COUSOUMEH 4 - THE SOUND OF A VILLAGE
The Cousoumeh Festival
Now onto its fourth edition, The Annual Cousoumeh Festival has restored the art of festival to its purist origins. Music and art festivals in Trinidad and Tobago have undergone a transformation in the last few decades that have forced patrons to focus on the color of their wristbands and the pop-culture fashion trends. Rather than showcasing the artistic genius that flourishes throughout the island, the arts and culture of our people has rapidly spiraled into a state of mediocrity that threatens our very identity. The vibrant and compelling sound of the Cousoumeh Festival has emerged as a breath of fresh air for both patrons and aficionados of the arts alike.
Our festival has a multilayered agenda which aims to combine all the elements necessary for the expansion of heritage restoration and community development.
A parallel and equally important mandate of our agenda is to produce and present an authentic musical experience using a highly sophisticated instrument - the Steelpan. With all of its dynamic complexities, the Steelpan has been heralded globally as the only instrument created in the 21st Century, thus becoming the symbol of validation for the evolution of art and self.
As the foremost ambassador of this evolving festival, bold visionary and steelpan extraordinaire, Akinola Sennon, has sought to materialize the vision of an enduring and sustainable art form. He is widely regarded as a pioneer of the ideology that steelpan does in fact possess and embody the core attributes of our identity, from which all aspects of our culture can be traced. For in essence, the steel pan encompasses dance, tambu bamboo, stick fighting, Kaiso, the drum, and has even influenced socio-political trends.
The Deltones Institute holds the innate belief that through the medium of self-awareness and heritage reclamation, music festivals and like minded initiatives can be catalysts for enabling meaningful change. The Cousoumeh Festival embodies family, community, resilience and ownership. This festival has the potential to restore the stately history and integrity of a community that has known the heights of greatness and that continues to give birth to leaders in artistic innovation.