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.