Last year was the first year of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and everything sonically and visually was basically new territory for Bahamians. We had a basic understanding of the way Carnival should sound, and obvious expert knowledge of how Junkanoo should look, but how would creatives mesh the two to produce one cohesive product.
Aesthetically, I believe the costumes reflected the theme perfectly, but it seems like in 2016, the festival will make a more concentrated efforts in paying homage to native Bahamian roots. When it came to the music – the artists had a short time to really figure out how to combine Rake & Scrape with Soca, but many of them were able to make that adjustment and produce quality work. Artists like Sketch, Bodineand Lady Ewere some of the standouts in 2015 and with the experience of last year, the country will hear an even better product at the official Carnival Launch / Music Masters Semi-Finals in Freeport on April 15th and 16th.
Some of the early standouts include Jive, Ebony, current Music Master Sammi Starr and Lattia! Check out the songs below & check back on April 17th to see the breakdown of the 10 Music Masters Finalists.