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Guadeloupe Carnival: Mas Maten

Guadeloupe Carnival: Mas Maten

Caribbean, Carnivals
Mas Maten, the Saturday morning carnival, I was told could not be missed as it reflects Guadeloupe. And they were right.  A little bit about Guadeloupe carnival. From what I saw and from speaking to others within the carnival community, carnival in Guadeloupe is still very much grounded in culture and tradition in approach and presentation. There are three types of carnival groups based on their music; ‘Po’ bands which play music on drums covered with animal skins and other instruments, the mas groups and the percussion groups.    Almost similar to Ile Aiye in Salvador Brazil, the most popular bands such as Akyio (Group o Po) started with awareness of cultural identity through art and culture as one of…
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