INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION NO. VII
The Lauriers Roses Folk Group, led by Mademoiselle Polycarpe has dancers
ranging in age from 10 to 50 years, It has been in existence for over 10 years.
Their performance will, include the Lerole, Mulala and Casse-Co two of which date
back to the days of slavery.
The roots of the Lerole are fouid in the Quadrille: when the slaves
saw their masters doing the Quadrille they went into the backdams and did it to
the beat of their drums. The Mulala on the other hand, is purely .African and is
danced all over French Guiana. Casse-4o is a dance done by the country folk to
make work easy. It expresses the joy of life and of work and captures all the
indigenous movements and rhythms of the folk.
The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari a fusion of the horns and bass of
the Mystics, and the Count Ossie Rastafari Drums play a music of controlled anger
and of laughter, a music of love. Their music is immediately identifiable with
their life style and has its roots in Ethiopian Africa.
Tho R. ,srfe ~i ~--rot v% n rnlig'ious/ciltural eoot whose message is
PEACE Awr LOVE.
Once regarded as social outcasts because of their refusal to embrace the
colonial cultural forms, their insistence on maintaining their African identity and
persistent demands for repatriation, the Rastafari have nevertheless attained
international recognition. Through the release of their three volume album,
"Grounation" their folk art is now recognized as outstanding and unique.
The Grenada Steelband will begin their programme with a selection of music
drawn from the classics. This will be followed by a few hits sung by the Mighty
Inspector one of the leading calypsonians in the Island. The steelband will wind
up the programme with a number of popular West Indian Tunes.
Antigua's versatile calypsonian, Lord Short Shirt, will render a few of
his popular hits which have made him Caribbean Calypso King for three consecutive
years (1970, 1971, 1972). He will be accompanied by his own band and by 'Star
Black' his assistant.