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Day 33 – Giselle “The Wassi One”

Giselle The Wassi One

Her name is possibly synonymous with the Carnival culture. She’s a die-hard soca lover and she takes the culture of Trinidad and Tobago- the country of her lineage, wherever she goes.

Giselle The Wassi One Blanche, is the epitome of vibes. A carnival band leader, promoter, MC, radio personality in the United States and even vocalist, having teamed up with Barbados’ Edwin Yearwood in 2016, Wassi knows and understands the Carnival dynamic better than most do.

This year, the original Queen of Wassiness, celebrates 30 years in the business of Carnival. She has produced years of kiddies carnival costumes and adult masquerade costumes for her band, and with an undying passion for the art and culture that is indicative of Trinidad and Tobago, the mother of one, who has managed to skillfully maneuver and masterfully wear every hat with a sense of ease and sophistication, shows no sign of slowing down.

Giselle the Wassi One is known world over and despite being born in Brooklyn, New York, her heritage keeps her in tuned to every beat, especially the rhythms of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. For years, she has been a major part of Trinidad and Tobago’s feting experience. She has stood proudly atop stages at some of the festival’s major events, chief among them, Army Fete. Wassi has also advocated time and time again for the authenticity of T&T’s carnival to be kept in tact Sadly, her cries for ‘ground’ events such as Army Fete, to remain a constant part of Carnival, have seemingly been in vain, as Army is now the last of the many fetes of that nature. In 2017, Giselle The Wassi One proves to be a pillar of strength, representing the Caribbean and Soca wherever she goes.

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