There’s still time to play mas for Trinidad Carnival 2016.  Party on the road with 5 time band of the year winner, Trini Revellers in “The Plantation Party” section.

Costumes are reasonably priced between US$500 to US$800, all inclusive.

Group discounts are available.

Register online at http://www.trinirevellersmas.com/

Register in person – 35 Gallus Street, Woodbrook

For more information or to discuss a group discount:

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Trini Revellers Presents “A PREVIEW OF WOODBROOK…THEN AND NOW “ for Trinidad Carnival 2016

The Band out of necessity to honor the history of Woodbrook and the family that provided the turning point which began its evolution into what it is today, opens with a tribute to the Seigert family and the gift they gave the people of the late 19th Century – a space where when the sun sets, they could be free to express themselves and be who they were; to unwind from a day’s toiling; a place where differences in status or birth are unimportant.

12489426_1955611547996733_2324688052433878646_oThe costumes represent the height of the party when all that is recognizable are identifiable elements of the African, East Indian and Victorian styles of the 19th Century.

The Plantation Party

Woodbrook of the late 19th Century was a far cry from what it is today, but it was about to begin its evolution.. From Lapeyrouse Cemetery in the East to the Maraval River in the west.. From what is now the Queens Park Oval in the north to what is now the Port of Spain Wharf in the south, was a sprawling Sugar Plantation covered in lissom cane stalks dancing in the gentle Caribbean breezes.

It was purchased by the Seigert family led by Don Carlos – the eldest child of JGB Seigert. JGB, was a German doctor who had volunteered in Simon Bolivar’s effort  to liberate Latin America from the Iberian powers especially of Spain. Whilst seeking cures for ailments his patients suffered, he created the world famous Bitters, but died before the family moved across to Trinidad.

Don Carlos was quite the entrepreneur. He created “The House of Angostura” which became known not only for his father’s Bitters, but for a wide range of rums – dark and light, potent and flirtatious. He had a dream, of building a railway from Woodbrook to Chaguaramas,  and while that dream was unrealised,  he did recognise the potential in the Real Estate market.

Given the proximity to Port of Spain, and the growing needs of a burgeoning middle class, composed of freed blacks(Affranchis), Indentured Indians and the budding mixed race – born out of clandestine and sometimes scandalous affairs between the formerly polarised  racial groups –  he did succeed in dividing Woodbrook into several residential plots and establishing the land rental status which to this day exists.

857589_1955609394663615_5020871703159041176_oThough free, the peoples of Woodbrook were enslaved by the rigours of Plantation duties during the day. But as the sun set in a kaleidoscope of tropical colours, tools of the trade were downed.  Cutlasses, hoes , ledgers and  or writing instruments were put away and  the Dhantals, Dholaks, Djembes  and even the Victorian Pianos and Brass instruments of the time were pulled out. The Plantation came alive with the Rhythms of the residents.. a backdrop for the chanting, singing and dancing of people of differing cultures and background ..

At night, the people of the Plantation were finally… truly… free… Free to Dance, Free to Chant.. Free to Be. This was the original Plantation Party. After a while races blended and it became indistinguishable, and unimportant who was black, white, brown..until sunrise…in much the same way as occurs on the “Avenue” and beyond in Woodbrook today..

Register online at http://www.trinirevellersmas.com/

Register in person – 35 Gallus Street, Woodbrook

 

For more information or to discuss a group discount: