05 mai 2014

Carnival Week-End II : A Colourful Parade

           The carnival in commemoration of Slavery Abolition Day continued on the Sunday as well. First of all, I wanted to show you the diversity of musical instruments. In case you're wondering, the most prized instrument here is an old washing-machine drum. It's found in all the ceremonies and parties. One of these drums (top photo) was being used to carry the group's water bottles. Another useful instrument is an oven tray turned upside-down. I even saw one man playing a Coke can.    ... [Lire la suite]

12 juillet 2012

A few days later...

          The men's dance, chigoma, followed a few days later. Naturally enough, being a Mahorese event, it started an hour late, but it was interesting. To dance chigoma, you stand in single file and shuffle forward, first one foot, left, forward, then the other, right, forward, and again. You also have a scarf, which you hold in both hands just before the ends of the scarf, and you swing it from left to right in a curve which goes up at either end. Meanwhile, a singer and a few percussionists will... [Lire la suite]
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