HARARE - Trinidad and Tobago demonstrated why their carnival is often described as the greatest show on earth with a stunning presentation that was adjudged to be the best of this year’s Harare International Carnival.
The spectacularly dressed winners from the West Indies, dazzled the adjudicators and spectators alike with an exhibition that included an orchestra that played oil drums with notes grooved into one end that were struck with rubber-tipped sticks to produce melodious sounds.
Trinidad and Tobago was voted as the best international group and the overall winners of the 2014
Harare International Carnival on a day the streets of Harare were an explosion of colour, music and creativity.
Colourful Italy was adjudged to be the second best among the international participants beating popular Brazil which came third in the carnival march that was led by newly-installed Miss Carnival, Gamuchirai Kujeke.
Zimbabwe’s best-placed group was the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association (ZNTDA) which was voted as the second best group in the overall category. Girls High School, which is celebrating its centenary, was number three in the overall category.
In the contemporary category, the Zimbabwe College of Music were the winners with controversial dancer Beverly ‘Bev’ Sibanda claiming second prize.
Moonlight Funeral Assurance got position number three in the same category.
The Harare International Carnival, which took place in the Zimbabwean capital between May 16 and 25, was marked by the participation of close to 30 schools that, in the majority of cases, showcased various Zimbabwean traditional dances and the playing of marimba music.
Apart from Brazil, Italy and Trinidad and Tobago, the international flavour was also provided by Egypt, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Angola and the United Kingdom.
Malawi was represented by several groups whose presentations exposed the cultural diversity of that country.