Trinidadian Mas designer and visual artist Makemba Kunle (right) in discussion with local artist Onkphra Wells. (Picture by Heather-Lynn Evanson)
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WITH KADOOMENT DAY less than three weeks away, a seasoned mas band designer in Trinidad has decried the lack of creativity and imagination in costumes.
Makemba Kunle is in Barbados with an exhibition of some of his visual works of art, which are on show at the Caribbean Gallery of Art in Speightstown.
“I think the trend is one of the worst things that could happen,” he said of Barbados’ costume designers all but mimicking Trinidadian costume designs, “because the artist, the art of the country, the culture of the country is what would teach us how to be creative and how to use what you have and be resourceful”.
“If coming out of being independent countries, coming out of colonialism, if we cannot depend on what we have and on our own imagination to bring into being our own carnival costume, we lost.” (HLE)
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