After a five year leave of absence, I decided to play J’Ouvert (pronounced “joo vay”) again this year.
Each year at 4 am on Carnival Monday, Carnival begins under a cloak of darkness. Fuelled by exhilaration and the energetic rhythms of soca music, revellers take to the streets for the predawn party of J’Ouvert.
J’Ouvert from the French ‘jour ouvert’ or ‘day open’ is almost ritualistic in its celebration of the darker elements of the island’s folklore and history. Bathed in chocolate, mud, oil and paint, bands of revellers depict devils, demons, monsters and imps. Choose your medium of expression; J’Ouvert is a time for loosening of inhibitions.
I chose to play with “Generation Lion”, a band fronted by an old schoolmate of mine, Rubadiri Victor. “Generation Lion” is the title of a magazine he produces which highlights Trinidad and Tobago’s social, cultural and sporting groundbreakers. Its the largest glossy magazine in the Caribbean (its usually over 300 pages long), and its in its 4th printing.
Here’s some of the action I encountered on the road…
I’m on my way to get some more Carnival pictures… see you soon!
Peace and Rice,