Monday, 26 August 2019

Moko Jumbies walk again

A pre-carnival event at Emslie Horniman's Pleasance in West London has a visitation from moko jumbies, the stilt-dancing African spirits who followed the slave routes by walking across the oceans.  

The Windrush-themed costumes are designed and made by Alan Vaughan for #OriginMokoJumbies. Today's performers - Alan, Blessing, Igor (Sphyfro) and Marshal - are attached to Elimu Mas Academy. For more information please see the Moko Somõkõw Facebook page.

At the beginning of the first day of the Notting Hill Carnival 2019, I glimpse Alan and Shynel Brizan, Carnival Queen of Trinidad and Tobago, walking out to join the band. I miss out on seeing the full costumes which they wear the next day.

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