Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago

Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago Research Based Organisation The Carnival Institute of Trinidad & Tobago has the task of gathering knowledge and artefacts related to Carnival and other festivals, collecting, analysing, preserving, conserving and disseminating this knowledge to the public.
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Check it out!!! National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC presents the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival World...
14/02/2021

Check it out!!! National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC presents the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival World...Experience it! Love it! Share it!

28/01/2021
'Voices from the Ghetto' Singing Sandra

Dearest sympathies to the family, friends and calypso fraternity on the loss of one of Trinidad and Tobago’s musical icons, ‘Singing Sandra’.

NCC presents tntcarnivalworld.com
27/01/2021

NCC presents tntcarnivalworld.com

The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) has announced the launch of its digital online platform, called Trinidad and Tobago Carnival World, scheduled to go live on February 12. Read more about it here: https://bit.ly/3og466p

07/01/2021
The Now Morning Show

Chairman Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters on The Now Morning Show

The status of Carnival 2021 has been a hotly debated topic in recent times so we had the Chairman of the National Carnival Commission, Winston 'Gypsy' Peters drop in to discuss the topic with Dj Rawkus Remy.

#NOWonTTT

The Last Mas by Minshall
30/12/2020

The Last Mas by Minshall

The Last Mas assembles scholarly and creative analysis by critical thinkers, who position Carnival within the theatre and performance arts discipline at the global level. This first-of-its-kind limited edition will open the door to further investigation and discourse on the Carnival Arts and one of its treasured pioneers--Peter Minshall.

Merry Christmas from all of us at CITT.
25/12/2020

Merry Christmas from all of us at CITT.

16/11/2020
Beautiful News

Beautiful News

These vibrant stilt dancers are paying homage to Trinidad and Tobago’s history.

14/11/2020
Shubh Divali Trinidad & Tobago

In 1966, Trinidad and Tobago proclaimed Divali a public holiday, making it the first non-Christian religious holiday in this post independence era and one of the first holidays ever proclaimed outside of the others inherited from colonial days.

Brought to our shores by indentured labourers, Divali, Diwali or Deepavali, is one of the most important Hindu celebrations, dubbed the Festival of Lights, celebrating the triumph of light over darkness. Several listings have placed Trinidad and Tobago's Divali in one of the top 10 around the globe outside of India, for its truly festive appeal.

Hey guys, we’re sorry you haven’t been hearing from us, but we've been busy packing and moving over to our new home. How...
10/11/2020

Hey guys, we’re sorry you haven’t been hearing from us, but we've been busy packing and moving over to our new home. However, our online digital presence would be back in a few days. See you soon!

#happymonday Folks!
02/11/2020

#happymonday Folks!

01/11/2020
TTT Live Online

Junior Calypso Showcase 👇🏽

We are live with Tuco Trinidad-Tobago's Junior Calypso Showcase!

30/10/2020
Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

Tobago Calypso Monarch, November 13th and 14th

13th and 14th of November, Tune in and Zoom in to see the crowning of Tobago’s Calypso Monarchs.

30/10/2020

Hey guys on this #FridayFeature, we bring to you a video feature produced by WACK 90.1 FM Radio on “𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗞𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗼” presented to you by the late 𝗗𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗶𝘀 ‘𝗦𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗴’ 𝗛𝗮𝗹𝗹 (𝟭𝟵𝟰𝟵-𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬).

Sprang, as he was affectionately called, passed away at the start of this #CalypsoHistoryMonth, and was known for his many contributions in culture from comedy, to acting, singing and numerous tv productions. In this feature, Sprang does what he was also known to be passionate about: passing on our stories of history through talk and conversation.

Listen in closely and hear him highlight important occasions in the development of Kaiso, taking us through its chantwell origins to the formation of the Calypso Tent as well as insights into things like why calypsonians were known to always dress smart in suits.

#bycalypsoourstoriesaretrold
#Octoberiscalypsohistorymonth

National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC
Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

#happyfriday Folks!
30/10/2020

#happyfriday Folks!

Hey folks! Welcome to another #thursdayreads from the CITT Library Collection. We're still in celebration of #CalypsoHis...
29/10/2020

Hey folks! Welcome to another #thursdayreads from the CITT Library Collection. We're still in celebration of #CalypsoHistoryMonth and today we feature 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 - 𝗠𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗿𝘆 - 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 ~ 𝗖𝗔𝗟𝗬𝗣𝗦𝗢 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗕𝗕𝗘𝗔𝗡 𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗜𝗠𝗔𝗚𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡, edited by Sandra Pouchet Paquet , Patricia J, Sanuders Stephen Stuempfle

This book includes contributions from calypsonians, critics, novelists and poets alike, all engaged in representing Caribbean culture in its myriad forms. It represents an array of convergences across critical perspectives, political and social agendas, generations and national boundaries. The work of numerous calypsonians and other singers are explored. The comparative analysis provide an interdisciplinary approach to Cultural Studies making essential reading for students, scholars and calypso enthusiasts.

"Like the calysonian, Rhys chooses cryptic language and double-entendre because her texts challenge powerful interests. Both Rhys and C.L.R. James reference the 1933 calypso sung in duet by Attila the Hun and Roaring Lion, ‘Doggie Doggie Look a Bone’, to critique the economic exploitation of women and the commodification of s*x. Rhys uses it in the radio script of 'Voyage in the Dark' and James associates it with the nurse in 'Minty Alley' who is both exploited by men and abusive toward her child." - Excerpt from 'Memory - Resistance ~ CALYPSO AND THE CARIBBEAN LITERARY IMAGINATION' Pg. 180

#Octoberiscalypsohistorymonth
#ByCalypsoOurStoriesAreTold

National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC
Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

Good morning and #happythursday
29/10/2020

Good morning and #happythursday

Hey Folks it's #waybackwednesday and...🎙"Deh buy rum and coca-cola, went Down Point Cumana,Both mothers and daughters,Wo...
28/10/2020

Hey Folks it's #waybackwednesday and...🎙

"Deh buy rum and coca-cola, went Down Point Cumana,
Both mothers and daughters,
Workin Fuh deh yankey dollar."

In celebration of #CalypsoHistoryMonth today we take you back to 1943 to 𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿’𝘀 (𝗥𝘂𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁) 𝟭𝟵𝟭𝟰-𝟭𝟵𝟲𝟭, hit song 𝗥𝘂𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗰𝗮-𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗮, which is undoubtedly the most famous calypso describing the impact of the American presence on Trinidad. The song described the increase in prostitution that resulted from the presence of so many soldiers on the island. During a visit to Trinidad, Morey Amsterdam, an American comedian and master of ceremonies of a visiting troupe of performers sent out in 1943 to provide entertainment for marines stationed at a number of Caribbean bases, heard Invader’s song and on his return to America, composed several stanzas of his own. He collaborated with Jeri Sullivan, a nightclub singer who sang it as a “novelty song” in 1944. Amsterdam then copyrighted the song in his own name and published copyrighted broadsheets with the music of the song.

Read more about when 'Calypso went to Court' here in the images below 👇🏾

National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC
Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

Good morning! #happywednesday
28/10/2020

Good morning! #happywednesday

28/10/2020
TTT Live Online

Earlier this evening two members at CITT were featured on TTT Live Online as they highlighted some of the work that we've been undertaking during #CalypsoHistoryMonth but even more so, throughout the entire year. Check it out below to hear some of the projects we have been up to as we continue to preserve, archive and disseminate information on everything CARNIVAL! 😀

Videographer Orlando Dinchong and Research Assistant Kearn Williams spoke about the genesis of the "Kaiso Chats" series. We looked at the need for such initiatives, responses from the general public, and the artists interviewed, as well as how persons can contact the Institute for specific archival footage.

27/10/2020
TTT Live Online

Hey guys check out CITT on TV! Tune in later at 7:10pm tonight!

Videographer Orlando Dinchong and Research Assistant Kearn Williams spoke about the genesis of the "Kaiso Chats" series. We looked at the need for such initiatives, responses from the general public, and the artists interviewed, as well as how persons can contact the Institute for specific archival footage.

Hey Folks! Hope you're all well. Today on our #TopicTuesday and in celebration of #CalypsoHistoryMonth we feature the in...
27/10/2020

Hey Folks! Hope you're all well. Today on our #TopicTuesday and in celebration of #CalypsoHistoryMonth we feature the innovative trailblazer and multi-talented artiste, the late 𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘄 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗼 '𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿' (𝟭𝟵𝟯𝟳-𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴). We featured him last Friday with an episode from our Kaiso Chats series https://www.facebook.com/carnivalinstitute/videos/651118462262046/

Today you can learn about the man himself.

Did you know he was the first calypsonian to produce his debut record under his own label?

Read more in the images below. And don't forget to share and like 🙏🏾

National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC
Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

Good morning!!!#TuesdayThoughts #haveaniceday #pierrotgrenade
27/10/2020

Good morning!!!

#TuesdayThoughts #haveaniceday #pierrotgrenade

The talented Jason C Audain
27/10/2020

The talented Jason C Audain

The Traditional Portrait

Pierrot Gr***de
Moko Jumbie
Jab Jab
Authentic Indian
Dame Lorraine
Fancy Sailor
Fireman
Baby Doll
Midnight Robber
Burrokeet
Black Indian
Gorilla
Check out the website for more https://www.jasonaudain.com/

26/10/2020

Hey guys, as we bring to you our final Kaiso Chats for this season on this #musicmonday celebrating #CalypsoHistoryMonth, we end things off with none other than the president of Tuco Trinidad-Tobago, 𝗟𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗼 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗮, better known as 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲.

In this segment, produced in collaboration with TUCO, we hear from Brother Resistance, a pioneer in the Rapso music genre, as he shares insights into some of his hits during the 80s and 90s such as “Dancing Shoes” and Mother Earth”. He also shares an interesting story of performing Rapso in Italy! Check out the video to hear about which controversial historical European figure he sang about.

#OctoberIsCalypsoHistoryMonth
#bycalypsoourstoriesaretold .

National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC
Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

24/10/2020
Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago

Here’s a little Saturday vibe for you as we take you back to September with one of our #musicmonday posts with The Mighty Duke. Happy Saturday folks!

National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC
Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

Hey folks! This #musicmoday we spice things up a bit as we start the work week off with ⭐️KELVIN POPE (Mighty Duke) 1932-2009⭐️ and his 1987 road march hit ‘Is Thunder’.

Born in Port Fortin in 1932, Calypso was not his first vocation. He first worked as a teacher then went on to work at Shell Oil Company, but gave that up for his love of calypso. In the 1950s, he played locally in his hometown, then began playing in San Fernando at the Southern Brigade Calypso Tent. In 1964 he relocated to Port of Spain and performed at the Original Young Brigade.

He was the winner of the Calypso King title four consecutive times 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971. He was the only person to achieve the feat.

He was noted for exploring ideas such as black consciousness, apartheid, and global politics in his lyrics. He has written social, humorous, road march and party tunes. Lord Nelson was one of many for whom he composed music. He also had an interest in pan performing such gems as “Pan in yuh Rukunkutunkun” and “Pan is beautiful.” Apart from being a talented singer Duke was also known for his sartorial splendour. His trademark trench coat outfits, were professionally tailored and designed – a true trendsetter.

In 1970, he was awarded the Silver Hummingbird Medal for his contribution to calypso. In 1987, his soca song "Is Thunder" was awarded the Road March prize. His last appearance in the Calypso Monarch finals was in 2003. The Mighty Duke passed away in 2009.

Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

23/10/2020
Kaiso Chats with Lord Superior

As part of our #CalypsoHistoryMonth and on this #fridayfeature we bring to you our 𝗞𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗼 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝘁𝘀 feature with the late 𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘄 “𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿” 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗼. Affectionately referred to as Supie, hear him sing and talk about his 1962 song “Mock Calypsonians”, about issues behind the scenes between calypso composers and calypso performers, and what in his estimation, really measures up to being a true calypsonian versus a mock calypsonian.

#OctoberIsCalypsoHistoryMonth
#bycalypsoourstoriesaretold .

National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC
Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

Don't worry...be happy! #happyfriday folks! Look out for our #fridayfeature coming up later today. We'll be bringing you...
23/10/2020

Don't worry...be happy!

#happyfriday folks! Look out for our #fridayfeature coming up later today. We'll be bringing you another episode of our Kaiso Chats series.

Here’s a #ThrowbackThursday for you. “A Brief Historical Background on the Vocal Recording in Trinidad and Tobago.”Tuco ...
22/10/2020

Here’s a #ThrowbackThursday for you. “A Brief Historical Background on the Vocal Recording in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

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In celebration of Calypso History Month

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Hey folks today we want to widen your perspective on the power of political calypso to define and describe society and i...
22/10/2020

Hey folks today we want to widen your perspective on the power of political calypso to define and describe society and its people on this #thursdayreads.

This book looks at aspects of the subset of political calypsos that offer commentary of socio-political and/or economic issues in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It recognizes these calypsos as bedded in the popular practice to ritual communication and ‘Conflict Transformation’ with ‘Trinibago’ history and culture.

“Calypsonians, singing on the social, political and/or economic issues occurring in Trinidad and Tobago, enables their audience to develop an alternative perspective on issues. By so singing, these calypsonians offer help to their audiences in their development of a social construction of reality that has in its embryo, a potential which if the audiences chose to develop, further allows them to take action to liberate themselves from their present issues.”

Excerpt from 'The Political Calypso: A Sociolinguistic Process of Conflict Transformation' Ch 2, pg. 29, written by Everard M. Phillips

Available for Purchase on caribbeanbookspecialists.com and can also be located in University of the West Indies Library.

National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC
Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

Hope you're having a great Thursday. What's making you happy today?
22/10/2020

Hope you're having a great Thursday. What's making you happy today?

21/10/2020
⭐️Duke of Iron on Film⭐️

Hi everyone! Our Celebration of #CalypsoHistoryMonth continues. The CITT time machine #waybackwednesday is off to the movies again. In July we brought you 𝗦𝗶𝗿 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘁 (1902-2001) performing on film (https://www.facebook.com/carnivalinstitute/videos/1885366551606083/).

Today, it's the turn of 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝘂𝗸𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗜𝗿𝗼𝗻 (𝗖𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻) 1906-1968, as he performs in this 1948 short film “𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗻.” In the short, he paid homage to our Traditional Indian Masquerade. Enjoy as the Duke showcases the confrontation between Indian bands and the special chants typical of certain types of Indian Mas.

The Duke of Iron was one of the foremost calypsonians based in the United States. Born in Trinidad, he migrated in 1923. He recorded for a number of labels and had over 100 calypsoes to his credit. The high points of his career were during the Calypso Craze years in the 1930’s, the 1940’s and again in the 1950’s. He had such hits as “Marry a Woman Uglier Than You,” “Last Train,” and “Loving Woman Is Waste of Time.

Let us know what you think of his performance in the comments section below 👇🏽

Referenced:
'The Roots of Calypso Vol. 1' by George Maharaj

Video:
Meloware Media Youtube Channel

National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC
Tuco Trinidad-Tobago

Good morning!
21/10/2020

Good morning!

20/10/2020
⭐️Patrice Roberts⭐️

It’s #TopicTuesday once again during this #CalypsoHistoryMonth, and we shed spotlight on some of our most praised artistes who find their grounding in this genre.

Like many soca artistes, 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗥𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁𝘀 started off her career in the calypso arena in the 90s entering and winning regional calypso competitions. By 2001, she would capture the title of both the Junior Calypso Monarch and the Junior Soca Monarch. In the following year 2002, she would yet again capture the Junior Calypso Monarch title. She would then draw attention in 2005 for her collaboration with Bunji Garlin with the hit “Islands”. The following year, another collaboration with Machel Montano for the song “Band of the Year” would land her the title of Road March 2006.

Here’s her winning performance of '𝗗𝗼𝗵 𝗚𝗼 𝗗𝗲𝘆' at Dimache Gras 2001 for her Junior Calypso Monarch title.

References:
Trini Good Media
Video:
IsDePanInMe YouTube Channel

#OctoberIsCalypsoHistoryMonth
#bycalypsoourstoriesaretold

National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago- NCC

Good morning! Have a wonderful day!
20/10/2020

Good morning! Have a wonderful day!

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Wherever on the globe Trinbagonians find themselves, we start a Carnival. That is one indicator of how important the festival is to our culture.

It has nurtured our greatest artists, such as Carlisle Chang and Peter Minshall, and our artistic products: pan, mas and calypso, our novels and our poems, our paintings, our sculptures and our films. It provides us with cultural resources of language, music and dance. It speaks of and to our soul.

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Congratulations to Mr. Narie Aproo on being awarded the Humming Bird Medal(Silver) for his sterling contribution to Culture.
To Mary-Ann, Judy, Kim Johnson and all the great people at CITT-- thanks again for an extraordinary visit to your home base, for illuminating films and lecture demos, and to Dragon and his people at the Kilimanjaro Moko Jumbie yard for a spell binding afternoon of lofty movement and dance. Those of us from Wheaton College who visited with you all had an amazing time. Thank you.!