If you missed the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society's Emancipation Festival on Sunday, you missed something really special. The theme was "Breaking the Chains," and there were about a dozen performers set amidst the backdrop of the Brimstone Hill Fortress.
What a fantastic way to spend the afternoon.
Before the performances began, there was a book and wine sale.
The host, Dawn Mills, has missed her calling as a stand-up comedian. She was very entertaining and funny, and when she wanted to sing some Calypso, nicknamed herself "Mighty Talk." Hmm, seems fitting.
The "house" band for the afternoon was Rap-So-D.
Dancers from LEAP performed two empowering dances that fit the theme of the day.
Up next, Devaski Williams enthusiastically played a couple of easily recognizable songs on a colorful steel pan. I loved his version of When you Cry. (Sorry I cut it off, but it's supposed to be just a little taste.)
Song on Steel Pan
The original song
When the programme listed mimes as an act, I wondered if mimes on St. Kitts were different than the mimes I was thinking of. Nope. I debated going off to get a beverage - I mean - mimes? Really? - but I am so glad I didn't. The group from The Cayon Church of God was mesmerizing!
Precious Gems Unique Touch Ministry then performed a spiritual and exuberant dance.
Christine Clarke orated some spirited poetry and a powerful monologue (discourse between a newly freed African and his former "massa"), and several bands and choirs played/sang throughout (not all captured here).
As the sun set, I walked up a trail behind the festivities. Could there be a prettier venue? No. Not from where I was standing.
It seems the old fort has a new guard.
A beautiful sunset on an entertaining event. If you missed it, be sure to come next year; the festival is always changing.