No Bikinis and beads mas for National Geographic Travel- the globally known portal that continues to highlight awesome destinations across the world. Nope. They wanted the underlying truth of T&T’s much touted “Greatest Show On Earth” and in an Instagram feature, the recognised travel voice chose to shine its light on the infamous Blue Devil carnival character- a carnival staple no doubt.
Over eight million people may now get a chance to see, and through Nat Geo’s explanation of what a Blue Devil is, gain clarity on the fictitious Carnival character that has been a part of traditional carnivals in the Caribbean, for decades. Already, the photo posted by the international media house, has amassed over 20 thousand likes, and over 190 comments on the subject had been posted up to the time of this feature by EBUZZTT.
In its explanation, National Geographic Travel writes,“Carnival is not just the bikini and feather displays that most Travel magazines showcase every year. Its origins are much more interesting and raw and often dark. In the #TraditionalMas of #PortofSpain, #Trinidad you will see Bats, Dragons, “Fancy Indians,” #MidnightRobbers, #MokoJumbies, #PierrotGrenade, and in this photo – BLUE DEVILS! The blue devils are the most energetic traditional characters in the Carnival of Trinidad and come out of the tradition of the #JabMolassie, French vernacular for “Molasses Devil.” The jab malassie would carry chains, and wear locks and keys around his waist, and carry a pitch fork. In this case the whole body is smeared with blue paint and the young men wear Wolf masks. The Blue devil “wines” (gyrates) to a beat that is played on tins or pans by his imps. Other devils or imps hold the chains or ropes around their waists, restraining their masked companions as they lunge savagely at the crowd screaming and showing their teeth, thrusting single fingers in the air to express their demand for money, sometimes receiving it with a net.”
True Carnival’s traditions, some say, have been replaced by a bikini and beads culture that has encouraged a lack of appreciation for the authentic Trinbago carnival culture. Two years prior to this year’s festival, pan ensemble, All Stars copped the top position on the masquerade route with their traditional Fancy Sailor presentations in both years. This year however, contributors to the art form, Ronnie and Caro have sealed the deal with their presentation, “Tears Of…” In an online post, Carol Mc Intosh said, “Congrats to our R&C Family. This win is not only ours but to our masqueraders, our committee, friends, sponsors, family- we sincerely thank you.”
Carnival Tribe’s The Lost Tribe came in second while Trini Revellers took the third place spot in the Large band category this year. K2K Alliance emerged victorious in the medium band category with their presentation, “Searching for Shangri-La”, a presentation that boldly fused fashion with mas.
Buju Celebrates First Birthday Post Release in A Major Way. VIDEO INSIDE.
Mark Myrie, the Jamaican reggae and dancehall giant the world knows best as Buju Banton, has been enjoying his freedom. He was released from US prison, having served a 9-year sentence, in December 2018 and since that time, the artiste’s spirit has been nothing short of triumphant.
On Monday night at the AC Hotel by the Marriott in New Kingston, Jamaica, the artiste celebrated his 45th birthday. He made a grand entry, showing gratitude with hearty smiles at the event which would mark his first official birthday celebration post release. Like fine wine, Buju assented to his 45th birth milestone and even with his simple and humble ways, fans of the artiste could tell that the best was yet to come.
The all white affair saw a number of well known Jamaican friends of the artiste in attendance, among them Sean Paul, Jamaica Deejay and personality Jabba and Romain Virgo. Buju’s Long Walk to Freedom Tour has seen him take stages around the Caribbean including Trinidad and a Tobago and Guyana shows hosted by High a Frequency Entertainment. Most recently, Buju crossed international waters, taking the stage in Amsterdam. His presence on stage, each time, has been nothing short of momentous, and some may say, near spiritual. At his Birthday “get together” on Monday, prior to engaging in chit chat with his friends and family, Buju prayed. It would be a symbol of his gratitude and love to the Most high God for all that he has gotten him through.
Nadie Hits Em With ‘Fatt.’ Now, They Can’t Stop Lookin’.
She’s a thicky and she ain’t afraid to show it off. Nadia Batson’s made no qualms of her heavy set physical attributes, these days showing off what she’s got like nobody’s business, making it abundantly clear that she’s comfortable in her skin. The gorgeous Caribbean vocalist recently unleashed a spankin’ new single that’s got everyone talking and believe it or not, the track’s title is ‘FATT.’
Batson’s been touring the world in the aftermath of the success of her 2019 hit single, ‘So Long’. In recent weeks, the SASS band leader made her presence felt in places like Dominica, St. Kitts, Petite Martinique, St. Vincent, New York, St. Lucia and Toronto. She’s even won an award for her contribution to the culture and music of Trinidad and Tobago from Montreal, Canada.
Batson’s physique has proven engrossing to patrons over the past few years, the artiste never shying away from showing skin when she hits the stage. Her latest track, ‘FATT’, on the Caution Riddim, produced by International Stephen and Vibez Productionz is seemingly a ode to the thick girls. She’s been getting that much required nod of approval from the radio personalities in T&T, making it very possible that this single will find its way sailing sweetly into T&T’s carnival 2019.