2015 Participating Bands
- Harmonites (String Band)- St. Vincent
- Old Time Jammers (String Band) - Tobago
- Parlatuvier Folk and Culture Mentors - Tobago
- Grupo Femenino Eleggua (Drummers)- Venezula
- Bayside Boys-Carriacou
- Ghetto Youth
- Junior Quadrille
- CCO Big Drums
- Bogles Big Drum Group
- Shaka Zulu Drum Group
- Shakespeare Mas Group
- Grenada School of Dance
2015 Carriacou Maroon Music Festival
Meeting world-class standards, the 2015 Carriacou Maroon & String Band 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 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. As we say, once you have experienced the Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival, your life will never be the same!
On Friday 24 April at 6am, 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 4pm – 6pm, you will eat and share in the ancestral smoked food after which there will be a flambeau parade and dancing of smoked food in the ring, followed by drumming and singing. Remember, the ‘maroon’ has communal and spiritual features all steeped in rich African traditions. At 7pm, you will get the chance to participate in a flambeau parade followed by the official opening ceremony and cultural presentation.
At 10am, everyone will meet everyone 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 of Belair Park, home of Carriacou’s social and cultural activities.z
The program consists of two parts. First is the presentation of big drum nation dance, quadrille dances, Shakespeare Mas and other cultural art forms by both local and regional groups. Secondly, there will be a concert featuring popular regional artistes Benjai and Prophet Benjamin.
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 consist 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 from both local and visiting groups. To end the night, everyone will head to the Coconut Bar in Hillsborough for an after party at 11pm.