Kemar Vincent playing Sun God from Junior Bisnath’s Kaisokah School of Arts
They represent the ancestors. I never get tired of seeing moko jumbies (as they’re called in Trinidad & Tobago). They’re an integral part of this African-influenced Trinbagonian festival. Apparently, Moko is traditionally known as a god in the Congo.
When I was a child the moko jumbies scared the living daylight out of me. One of my earliest carnival memories is being in Point Fortin, Trinidad for carnival with my great-aunt and crying, hiding behind her skirt as the moko jumbie came near. Now I see jumbies and for some reason it just stirs my spirit and captivates me. I hope you experience something that stirs your spirit and captivates you this weekend.