|What is the alchemy involved in annually recreating the No lie dis mas jus makes you feel good, and feel yuh lookin good.|
Carnival's principal components are calypso, steelpan and playing
mas (masquerade). In the historic capital City of Port-of-Spain,
Trinidad, these elements are harmoniously structured to form a five
day ritual pageant beginning with the King & Queen Contest (Friday),
Panorama (Saturday), Dimanche Gras (Sunday), J'Ouvert (Monday) and
the Parade of the Bands (Tuesday). These main events and countless
others build to an unforgettable epiphany of beauty and stunning
of the irrepressible human spirit before concluding and
allowing the quiet first day of Lent and reflection known as Ash
Wednesday to be admitted to consciousness.
The genesis of this "world's greatest" Carnival has been attributed to the many cultures of Trinidad and their interaction. While the African influence is predominant, the Carnival carries an overriding theme of unity, a central part of this unique culture's mythology. Trinidad's namesake, the holy Trinity is blessed as the unifying principle. This is the country's well known motto, resting at the base of the ubiquitous and striking T&T Coat of Arms reads, "Together we Aspire, Together we Achieve." Yet the wisdom lies in paradox for there is no Carnival with more intense competition than Trinidad's.
Today Trinidad's model for public celebration is the most widely imitated festival art form in the world. Many Trinidadian Carnival artists are able to work year round performing throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. Yet despite this success, many believe the best is yet to come.
We've greatly expanded our TnT pages using the sub-theme of Trinidad as the center of the Americas. It will be up to the natives to take this to another level.
been covering TnT, the motherland of Caribbean Carnival since 1997 and
we know you can get lost hereabouts but with the 2009 Carnival we
introduce a new wiki mashup platform at
which is going to help
us significantly bring you the fresh and manage the old.
|INTRODUCTION || CALENDAR || Directory || MUSIC HISTORY || CALYPSO & SOCA ARTISTS || Calypso Tent > History > Lyrics || STEEL PAN > Global > Bands || CHUTNEY || REGGAE || PARANG || SOUNDS || Radio Stations > MP3 > Wav & AU > FORUM PHOTOS > in aFORUM || Peter Minshall: Mas Designer || TIPS || J'OUVERT NIGHTTIME || Route Map || CARNIVAL LINGO || TALES || MAS Route Map > MAS BANDS || AWARDS || AFTER CARNIVAL|
Carnival Events 2009
Pan Schedule ||
Kaiso & Humorous Tents 2009
IzaTrini.com A real looker with a emphasis on the ladies and lots of fotos
TriniJungleJuice.com Consistent long-time Caribbean Carnival website champ
Carnival by meppublishers.com
Archive (1992-2006) On 31 Dec, 2006, BWIA was wound up and the
new home of Caribbean Beat became
Caribbean Airlines. Access some the best writers
on Caribbean Carnival Culture using these links
Current Issue and
Carnival Commission" on de net by google
News by google
Feting is a means for carnivalists
to gear into the party spirit.
"Like the phoenix, Carnival rose time and again from its own ashes, each time stronger, more sure of itself. And today, stripped at last of antagonism and enjoyed by every sector of the population, it has attained a phoenix-like magnificence: fiery, magical, invincible. It is an outpouring of creativity and fraternity; a time for shedding cares and inhibitions; an overwhelming sea of people and music and brilliant costumes."
|Calypso & Soca|
Still Alive in Spirit
The Rise of Soca||by
historical Calypso CD's offered by Amazon.com
of de Calypso Tent by D.Cuffy
Road March Derby
The Man With The Message
Able to craft beautiful home grown music with eloquent insights his songs continue to rise to the top of your CD pile years after their purchase.
MachelMontano.com & XTATIK
"It's easy to just cut and cross over, and be with everybody else, but you'll be better and stronger if you cut through as yourself and who you are."
Spektakula outshines the lot
By far the sweetest place to hear pan, though, is at the Panorama finals, staged on Carnival Saturday.
Steelbands of Trinidad & Tobago
The most authoritive and comprehensive site for pan about home islands
of Trinidad & Tobago. Lots of lists, results & schedules
in addition to an expanding on-line exploration of the roots of
Trinidad & Tobago Pan Schedule
Pan Schedule by tntisland.com Roger James
Amoco Renegades, 138 Charlotte St, Port of Spain;
BPRenegades || Jit
"de Man" Samaroo
- Steel Pan News Basement Recordings, Inc. is publishing a regular newsletter on pan
|Lists of bands & Websites|
Network & WebRings(3) in our aForum.com
This East Indian party music is part of the frontlines in the animated dialogue between Trinidad's two largest cultures. This music's movement, from its East Indian melodic core to the African inspired rhythms and harmonies of the West is a microcosm of New Trinidad culture. The songs, which can be sung in either Hindi or English, must be original songs and must be new songs released after Ash Wednesday.
Chutney Soca Monarch: Produced by
Radio and TV Link Directory ||
What's new Radio & TV Directory ||
Music Stations on de web
Music Jukebox by
|Photos & MPEGS|
We spend most of our TnT research time in the massive creative
commons section of the #1 foto site flickr by yahoo. These hot links
search the entire data base.
Carnival Bands- on de web
Masquerade.co.tt long-time premiere band famous for their great costumes and founder Wayne Berkeley but no site as of 2008.
their sections Band of the year 2004, 2005, & 2006
our travel tool section or Cityguide
for some ideas but its best to book Tobago in advance. You can always find space in nearby mega-City and gateway to South America, Caracas, Venezuela.
The Hindu Festival of Lights celebrated with candles & fireworks in October or November. This is the other endless cycle of life-death and rebirth annual ritual celebration by the local Indian culture.
Hosay || Hosay Schedule from 2000 to 2030, by bestoftrinidad.com Every year, Hosay is observed with a parade full of colorful tadjahs in commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussain (Hussein), the grandson of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, in the year 680 AD.
Western Main Road is the scene of the annual Muslim Hosay processions, which take place over four days in May or June.
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Last Link Check Feb-10-09