The Commerce Behind the Culture of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Documentary produced by Africa Allah of DiRadioCast
Before you see the masqueraders parading the streets in their beautiful costumes,
Before you see them drinking premium alcohol from the best bars and
Before you see then dancing to the best soca music the Caribbean has to offer,
There are hundreds, even thousands of busy worker bees working behind the scenes to ensure that masqueraders have the best Carnival experience that money can buy and that their spirits can endure.
The inaugral Junkanoo Bahamas Carnival experience took place in May 2015. It was not without its fair share of critique and push back from Bahamians who had a bias towards maintaining the annual Junkanoo Festival in December as the one and only Carnival festival on the island.
The documentary below from our friends at DiRadio Cast explores the economic value of the carnival experience for the people of Bahamas. It provides insights on what it takes to make a Carnival experience a memorable one, while showing the potential of the newly added Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival festival to boost the economy of the island.
SOUND OFF: Do you think Bahamas should have both the traditional Junkanoo in December and the Junkanoo Bahamas Carnival in May?
MISSION: To elevate the brand of Caribbean culture in the fields of MUSIC, BUSINESS and the ARTS by celebrating the work of cultural ambassadors while advocating for upcoming Caribbean talent1.