Guyana Masquerade

This blog entry was added on December 27, 2010. We re-blog it here so you could enjoy this unique music and culture. Merry Christmas!

Guyanese Online

These Masquerade Bands parade down the street at Christmas time

Masquerade is probably the only original form of music and dance from Guyana.This session was videotaped live at the National Park in Georgetown Guyana.

The masquerade has it’s origin in Nigeria’s Yoruba and Ibo traditions.  Check the Lagosion (Lagos, Nigeria), tradition of Eyo and the stilt dancing.  The Fife and quick steps are very Ibo.  I saw it in Nigeria and immediately knew that this was one tradition that was not completely erradicated through slavery – comment from viewer

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