Monday, August 31, 2015

Journey to freedom

Emancipation Day celebrations intensify this weekend

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MUCH-REVERED: South African singer, Lorraine Klaasen will headline the Pan African concert at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain next Thursday.

Mark Fraser


“Throughout the British dominions the sun no longer rises on a slave. Yesterday was the day from which the emancipation of all our slave population commences, and we trust the great change by which they are elevated to the rank of free men will be found to have passed into effect in the manner most accordant with the benevolent spirit in which it was decreed, most consistent with the interests of those for whose benefit it was primarily intended, and most calculated to put an end to the apprehensions under which it was hardly to be expected that the planters could fail to labour as the moment of its consummation approaches. 



We shall await anxiously the arrivals from the West Indies that will bring advices to a date subsequent to the present time.”  Published in the Guardian UK on August 2, 1834.



This year marks the 180th anniversary of the abolition of chattel slavery on August 1, 1834 and the Emancipation Support Committee (ESC) has for the past several weeks been presenting a number of events including the annual Kwame Ture Memorial Lecture Series as part of the annual Emancipation celebrations. 



In this coming week leading to the grand celebration next Friday the cultural achievements of the Afro-Trinbagonians will be the focus as the ESC presents a number of shows at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village, which opens at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Tuesday from 7 p.m. Activities will continue at the village through the rest of the week until the weekend.



The traditional blessing of the ground upon which the Emancipation Village sits will take place on Sunday from 6 p.m. at the area in front of the Queen’s Park Savannah. 



The line-up includes Brother Valentino who recently returned from a visit to Zimbabwe where he performed his classic “Stay Up Zimbabwe” before the people there who not only appreciated his rendition, but treated him with great reverence. 



The Black Stalin who is about to release a five-CD collection will also be on stage on Tuesday performing several of his evergreen calypsoes that to this day appeal to youth and elders alike. 



The main event as far as the shows are concerned takes place on Thursday at the Emancipation Village from 8 p.m. when host Errol Fabien will lead a sterling selection of artistes at the, “Pan African Concert”. The headline acts here are Lorraine Klaasen originally from South Africa and Nigerian artiste, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 who will each deliver full length concert performances. 



Lorraie Klaasen, daughter of South African singer Thandi Klassen, is based in Montreal and is a much revered world music artiste. Klaasen has performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and her international itinerary has included the US, Mexico and the Caribbean. She and her mother are also reputed to have been two of Nelson Mandela’s favourite musicians. 



 



cultural programme:



 



 n Sunday 27 July



BLESSING OF THE GROUND    6.30 p.m-8 p.m. Blessing of the Ground  



Chair:  Invocation – Elders Bro Equino Moyo assisted by Ray Brathwaite Drummers—St James Cultural Artisans   In front of the Queen’s Park Savannah,



 



Tuesday 29 July



GRAND OPENING 7 – 10 p.m



MC SHORT PANTS,  DARA HEALY



Grand Opening of the Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village— Featuring: St George’s College Musical Ensemble 



Karega Mandela  



Karene Asche (Reparations)



Alana Sinnette



Gabby



Jeunes Agape



Valentino and,



Drummers Ensemble 



Stalin and Valentino, 



Moko Jumbies  of Junior Bisnath



Music by Kelly Green



Grand Stand Queen’s Park Savannah



 



Wednesday 30 July



JAZZ AT SUNSET & PAN BY MOONLIGHT 10 – 5 p.m. (TBC), 5 – 7 p.m., 7 – 11p.m.



MC EINTOU



Wasafoli Drummers and Dancers Children’s Camp



Jazz at Sunset  



African Jazz by KC Class is Class



Chantal Esdelle and Moyenne



Pan by Moonlight



Chibale



Marabella Tamboo Bamboo



La Famille



Super Novas



Republic Bank Exodus



Petrotrin Phase II



Pan Elders



Valley Harps Steel Orchestra



Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village



Queen’s Park Savannah





Thursday 31 July 



9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.



Youth  Day



Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village



Queen’s Park Savannah



PAN AFRICAN CONCERT 8 – 11 p.m.



MC ERROL FABIEN



Pan African  Concert 



Featuring :



Network Rhythm Band



Ruanne Cabralis



Ziggy Rankin



Bally and Wasafoli



Lorraine Klaasen 



Seun Kuti and Egypt 80



Grand Stand Queen’s Park Savannah





Friday 1 August 



Emancipation Day



4.30 a.m. - 8.30 a.m., 3 – 7 p.m., 



7.30 p.m  Drum Call / Freedom Morning Come



KAMBULE 2014 



Cultural performances – Live Band Package – Isasc Blackman/ Resistance etc



Flambeau Procession 



All Stars Panyard, Picadilly Greens and Yoruba Village



Treasury Building and moves off to the Lidj Yasu Omowale Village, Queen’s Park Savannah



 



Saturday 2 August



LEGACIES & LEGENDS



2 – 7 p.m.,  7.30 p.m. – 10 p.m.



MC ATILLAH



Youth Pan Concert



Success Stars



Invaders



Old Tech



Golden Symphony



St Margaret’s



Exo Cubs



Legacies & Legends



Sing the Chorus and Ah Wanna Fall – a Calypso Musical - David Bereaux and Friends



Wasafoli



Tamboo Bamboo



Bois Academy (Stick fight)



Gary Cordner



Marvellous Marva



Contender



Bevon St Clair (Young King 2014)



Roger Johnson



Capoeira demonstration



Limbo— Malick Folk Performers



Bongo



Skins Alliance



Sogren Trace Enhancement Organisation



Noel James – Informer



Georgia Charles-McIntyre



Abby Blackman



Composer



Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village



Queen’s Park Savannah





Sunday 3 August



RHYTHM & VOICES



YOUTH CONCERT  11.30 – 2 p.m., 2 to 7 p.m.



MC BLACK SAGE     8 – 11 p.m.



MC ANTICS Food Fair & Family Day – Drums / Single Pan Band / Tamboo Bamboo



Rhythm and Voices of Africa in the Village



Frontline Drummers



St Rose’s Girls



Carenage Performing Arts & Point Cumana Youth Group



Belan



Brother Book



St James Cultural Artisans



Second Freeport Sea Scouts



Sogren Trace Enhancement Organisation



St James Police Youth Club Elite Drummers & Ignited Dancers



Dayo Bejide



Tunapuna Vibrations 



Black Beat International



Curious Ringo



Mark Mayo



Oba Dread 



The Wise One



Wolde Dawit



Cardinal



Priest



Knocker



Devon Welch