
Have your say
I agree. Let’s not forget our African history.
Carnival is just a disgusting excuse to do immoral rubbish every year! It's monotonous and lewd, and every year it gets less
and less. It's the same thing every year.
Carnival is a great cultral tradition that serves to display and solidify our respect for diversity, while we can tone down the nudity a bit we certainly need to continue this celebration of our nations freedom and pride in who we are.
Carnival is an expression of a people's passions. In the past that passion was channelled into forms of political agitation
as we fought for the right to determine our own destiny. Now that we have that choice such passions will inevitably change.
Those who look at the joyous celebrants as they throng the streets of Port of Spain, are completely missing the point. We
musn’t lock ourselves into the past mould of "revolution". We are now truly moving into an "evolution". We like to say that
God is a Trini, that we are truly a blessed people. If that is indeed the case then let us make a joyful noise and truly revel
in our revelry.
I think some carnivals are losing their social and historical focus. But I must still give props to Dominica. They are still
on top with the most original carnival in the world. That’s the only country that still keep their culture going. No one else
in the Caribbean can play like music like boyoun, cadance etc and I think they will remain on top for a long time.
I appreciate the need to evolve with the times but we cannot use that as an excuse to desert everything. The present is a
product of the past, so we should definitely think before we abandon our heritage.
Since 1914 when the first calypso recording was made, calypso has always been poised for global commercial success. Unfortunately,
that kind of success never materialized and when the world focused on the Caribbean for its music it was reggae that became
a commercial sensation.