Too Much Booty Too Much Bass: Dimepiece taps into cultural roots at Trinidad Carnival
by laura famaFebruary 24, 2018
Too Much Booty Too Much Bass:
Dimepiece taps into cultural roots at Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.
With my Mom born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago and of Trini descent, I've always felt a rhythm in my heart and an element of the Caribbean culture apart of my upbringing in Los Angeles, and parts of it conveyed into Dimepiece.
Trinidad and Tobago is in the South Caribbean in the West Indies region. Carnival is an annual event held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday that's known for exuberant celebrations, but in order to fully understand the why of this crazy festival, we have to understand the complex historical, social, cultural and political contexts that gave birth to it.
Carnival was created to be free of inhibitions, to let go of it all and just be present in the movement of people, as one. It started with different groups of people, mainly freed black slaves and whites mimicking the other during the 1700's in their masking, costumes and entertainment; as well as freed slaves mocking their slave owners in costume.
Carnival in one word: DYNAMIC. Undoubtedly the most exertion of energy in one space I have ever been apart of....and we have done a lot.
It was a constant flow of color, energy and rhythm. Check our experience below.
Words by Ashley Jones
Images taken by Laura Fama
Us playing Jouvert (Street music festival from 3am to 8am with mud & paint)