Walk tall, moko jumbie | Closeup

It’s one of the oldest masquerades in T&T’s Carnival, brought across the Atlantic from West Africa. The moko jumbie tradition once seemed to be dying away, but in recent years a handful of enthusiasts have created a moko jumbie revival, training hundreds of young people in the art of stilt-walking. Ray Funk investigates, and explains the power of these towering figures

When mas was mas: Brooklyn Carnival

Far from the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad Carnival’s tradition of colourful fantasy mas thrives in the midst of Brooklyn’s Labour Day celebrations — and in J’Ouvert, no less. It’s thanks to the vision of masman Roy Pierre and his colleagues, says Ray Funk. Their bands are true to history and to the present moment, all at once