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Celebrate culture on the savannah grass

A tribute to deceased calypsonian Winston ‘Shadow’ Bailey at the annual Kiddies Carnival organised by parishioners of St Peter’s parish, Pointe-a-Pierre.

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI

RECENTLY I gave a woman and her two young children a lift to their home. On the way the children suddenly started to sing along to Kes’ song, ‘Savannah Grass’ that was playing on the radio. Their young voices filled the air as they sang along to the hits of this 2019 Carnival season. They knew all the lyrics. I playfully asked them if they remember their school work as well as they recall the lyrics of each soca/calypso. They laughed without answering.

Yes, we are in the midst of the Carnival season. As Kes sings in ‘Savannah Grass’: “two days are not enough”. Over the years Trinbagonians have realised this, so the fetes now start way before Carnival.

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