Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Guyana plans to match the foreign 'feast' at CARIFESTA
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Title: Guyana plans to match the foreign 'feast' at CARIFESTA
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Osman, Raschid
Publisher: Sunday Graphic
Publication Date: 8/13/1972
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: CA00199741
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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Guyana plans to match


at Carifesta

DANCERS from Cayenne like these will be among the groups appearing at CARIPESTA.

WHEN the Carifesta Sec- teur Legend" dressed up for choreography, Legend seer~
retariat announced L as t twin pianos and with cho- au seS, o oumr a brand new
weekend a not too detailed reography for a corps of and exciting face for Guy
programme for the three- dancers, and Miicha el ana and her thousands o:
week Festival of Creative Gilkes's "Couvade", from a visltora. expected f r on
Aitl, those who had been short story by Wilson Harris, overseas.
anxiously awaiting this re- will undoubtedly be the As for Couvade, this is ii
elation were happy to note high spots of the Guyana the hands of the inmaignatlv4
that the idea of bringing show. Ken Corsbie and Claijmon
the festival to the people Pilgrim's Legend is not Taitt, himself an exciting<
has been amply reflected in performed very often, the amateur player. Corbie ha
the agenda for the cultural difficulties arising from the promised eye-filling specta
bs, need for a massive choir to cle in a ply he describes a
Art festivals, more often sing the spacious choral intellectual and visuaUl
than not, cater for the more passages. There was a stag- sti g."
aesthetic, alienating those Except for Rahana Karinw
who do not consider them- UIIIllllllllllllllllIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIl (the rdlatiyV newcomer wa
selve arty. made audiences sit up an<
Genery, fetivale are by R schid tae notice In "A SPawnin,
patronized on1l by certain of Eels' and a few other
0t1or ^ only by cr-uin -local productions) and Car
sections of the community, Osman Ngul'Yen (remeaibered fo
the others shying from the out-doing hi(rselebe in "red o
ve7y word cultural, with an TrIIII|llIlllllllIllllll lllll I llIllIII l)l the castof "Couvade
indifference towards those is as Couvde
ho rush to arty exhibitions ing,, however, during Guy- s not as iressve as I
and bedevilled by the idea ann's Independence .celebra- could have been.
that they themselves could tons when a choir of 10 ART EXBIBTION
never aPIreciate tne "high. voices, with soloist Ester
flow" stu~ f Pilgrim, performed this set- Taitt nd Corabie them
Carifesta, however, seems ting to A. J. Seymour's selves are players of strlk
to have been formulated poem at Queen's College. ing Intelligence and it is
Wit every one in mind, Pilgrim's work has now pi y that their off-stag
been re-scored for two coMn ailments make it ian
PDNAMIC GROUP pianos and a steelbamd and possible for them to be i

Guyana's contribution pro.
ies to be many-faceted,
bridging a battery of pre-
teretces with entertainment
rang from an interna-
ion0 pianist in concert,
tbroUgh a Guyanese play
staged by one of the nation's
Mowt dynamic theatrical
9o1u, to exhibitions of
4diln dance and masque-
rade and steel band sessions.
It to mention variety
sbow of the tyip With a
t0ost ready appeal,
If the blueprint for Guy-
ana' contribution is trans-
terred faithfully on stage,
ith the necessary elan and
Prgaising know-bw the Ca-
tilesta'f hosts can be assured
of a showing of which they
"a be reasonably proud.
B PMagan'o s uaie.

will be offered at Carifepta
by pianists Ray Luck and
Rosemary Ramdeholl and
the Guybau Invaders Steel-
The solos will be handled
by Guyana's exciting bari-
tone, Frank Daniels (re-
member how he popped
every possible prize at the
last music festival in
Georgetown) and dramatic
sqprana Barbra Burrowes,
whose voice is yet to be
heard by Guyanese audi-
Pilgrim's composition i
somewhat satisfying, but
there are no particularly
dazzMng sections w h i c
stand out from the lengths
choral w o r k. -Moreover
with pianos and steelband
with competent soloists and
with additional eyet4lling







the cast also.
But with them in charge
of directing and stage-eetting
however, "Couvade", wil
surely be something to watch
Among the international
exhiibitlons of paintings to
be set up at various venues,
Guyana'l four one-man ihows
will certainly hold their
own. From the works of the
enigmatic Aubrey William
to the simpibtitc Philip
Mooe. Guvyanese art will be
represented in bold profu.
Gora Singh, now at home


at the invitation of the Cari-
testa Secretariat to take care
of Indian Dance sessions, has
prepared choreography for
presentation at the Cultural
Gora is a student of Indian
classical dance, but he in-
sists that what he will do in
Guyana will combine the
local style of Indian dance
that is seen on sugar estates
and other Indian communi-
ties in Guyana and the
basics of the classic Khatak
he had studied in India over
the past five years.
And even though this
young dancer's technique has
been tarnished by an unfor-
tunate and obviously unre-
hearsed pas de-de~ux he eXe-
cutes with Doris Harper
Wills in the Carifesta film
now promoting the festival
at city cinemas, he has to his
credit a couple of public per-
formances when he galvan-
ised audiences with an ele-
gant but forceful virtuosity.
Two of Guyana's musi-
cians now making names for
themselves on the interna-
tional scene are returning
home to do their bit.
Concert pianist Ray Luck,
besides sittaig at the piano
for the Legend performances,
will present a solo perform-
ance of Guyanese music.
Then there is Ian Hall, the
top flight organist who has
been setting Londoners back
on their ears, not only with
his masses for organ per-
formed there, but with the
trendy and his distinctive
wardrobe in which he sallies
forth in the British capital.
The steelband contribu-
tion, on the other hand, may
not be as brilliant as it
could. or year steelbanda
in Guyana ave complain
of not being clasped to the
people's breasts as nnuch as
they shoUd. Bandsfme ae
cuse the administration of
thinking of them only when
their bands ore needed for
Some function or the other.
"How we get by othes-
wise is of little concern 1t
them". the panmen claeme.
This disenchananeut was
evident in a steelband fwst
vil of a few months age
when Iust a-M 1t to"o
of the bawds turned vd `
those toat dcid-r l


warm performances. to better bring the festival
The nation's top steelband, to the people than to ,or-
the one which had won ganise steelband-led d oad
every kudo for years on end marches, the band drawing
did not appear, and excused the people from their homes
themselves blandly saying hike some syncopated Pled
that it was not fair for them Piper.
to runaway with top hon-
ours year after year. Now that the question of
Guyana's contribution his
SOUNDS OF STEEL been settled, and what Gyy-
ana, as hosts, will offer ap-
Of course, other bands re- pears to be favourable, the
guard their refusal to enter only outstanding problem is
the lists in another light, the-question of the Cultural
The others claimed that the Centre being completed for
top band had lost their ar* opening day on August 25.
ranger, that behind-the- Already the builders have
scenes figure who managed decided that the roof can-
unique settings for classical not be finished in time and
and other compositions with this has been circunwented
which the band ran away to Y with the rental of a sprawl-
the fore, and without him, ing canvas awning to be
they were afraid to risk flung up over the construe-
their reputation tion.
It can only be hoped that Even with a canvas rotf
today, Guyana's panmen overhead, the satisfaction, of
have been made to feel more Guyanese audiences .inter-
wanted. For it is their music, spersed with regional visitors
more than any other, which viewing the dolled up Kaie-
will be the spirit of Cari- teur. Legend, written by
testa. Quyanese with Guyanese
No sounds are more fes- singers and dancers and
tive than those of a steel- pianists in Guyana's own
band going full blast, almost cultural centre, an amenity
drowning the shuffle of feet for which the nation has
moving in time to its relent- been screaming for years,
less rhythms, can hardly be rivalled.
Of course there is no way -(R, Osman.)

MARTINIQUE'S Folklore group Les Ballet Martiniquals
will appear at CARIFESTA. Thelt songs and dances are
enhanced by colourful costumes an4 vibrant moveuent,

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