Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: CARIFESTA "Banjo Man"
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Title: CARIFESTA "Banjo Man"
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Weekend Post and Sunday Argosy
Publication Date: 7/9/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199677
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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The beauty of the St. Lucian
cultural scene will be portrayed
at CARIFESTlA through the
dramatic presentation "Banjo
Man" written by Roderick
Walcott ald Involving a 30-strong
cast of actors, drummers, dancers
and singers.
It has been said that few
dramatic presentations in the
Caribbean have been able "to
capture the spirit of a country
people like Banjo Man."
It 'touches on the folk, the
festivities, the beliefs of the
people, their present struggles
and their past; "Banjo Man" is
the personification of the St.
Lucian Psyche. It goes back to
the times when the 'dreaded
Cariblishi' drove the Arawaks
with pepper smoke and their
dreaded poison.g rrows from
Hewanorro (indigenous name for
St. Lucia) where they were
worshipping their Zemis or
I Supreme Being, singing their
songs, dancitig their dances and
lying it their hammocks smoking
their tobacco that put 'them in a


"Banjo Man" captures the
dances of *the folk routs,
cotillions, mazurkas, schottishes
and quadrilles which domina-
ted ballrooms and shacks at a TH
time when colonial St. Lucia was
at its cultural peak a time Lu
when Rodney, the Duke of Kent, .
Abercromlby, Jervis and a dozen
more carved out add fought over when,
the riches Of the land........... life, ]
to ma
The "Banjo Man" is the story the
of the wayfaring minstrel Este- the hi
pban, whose singing, charm and uncon
personality captured the herats of tion c
women, all over St. Lucia. The woman
setting is traditional a1d uniqubly
St. Luclan. The drama unfolds
amidst processional pomp,
splendour, grandeur and music
during the celebration of the La
Rose Festival, the feast day dedi-
cated to St. Rose of Lia, the
first saint of the New World,
"the first flower of the desert

The festival, celebrated on
August 30, i's oBpe of the Flower
Festivals which together with its
counterpart La Marguerite (Octo-
ber 17) has played an important
part in the political history of
the island. The conflict between
these two bear strange re
ser.blance to ECgland's Wars of
the Roses where rivalry for a'
flower meant so much. The Rose,
loud, colorful and expansive
finds expression in its followers'
nr-usic, noise ald love of colour;
while the Marguerite (Bachelor's
Butto,.) with its delicate blues
and angel whites, bespeaks a
milder set of flowers.
The play comes to a climax


Ma n

IE MADONNA AND CHILD from a painting by St.
cian artist Dunsiton St. Omer. (inset). This will be one
the exhibits at the Carifesta 72' celebrations.
for the first time in his-
Estephan learns what it Is
ke a woman cry. For once
chicken hawk kows how
ens feel about his apparent
cern; and from this realisa- his first refusal of a
n's love.

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