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Sunday, 24 October 2010

Cannes Brulles et La Belle Qui Fut

M. Danse


There are alot of assumptions made about Trinidad, about Laventille, Curepe, Arima or just about anywhere else here. As with anthing, an assumption is easy to make based on how a thing is portrayed. I spent some time on Thursday night in Picton Village, Laventille, watching a dance troupe rehearse. These people are lovely. What really struck me was their innate cultural intelligence and pride. This coming out of one of the poorer and most stigmatised communites in Trinidad. But there's also very strong community spirit and raw creativity. I watched 5 drummers, 2 no older than 12, invoke the spirit of Canboulay [literally from the term Cannes Brulles or burnt cane].

One of the dancers caught my eye in a big way. She was so lovely and had her locks coiled and looped in this fantastic coiffure. Her skin was flawless, her eyes powerful and her every movement oozing life. Lovely. I had to get her picture. She inspired this drawing - M. Danser.

All I can say is Trinidad sweet.

Take Bois!

Be good,



11 comments:

Lion-ess said...

Trinidad is sweet indeed!

Beauty Is Diverse said...

Sweet sweet T&T..

LaLa said...

sounds like a great experience you had, and that is such a beautiful picture...
i don't know if you'll remember me (the kisser) i have a new blog, check it out if you are interested :)

grummung said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful experience and reflection. Be blessed :)

Living like Laree said...

what a beautiful drawing!

mk said...

kisura brianna,
only people who live in a place can truly know

Gerri said...

Stunning!

asia kismet said...

i've periodically come and go from your page. i love the art the inspiration and your truth sprinkled in. Big Up TnT.

Shukura Li said...

aaaaaahhhhh dis is amazing
so beautiful
magical!!! i love love love
xxx

Shukura Li said...

me gusta!!

The Kush and Kemet Revue said...

Indeed, we so often make assumptions...assumptions that often prevent us from seeing beauty, wisdom & joy. When we withhold judgment, we open ourselves to blessings...blessings that may come from the most unexpected places & people.