Grand Bay set to host the 2012 Sensay Festival

first_img 42 Views   2 comments Share LocalNews Grand Bay set to host the 2012 Sensay Festival by: – January 19, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Chairman of the Grand Bay Village Council Hilarian HenryAs activities continue to unfold for the 2012 carnival season, organizers in Grand Bay are reporting that plans are set to host the 2012 sensay festival in the southern community next month.President of the Grand Bay Village Council, Hilarian Henry says the carnival committee in Grand Bay has partnered with the local Village Council to host ‘Mas on the Boulevard from February 5th to 19th, 2012.Grand Bay is known to be the ‘cultural capital of Dominica’, something that the Granbarians say they will continue to maintain.Henry told the Dominica Festivals Committee’s weekly press conference on Wednesday that ‘Mas on the Boulevard’ will meet several objectives.“It is an event geared towards the marketing of our community as it relates to the sustainable development of tourism, culture and traditional Mas, whilst promoting peace and unity among residents and neighboring communities. It will also be an avenue for local artistes to showcase their talents and create or improve opportunities for themselves. It will also give vendors especially unemployed women and opportunity for income generation to provide for their families and to ensure the preservation of our traditional mas”. Sensay costumes have grown to become part of the carnival celebrations both in the city and other communities across the island.A sensay is defined as a costume of West African origin made of frayed rope and other fibrous material such as pounded leaves of the agave, ‘langue beff’ (Furcraea tuberosa) that grows mainly on the coast. The material is tied around the body in layers so that it cascades from the head to the feet. A mask is usually worn on the face and cow horns form the headpiece. Sensay costumes are also made of strips of paper, cloth, frayed plastic sacks and dry banana leaves ‘pai fig’. They are similar to costumes used in West African tribal ceremonies. The word comes from the Twi language, senseh, which is a type of fowl with curled or ruffled feathers. The costume is named after its resemblance to the fowl, which also has special spiritual properties among the Twi people.Mr Henry said that patrons can expect to see several types of sensays at the festival next month.“We are very happy this year that we will be hosting the sensay festival. Sensay basically is one of the elements in the carnival celebration which basically came from the West African country. It is what the Africans called the ‘great spirit’; the incarnation of the great spirit into the band. At the festival, we will have various forms of sensays; to include bebel sensays, crockus bag sensays, cloth sensays with different colors and pye fig sensays”. Mas on the Boulevard will begin with a parade from the Community Hall through Lalay and down to the Boulevard on February 5th, 2012.The sensay festival is carded for February 8th on the Boulevard from 7:00pm followed by a band splash featuring a number of local bands like Midnight Groovers, Kalinago sensays and Bwa Bwa on February 12th, 2012.The events will culminate with an Awards Ceremony on February 19th, 2012, where a number of local calypsonians will grace the stage.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 93-85 loss to No. 5 North Carolina

first_img Published on February 27, 2019 at 1:22 am Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+center_img CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Three days after then-No. 1 Duke handled Syracuse (18-10, 9-6 Atlantic Coast) in the Carrier Dome, the Orange were up three points to one of the hottest teams in the nation in No. 5 North Carolina (23-5, 13-2). Up 46-43, SU blew its slim halftime lead as Marek Dolezaj and Elijah Hughes fouled out near the conclusion of the game to end any hope of a comeback. Hughes scored 15 points — but was scoreless in the second half — and Syracuse was led by 29 points from Tyus Battle. UNC’s Coby White dropped 34 points on the Orange, including six 3-pointers.Here’s what our beat writers had to say about Syracuse’s loss.last_img