Carriacou Maroon Festival





Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival

There are so many exceptional events occurring throughout the world during the year. However, on the tiny island of Carriacou, there is one unique festival that showcases traditions, rituals, song, dance and other spiritual aspects like none other. Held over the three (3) day period April 26 – 28, the 2013 Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival is ideal for those looking for a pure and culturally untamed experience. One of the highlights of the Carriacou Maroon is the eating and sharing of the smoked food commonly consisting of rolled rice, provisions, a choice of meat and more. Whereas you will normally prepare this on a stove top and sit around a dining table, at the Carriacou Maroon Festival, the food is prepared in large pots over a fireside, shared by the villagers and just might be served in a calabash. Another major highlight of the Carriacou Maroon & String Band Festival is its various authentic cultural performances. This tiny island comes to life with the presentations of the big drum nation dance, quadrille dances and Shakespeare Mas. It is a bit difficult not to stay fixated on the barefooted ladies with colorful head wraps and large skirts dancing vigorously to the deep sounds escalating from the big drums. This year, additional performances come in the likes of the Black Stalin from Trinidad, the Lashing Dogs from the British Virgin Islands, the Harmonites from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Carriacou Big Drum and much more. Three days, three venues but one festival. As we say, once you have experienced the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival, your life will never be the same! For information on getting to Carriacou, where to stay once you get here and getting around the island, visit www.carriacoumaroon.com or contact us via the details below: Grenada Board of Tourism Main Street, Hillsborough Carriacou Tel: 473 443 7948 Fax: 473 443 6127 Email: carrgbt@spiceisle.com Web: www.grenadagrenadines.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/discoveregrenada Twitter: www.twitter.com/discovergrenada Youtube: www.youtube.com/grenadagrenadines - See more at: http://www.grenadagrenadines.com/blog/experience-the-2013-carriacou-maroon-string-band-music-festival/#sthash.87JBb8p0.dpuf



Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival

There are so many exceptional events occurring throughout the world during the year. However, on the tiny island of Carriacou, there is one unique festival that showcases traditions, rituals, song, dance and other spiritual aspects like none other. Held over the three (3) day period April 26 – 28, the 2013 Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival is ideal for those looking for a pure and culturally untamed experience. One of the highlights of the Carriacou Maroon is the eating and sharing of the smoked food commonly consisting of rolled rice, provisions, a choice of meat and more. Whereas you will normally prepare this on a stove top and sit around a dining table, at the Carriacou Maroon Festival, the food is prepared in large pots over a fireside, shared by the villagers and just might be served in a calabash. Another major highlight of the Carriacou Maroon & String Band Festival is its various authentic cultural performances. This tiny island comes to life with the presentations of the big drum nation dance, quadrille dances and Shakespeare Mas. It is a bit difficult not to stay fixated on the barefooted ladies with colorful head wraps and large skirts dancing vigorously to the deep sounds escalating from the big drums. This year, additional performances come in the likes of the Black Stalin from Trinidad, the Lashing Dogs from the British Virgin Islands, the Harmonites from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Carriacou Big Drum and much more. Three days, three venues but one festival. As we say, once you have experienced the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival, your life will never be the same! For information on getting to Carriacou, where to stay once you get here and getting around the island, visit www.carriacoumaroon.com or contact us via the details below: Grenada Board of Tourism Main Street, Hillsborough Carriacou Tel: 473 443 7948 Fax: 473 443 6127 Email: carrgbt@spiceisle.com Web: www.grenadagrenadines.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/discoveregrenada Twitter: www.twitter.com/discovergrenada Youtube: www.youtube.com/grenadagrenadines - See more at: http://www.grenadagrenadines.com/blog/experience-the-2013-carriacou-maroon-string-band-music-festival/#sthash.87JBb8p0.dpuf

Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival


There are so many exceptional events occurring throughout the world during the year. However, on the tiny island of Carriacou, there is one unique festival that showcases traditions, rituals, song, dance and other spiritual aspects like none other. Held over the three (3) day period April 24-26 , the 2015 Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival is ideal for those looking for a pure and culturally untamed experience. One of the highlights of the Carriacou Maroon is the eating and sharing of the smoked food commonly consisting of rolled rice, provisions, a choice of meat and more. Whereas you will normally prepare this on a stove top and sit around a dining table, at the Carriacou Maroon Festival, the food is prepared in large pots over a fireside, shared by the villagers and just might be served in a calabash. Another major highlight of the Carriacou Maroon & String Band Festival is its various authentic cultural performances. This tiny island comes to life with the presentations of the big drum nation dance, quadrille dances and Shakespeare Mas. It is a bit difficult not to stay fixated on the barefooted ladies with colorful head wraps and large skirts dancing vigorously to the deep sounds escalating from the big drums. This year, additional performances come in the likes of the Black Stalin from Trinidad, the Lashing Dogs from the British Virgin Islands, the Harmonites from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Carriacou Big Drum and much more. Three days, three venues but one festival. As we say, once you have experienced the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival, your life will never be the same! For information getting to Carriacou, Carriacou map, where to stay once you get here and getting around the island email info@travelgrenada.com

Carriacou Maroon Music Festival

Meeting world class standards, the 2015 Carriacou Maroon Music Festival is the event for those persons who wish for an experience with a difference. The Festival merged the maroon celebration and string band music into one setting with one spirit as one united island. Its African origins were depicted through the drumming, singing, smoked food and other rituals practiced by the local people. It epitomizes food, music and culture by bringing people together.

Belair Village Maroon

You will experience a genuine maroon in its natural, home setting. Experience the morning rituals of blowing the shell, wetting the ground and the cooking of smoked foods. From 4:00 pm-6:00 pm you will eat and share the ancestral smoked food after which there will be a flambeau parade and dancing of smoked food in the ring, this will be followed by drumming and singing. Remember, the 'maroon' has communal and spiritual features all steeped in rich African traditions. To end the night, everyone will head to the Coconut Bar in Hillsborough for the welcome party at 11pm..


Strings in the City" & "Cradle of Culture,

Belair Heritage Park

Meet on Main Street, in the town of Hillsborough for 'Strings in the City' where various groups perform with string band instruments. Later on that night, the festival stage will come alive at the historical and charming Heritage Village, Belair Park; home of Carriacou's social and cultural activities. The program consists of two parts: firstly, presentations of big drum nation dance, quadrille dances, Shakespeare Mas and other cultural art forms by both local and regional groups. Secondly, there will bea concert featuring regional artistes. Photo courtesy of Lebawit Lily Girma.


 Paradise Beach

An entire evening of pure, untamed and pulsating music; the setting is the magical Paradise Beach with the perfect natural backdrop of Sandy and Mabouya Islands. Just imagine it! The day's special will consists of a varied menu of tasty seafood! Performances are scheduled to begin at 4pm and will feature quadrille, big drum, steel pan, and different genres of music

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