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Tribe’s Lavway is a love letter to Carnival

Loop | Laura Dowrich-Phillips | February 6, 2021

In the film Lavway, Our Story, Valmiki Maharaj has produced a love letter to Carnival.

The film, which will be shown via CNC3 on Valentine’s night, which would have been Carnival Sunday, is Tribe’s way of honouring “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

Maharaj, Creative Director of The Lost Tribe, is the brainchild of the production.

He likened it to a love letter to Carnival as the band embarks on a “Dear Carnival” campaign in which masqueraders are urged to express in writing their love for the festival.

He told Loop News that the initial concept was a stage production in the vein of Broadway meets Trinidad Carnival.

Carnival film ‘Lavway’ premières tonight

Jamaica Gleaner | February 14, 2021

It’s Carnival Sunday in Trinidad and Tobago, but owing to the coronavirus pandemic, absent are the usual preparations for the two-day Carnival road march. Instead, work for another type of production is under way, the première of carnival film Lavway.

“It’s very different to our regularly scheduled programming,” said Valmiki Maharaj, creative director of TRIBE Group and director of The Lost Tribe, with a laugh. “Normally, we would be neck-deep in road preparations. Sunday was to make sure any masquerader issue was dealt with and that everyone was happy and fully prepped to be on the road.”

The film by The Lost Tribe, TRIBE Group, and Ultimate Events, with the support of Carib Beer, shows what many already know: Carnival is much more than an event.


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