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'Kambule' takes to the streets today

Idakeda and executive producers, the National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago, will present the Eintou Springer-scripted and directed street pageant Kambule this morning.

The play chronicles how the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival was saved by stickfighters and members of the community during what is known as the Canboulay Riots of 1881. The portrayal is street theatre style and begins promptly at 5 a.m. on the Piccadilly Greens in Port of Spain.

The cast is joined this year by actor Brendon Lacaille in the expanded and updated role of the Governor. Muhammad Muwakil, Sterling Kent, Ken Alexis, Keon Francis, Camille Quamina, choreographer Dara Healy and Springer will all appear on stage again this year.

Another addition to the ensemble is the Bois Academy bringing authentic stickfighting led by Keegan Taylor and Rondel Benjamin; powerful dance by Michael Mortley; and capoeira artistry by Sekhet Amunwah.

Drumming, dancing and singing will be provided by the Belmont Freetown Cultural Arts and Folk Performing Company, The Chibale Drumming Ensemble, Malick Folk Performing Company, North West Laventille Cultural Movement, the UWI Centre for Creative and Festival Arts, and Wasafoli.

The technical crew comprises production coordinator Norvan Fullerton, stage manager Attillah Springer, production assistant Afi Ford-Hopson, costumes and props coordinator Jennifer John and sound and lighting engineer Victor Donawa.

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