The Jab Jab (from “diable” the French for devil ) is one of the main characters in Grenada’s traditional Carnival. In the US, the Jab Jab makes his/her appearance during J’ouvert an early morning street party that kicks off the West Indies Day Parade on Labor Day.
The Jab Jab’s act is an important part of African Diaspora street theatre.
The Jab Jab is known for wearing devil’s horns, carrying chains, being covered with oil or paint, dancing/acting in a sexy way and for threatening to press his smeared body against spectators, especially those who are unwilling to “pay the devil”.
The Jab Jab’s act is a commentary on the Grenadian experience. African Grenadians began openly celebrating carnival with their emancipation from slavery. I see the Jab Jab coming from two directions. First, he is a take on a similar African Diaporan Spirit found in other Caribbean cultures, called Gede in Haiti, who is also lascivious, demands money and has a sharp tongue. So, the Jab Jab is a conversation with the Spirits from Africa. Second, the Jab Jab is inverting the stereotypes foisted upon him his former slave masters. When covered in oil, the Jab Jab is blacker than black, shiny and in this way the skin is even more voluptuous. By inhabiting this terrifying persona, he is critiquing the treatment of his people by the institution of slavery. By reclaiming this space the Jab Jab is rewriting this bit of history on his own terms.
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Close Connections - Soca Storm Vol. 25
Listen to new Soca Storm Volume 25 by Close Connections for the 2014 Carnival season! Click the image to download!
1. CC Megamix Intro – Close Connections
2. Truck On The Road – Bunji Garlin
3. Junction – Machel Montano
4. State of Mind – Destra
5. True Masquerader – Kes
6. Spoil Mehself – Kerwin DuBois
7. She Coming – Machel Montano
8. Shake That – JoJo
9. Hold On Tight (remix) – Patrice Roberts
10. Feel 2 Wuk (remix) – Shal Marshall
11. BTW – Skinny Fabulous
12. HMA – Machel Montano
13. My Team – Jaiga
14. Family – Farmer Nappy
15. Doh Rough Meh – Patrice Roberts
16. Wining Champion – Preedy
17. Drop It – Machel Montano
18. CC Rum Megamix – Close Connections
19. Conquer Meh (remix) – Lyrikal
20. Just A Little Bit – Destra
21. Doh Tell Me Dat – Flipo
22. Never See Come See – Kes
23. Chuku Chuku – Denise Belfon
24. Siddung – Kes
25. Play De Music – Kes
26. Blazing – Chucky
27. Big People Party – Farmer Nappy
28. Contagious – Erphaan Alves & Blaxx
29. Man In Yuh House – Cassi
30. Big People Ting – M1
31. Too Real – Kerwin DuBois
32. Shameless – Machel Montano
33. To Meh Heart – 5 Star Akil
34. Party Never Done – Star Akil & Nadia Batson
35. Bad Habits – Kes
36. E.P.I.C. – Machel Montano
37. Go Down – K. Rich
38. Haunted – Machel Montano
39. Lock Down (Remix) – Kerwin DuBois & Lyrikal
40. Press A Button (remix) – Kerwin DuBois
41. Jab Jab – Tallpree
42. Come Out To Play – Benjai
43. Welcome To The Carnival – Mx Prime & Kerwin DuBois
44. Mama Oh – Iwer George
45. M.O.R. – Machel Montano
46. Mash Up (roadmix) – Destra
47. The Power – Machel Montano
48. Ram Jam – Kes
49. Jab Jab – Iwer George
50. Mad Up In This – Olatunji
51. The General – Skinny Fabulous
52. Done The Party – Fayann Lyons
53. Rolly Polly – Mr Killa
54. Sound Bang – Machel Montano & Major Lazer
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Point Fortin Borough Week Events
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Aye Shanti Earrings
Jewelry: Aye Shanti
Model: Akemi Kobayashi-Po
Photography: Pong Rama
Aye Shanti pieces are handcrafted and designed by Brooklyn-based artist, Shanti Vincent.
I love to produce striking designs with elements of culture, fantasy, and unique conversation piece.
An ode to her Caribbean background, she’s inspired by the vibrant colors, rhythms, and breath taking natural scenery of her years visiting the Spice Isle, Grenada with a mix of her urban upbringing here in Brooklyn, New York. Known for her flower pieces and carnival jewelry, she incorporates eye-catching designs in anticipation of her clients bringing them to life. Eventually cultivating her passion for wearable art, she successfully keeps a studio in Brooklyn and creates pieces for shows, designers, carnival costumes, and weddings.
I treat each day like its carnival, full of color and mas’!
Tokyo-based Akemi Kobayashi-Po is a Japanese-Filipino who was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. Her deep passion for makeup and beauty products landed her multiple careers in makeup artistry, product endorsement, event promotion and modelling.
Using her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, she has been teaching English for 4 years. On the side, she blogs about beauty, fashion and lifestyle. Akemi also is an editor and columnist in Japan-based Club Filipina and Philippine Digest magazines.
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Carnival Flavor - BRIDGE JPN→TT [Japan Soca 2014]
Carnival costumes by Ronnie and Caro Mas Band in Trinidad and Tobago.
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Ann-G and Carnival Flavor - We Love Carnival [Japan Soca 2014]
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Jamaica Dream Weekend 2014 Tickets
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Ronnie McIntosh - We Bringing It
Listen to new We Bringing It by Ronnie McIntosh for Trinidad Carnival 2014!
Produced by AdvoKit Productions
Written By Emanuel Rudder & Ronnie McIntosh
Mixed by Track 7 and Kit Israel
Mastered by Martin ‘Mice’ Raymond
Additional drums by SMiDDY SMiTH
Additional Background Vocals by: Gahbaie Jobity, Emmanuel Rudder, Mikhail Corneal and Kit Israel