Saturday, March 17, 2018

A lifeline for traditional mas*

Reflecting on the 2018 Carnival and seeing the lack of funding by the Government for traditional Carnival and the absence of any innovation to maintain our position of leadership in hosting the “Greatest Show on Earth”, I was saddened.
We have held countless consultations post-Carnival as to what should be done. Our traditional Carnival will eventually die, and a large portion of our national culture will be gone!
On the other hand, the “partying” Carnival has given birth to a new, young and vibrant segment of our economy as I observe a mushrooming sector.
My research has revealed that several mas bands are linked, with a few shareholders owning the majority of the popular bands as the mas-playing population seek to play in those bands. 

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