Just for fun, we tried on some of the costumes we've been making this year and paraded around the Barry campus. Look out for the real Splash! on November 23!
In Spring 2014, Carnival Arts explored the folktales, music, dance, and visual art of the Ashanti people of Ghana. The Ashanti made up a significant portion of the people who were abducted in the black Atlantic slave trade, so there is a strong Ashanti presence in the cultures of the Americas. We were blessed to [...]
Areito is not strictly speaking a carnival -- but it has all the elements of a carnival: dancing, drumming, masks, and poetry. Areito was a performance style practiced by the Arawaks, native inhabitants of the Caribbean when Columbus arrived. In Fall 2013, young artists from Miami Bridge explored the traditions of Arawaks, reciting and writing [...]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL-CmVcWoGk The thrilling conclusion of the Maroon Chronicles.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTR-EFR6dlo For this version of the Carnival Arts music video, "Dog on the Neck," Fernando Landeros played piano. Damian Rojo directed. Photo: Maydelaine
In the docks of Havana, a hundred or so years ago, the original rumberos would improvise songs about the news of the day, always keeping with the beat of the drums. So Carnival Arts came up with a song about the news around Miami Bridge and a neighbor, who had an unusual way of getting [...]
Mariama and Youssou, two teenagers in love, are abducted from their village in Senegal and sold into slavery at different plantations on a Caribbean island. Each escapes with the help of friends, but the slavers chase after them. Will they find freedom? Will they find each other? Watch and see. Young artists at Miami Bridge [...]
http://vimeo.com/63773153 To get ready for the closing party of the Carnival Arts exhibit on Thursday, April 11, at the Miami International Airport, the Carnival Arts crew spiffed up old masks and tried them on. Singing and drummer performed by Catelus "Ton Ton" Laguerre, master Haitian drummer, who will lead a workshop at the opening party. [...]