The historical roots of the Manchester Carnival lie in Trinidad where the first caribbean carnival was held in 1833. Before this date, black slaves had been forbidden by law to take part in their master’s European easter carnivals, or even to gather on the streets after nightfall.
When these laws were repealed in 1833 and freedom from slavery was announced black Caribbean’s took to the streets for their own carnival party with song, dance and costumes that reflected both their own cultures and satirised their ex-masters.
When the first significant numbers of West Indian immigrants began to leave the Caribbean in the 1950s they took with them their musical traditions. In 1972 a group of mostly St Kits & Nevis and Trinidadian Eastern Caribbean immigrants decided to throw an impromptu carnival procession through the streets of their Manchester neighbourhood. This is recognised as the first Manchester Caribbean Carnival. Less than a hundred people were present; but, although small in scale the first ever Manchester carnival was an important moment in the history of black britons and Mancunians.
Tabitha is a current R ‘n’ B, Soul and Afro Beats emerging artist from Manchester who is keen to support Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2018 with a performance. Tabitha has a new release coming out for 2019 with Manchester based rapper Prido. Keep an eye out for Tabitha’s new work from 24th February.
If you would like to sponsor the carnival, please use the carnival’s contact page to get in touch.
Torino Jackson is in a collective called MPGMobb.
Torino’s Genre R ‘n B, Reggae, Hip Hop and D ‘n’ B.
Bio: Torino is a singer, song writer born and bread in Manchester’s Moss Side. Torino started singing, rapping and MC’ing at a very young age. Torino feels growing up in Moss Side restricts the opportunities for young musicians to establish a name. Torino was no ordinary kid though. Torino independently pushed his music out to the streets of Manchester. Keep an eye for this inspiring young independent local artist. Follow Torino to listen to his current release on iTunes and look forward to his second EP release.