The sweet aroma of the traditional Carriacou smoked food can already be scented; the sound of the rich traditional diverse music can be heard, from local and regional groups, and the amphitheatre and magnificent Heritage village at Belair is again ready to host the main aspect of the annual Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival from April 28th to May 1st, 2011
Excitement both local and foreign is extremely high, as there is much anticipation that this year’s event will create an indelible memory.
The Carriacou and Petite Martinique branch of the Grenada Board of Tourism said that plans are on stream for another rich showcasing of this important aspect of the islands (Carriacou and Petite Martinique) cultural traditions.
Everyone is anticipating a memorable and spirited Festival this year as preparations take place
Last year the festival committee added a new dimension to the festival, where the opening Friday night saw the focus and emphasis placed on the rich traditional maroon village.
Following the successful turn of Bogles last year, it will now be the turn of the island’s most easterly closely connected communities of Mt Pleasant and Grand Bay.
“We will meet in friendship at the kind invitation of the villagers of Mount Pleasant and Grand Bay, because of their well established maroon traditions over the years.”
During the festival, you will experience a genuine maroon in its natural, home setting. Pay particular attention to the rituals and to the drums, songs and dance. Experience the unifying and loving aspect of sharing and eating ‘smoke food’, the ancestral meal. Remember, the ‘maroon’ has communal and spiritual features all steeped in rich African traditions.
It is an experience offered with a kind spirit of togetherness, thanksgiving, community and love” says a release from the Grenada Board of tourism.
Saturday night will be see the majestic ambience of the heritage village at Belair come to life, with its natural therapeutic nature. A night where thousands, amidst the lush green vegetation, will share the enjoyment of the big drum, quadrille and Shakespeare mas, all culminating with a two hour performance from local and regional string bands:
- Zenaida Productions – St Lucia
- Lapo Kabwit – St. Lucia
- Hands of Rhythms – Tobago
- Lashing Dogs – Tortola, BVI
- Bayside Boys – Carriacou
- Brother Resistance – Trinidad
- Country Boys – Carriacou
- Tivoli Drummers – Grenada
- Ghetto Youth- Carriacou
- Men From The Mainland – Grenada
- WHIM – Tobago
- CCO Big Drum – Carriacou
- BBH Serendars-Carriacou
- Folk Life Institute -Carriacou
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On Sunday May 1st leave your footprints of culture in the sand at the popular Paradise beach. From the warm trade winds blowing romantic breezes on your face, to the umbrella shade of the almond trees, the tents, and the turquoise Caribbean sea softly breaking waves on the shores; the world renowned Sandy Island beams in her usual glory, with palm and coconut trees.