commotion, a wild party, a
fight between neighbours, family or friends. Can be traced back to the
Calypso - a style of music that originated
in Trinidad and Tobago.
Songs, tales and popular critical comment, called calypso, are also
essential ingredients of carnival.The songs often tell a story
to comment on life,
love, politics and society.
Calypso can also be called Kaiso.
CANBOULAY- From the French
canne brulee. Freed slaves in Trinidad celebrated Emancipation with
ceremonial torchlight processions, drumming, and costumes that
commemorated times of fire in the canefields. Originally celebrated on
August 1, Canboulay eventually
became incorporated into Carnival time in the spring.
Fête - a party,
usually the parties around Carnival time are referred to as fêtes.
The more crowded the fete, the better.
Music and dancing are essential elements.
Jouvert, Jab Jab &
Painted devil: a
traditional Trinidad Carnival costume. ("Jab" is from the French
diable.) Another well-known devil costume is the, who
resembles a jester, but carries a whip.
More about characters
Jump Up - Dancing along with the band and
becoming part of the parade.
King and Queen of Caribana - The costumes
judged as the most outstanding at the King and Queen Show. These
are usually gigantic affairs which requires crews to assemble.
Lime/Liming - a
party or any get-together/to hang out
friends and acquaintances, indulging in “ol’ talk”
Mas' (Masquerade) Band - Each theme group is
a band. Each band includes a live musical group, a float,
masqueraders in costumes and people jumping up.
The costumes are built and displayed for
your selection in a Mas' Camps.
This masquerade is a
form of visual and musical story telling.
Soca - a type of music that originated in
Trinidad and Tobago from calypso music. The lyrics of the songs
usually have to do with partying, having fun and carnival time.
Steel Pan -
Trinidad and Tobago, the much hailed
motherland of Caribbean Carnival is most proud of having given
the 20th century its only new acoustic musical instrument.
The steel pan, is a
percussion instrument originally made from discarded oil drums.
The drums are cut to different depths to make the pan. The flat
top is hammered in and divided into sections. Once tempered the
pan responds with a wide range of notes when struck with the
rubber knobbed short stick. The story of the steel pan is still being
written for its sweet notes signal that Pan has entered the
T&T or TnT - Short form of Trinidad and Tobago,
where Carnival originates. Tree-nee the Trini
pronunciation anything or anyone Trinidadian (Trini)
Wine/Whining - To rotate the waist and hips while
dancing. Winin' can be construed to be sexually suggestive
dance but it easily passes the test for safe sex, always a
concern during Carnival time.
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