Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: There's much from J'ca for CARIFESTA
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 Material Information
Title: There's much from J'ca for CARIFESTA
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Hunter, Oliver
Publisher: Sunday Graphic
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: CA00199685
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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t'IE Jamaicans, visibly proud
of their cultural heritage -
of their Pocomania, Myal,
John Canoe and Eumina; of
proud Maroons 2,000 feet up
in Coopit country and beard-
ed Rastafarians forever
whispering "Peace and Love"
- are sending 124 cultural
representatives to Carifesta.
The mere number sug-
gests a stage full of colour
and rhythms that are so
Jamaican. This participation
from the Isle of Springs in-
cludes Rastafarian sounds of

Count Ozzie and his Mysti-
cal Revelations; the 80-
strong Jamaican National I
Dance Theatre Company; t
Smile Orange a three-j
act play; Max Romeo; Jam-
Saca folk singers and an art I
'exhibition... all portraying t
in some form the soul vibra- o
tons of the Jamaican folk
ene of the Jew, Chinese, 1
Lebanese, East Indian Afri-
an. Arawak and European. 0
AFrom the times when the ic
krawaks called it Xaymaca
to the present day, Jamaica V
has always had its enchant. aw
inent. But the most enchant- d
g of all was not the beauti- d
ul subterranean springs, or th
great houses, but the people T
a ther simple folk cul-
But what is this Jamai- T
can folk culture? What is go
Unique about it? What as- s
Petes of its beauty will be a
rrayed at Carifesta? sp
aYbe Rwe can start with an
the Rastafarian since this an
aSPect of folk has not only fi
been dominating the Jamai- in
Can scene recently but has wi
also been spilling over into
The rest o the Caribbean. us
Te Rastafarians appeared ca
mtre decades ago demand. bri
t r atrion to Ethiopo. ta
o them Iaile Selassie
no as as Tafari be-
Po"r) ish crown Em
is a God ... the Lion
Sthe Tribe of Judah ...

breaking every chain. And when one under. TOUR OF BRITAIN
From Wareika area, where stands the blending of the
they were once regarded as religious with the cultural Both the Jamaica Nation-
social outcasts, the Rastafa- then one canry t trans- al Dance Theatre Company,
rians have now attained late the Jamaican landscape led by Rex Nettleford, and
national recognition. Through in song and dance, poetry the Jamaica Folk singers
the annual Jamaican Na- and art and put meaningled by Olive Lewin are
tional Festival their folk art behind the primitive works tped in folk.
is now regarded as an out- of the Jamaican painter and The Theatre Company
standing and unique thing. sculpture Kapo, who like was founded in 1962 after
Rising from lovely beaches, Guyana's Philip Moore and a commemorative show
to lofty green clad moun- the Haitian Hippolyte re- "Roots and Rhythms" cele-
tains, Jamaica is a land flects the polyanlmatedness bratb Jamaica's Indepen-
where the folk is fused into' o things in the Jamaican dence.
religion. We see this in Po world where art and reli- Its leader, an outstanding
comania, Cumina, Obeah, gion, spiritual vision and writer and artist. is chair-
and Myal and shady ritual- work-aIday reality are one. Mn of the Committee in
istic assemblies scattered Maybe it is mainly the Jamacwhich s now carry-
throughout the land. task of the 80-strong Jamai- ing out an extensive review
On the one hand are ca National Dance Theatre and assessment c art and
the song and dance; paint- Company and the Jamaica cultural development in the
ing and sculpture and litera- Folk Singers to translate ontry.
ture which portray these the Jamaican landscape te Caieta this group
manifestations. On the other for the Carifest audience will doing a three-week
Pocomania (Little Mad- It is for them to tell of tour of the United Kingdon.
ness) is a true-to-life reli- John Canoe (probably de- The folk presented by
gion offering a nothlng-in- rived from zone ka'nu the Jamaican Folk Singers
the-world-like this experi- meaning terrible sorceror has recently won them a
ence to the Jamaican rural from the Ewe language) prize at ti
folk. who come out at hristna music Festival held
Eail1 discernible in their Itime in colorful baige and in Argentina and yave also
long, white ob, rags with feathered head performed recently at the
an head. and cord around with ghastly white outies States Folk Music Festival
ist to which strange ob ann to the hth,.t held in Washington.
ect including a pair of drumn andlutes whie the The Jamaican folk to be
cissors are tied, the Poco- brandish wooden a and presented at Carifesta will
manians have some reseRb- axes, go back to a time when a
ances to the Guyanese It is they who will tell thunderous noise and a
iitun song and dance at the mighty wave swallowed
With peculiar sounds of proud Mlaroons who ran Port Royal, the Babylon of
[up! h i Hp! they clench away to the mountains and, the West, with thousands of
heir fii_ and hop around in defied the colonials like the souls and 2,000 buildings.
circles in a frenzied manner proud Arucanians of the Their folk will capture
ratingg and rolling until Andes.- the spirit of a time as
hey catch the spirit and Today these descendants chronicled by a priest when
alk in unknown tongues of run away slaes living 'wedges and pigs or silver
nly to hear the dimc grow at Mooretown and cca pieces of eight and several
im ... dimmer as they Pong in Cockpit country other coins of both metals,
ose consciousness. are the only people in the rich pearl necklaces, and
Not exactly like Pocoo Caribbean to have a state pearls unsorted and undril-
nania but singularly Jana-i within a state. They pay no led several Bushels be-
an is Cumna practised by taxes on treaty lands won sides which the purest and
ie grassroots people. In a under their leader Cudjoe. most fine sorts of dust gold
ray it resembles the Guy- It is they who will tell of from Guinea brought by the
nese Cumfa except that the Bedward who promised his Negro ships who first came
ruining is done only in the thousand-odd followers that to Jamaica to deliver their
antre of the ring with the he would take them to blacks... and where seamen
ancing being done around heaven, since the world was' and buccaneers gambled
le druimers. to end on a certain day. with heavy gold coins whose
HE SPIRIT FOOD The faithful believers value no one cared to esti-
na is a revered ti old all their earthly posses- niate; and drank out of cups
Cum a is a revered thing sions and watched for the embellished with sparkling
he folks say that Oto, the promised moments when the gems torn from half a hun-
d of Cu a, rules the angel were going to come dred cathedrals ."
y gods, earthund -gods, and they and their leader Today Quadrille dance
cesral zombies, duipy Bedward were going to fly and songs of the rugged
irits and human beings to meet them. buccaneers. Kourmanti
d must be fed on Calalu That day did arrive. Bed- chants and Brer Anancy
d white cane and is the ward with face shining in coming down from a time
rst god drummed to in the glory as they say climbed a that has vanished over the
vocation of the drums tree in St. Andrew Hills, horizon of the mind and
th the beat of the banda. looked up into the sky, blending with Pocomania,
Every art form will be spread his hands and pre- John Canoe, Cunina, West-
ed to portray the Jamai- pared to fly.., the moment ern Pop, Rastafar an
n cultural scene and to had arrived at last. rhythms and images of the
ing about a greater under- On the ground his follow- indigenous Arawaks domin-
nding of this scene, ers spread their hands just ate the Jamaican lands.ape
waiting for their leader to The 14 strong Jtnaican
move like a bird on wing.* will give meaning to
Bedward did fly, but to the tese images
ground where he almost One of the main alnu of
shattered his skull. For his Carifesta is to aive mati-
followers It was shattered
hopes. Bedward finally
found heaven in a lunatic
asylum. The story Is now
blended into folk.

There's much from

J'ca for Carifesta

Ing to the very existence of
the Caribbean and Latin
American peoples;. meaning
to the things they love, the
things that helped shape
their past and present; mean-
ing to their hopes and as-
pirations and their real
essence which flows over
into the folk and is captured

by the various art forms.
A whole new perspective
comes to life when this
meaning is attached tothe
Jamaican cultural plalhi.,nd
all the lands andL peoplee
coming to Carifesta..-: a
new perspective of even
the bearded Rastafarian
whispering 'Peace and Love'.

THE John Canoe Band in Jamales is seen here during a street performance.

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