Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Get familiar with Caribbean sound
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Title: Get familiar with Caribbean sound
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/15/1972
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: CA00199854
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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'Get familiar, with

Caribbear :sourd'

"IT is a dangerous thing
to have festivals and still not
get down to the roots, There
must be a balance between
authenticity and artistry on.
stage,-or else the culture will'
be watereddgwn" .
These reit~ k were,made
by the Jamaican Folk Music
Research Officer, Miss Olive
Lewinwiho at a press con-
ferene yesterday morning
stress& the need for people
within the Caribbean region
to respect and get familiar
with the sound of folk sing-I
,ers in the region and more
so their cultural background

Miss Lewin, pointed o uf
that when people who were
not exposed to West Indian
rhythms, heard them for the
fist time, they tended to re-
gard the sound as "out of
"This, I think, is because
-they have been allowed in
their respective countries to'.
adapt their ears to one kind
[ f beat which they feel is
right," die added.
The Musical Research Of-
-ficer also emphasisedd. the
necds$ity for West Indians to
transform their feeling of
"shame" to one of pride
when they are told that their
ancestors were slaves, for,
she, pointed out, they have
added a valuable contribu-
tion to music in several coun-
tries in the Caribbean region.
Talking about getting the
spirit to perform when on
stage' MiUu Lewin expressed
the view that there was de-
finitelyIho need for artistes
to.-e hypnotised in any way,
to get' into the mood. AC-
cording to her, "though it
can .be difficult to feel at
ease when performing, I
think that the music has its
own secrets whidh will help
one to perform."
1iss Lewin, who suggested
that Carifesta be held on a
triennial basis, said that
tourism, which was very
high In Jamaica, did not
particularly help to sell their
culture, for it was being ex-
posed on a very small scale.
She said that however, with-
in recent times, tourists had
come to respect the Jamaican
culture more than before.
She explained that "she
felt much'time was necessary
for the preparation of an-
Dther Carifesta, not because
df the. number of items
which would have to be pre-
pared far presentation on
stage, but 'because tiIme
would be needed to dig
nore into the past and're-
'eal the hidden treasures of
'ach country.


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