The Blue Devils at Canboulay 2014
One of the highlights for me at Carnival in Trinidad, is seeing the Blue Devils or Jabs of Paramin come alive. It’s a treat, and real joy to come face-to-face with one of these seemingly scary and possessed creatures. There’s the entertainment aspect of it, also the commercial, but deeper than that, there’s something more authentic in this artform, maybe the most authentic and sublime element of Carnival still existing.
Like the mountains of Jamaica, that gave rise to the sound of Bob Marley. The hillsides of Paramin, are steeped with a heritage uniquely Trinidadian and profoundly beautiful. Learn more about the Blue Devils in director Janine Fung’s awesome documentary, Blue Devils of Paramin (see below).
"A group of well-dressed young men vie for the attention of a young lady, and soon learn her affection is won by a kind gesture, and a bit of cleverness.
In collaboration with Johannesburg based fashion gurus, Boys of Soweto, this fashion inspired film highlights the suave gentlemen decorum of the group as well as their clear sense of style. The film was shot in one day in Soweto.”
Not only does this display the impeccable taste and style of these gentlemen, but it also shows off the skills of Meja L. Shoba, the lady behind the camera. Shoba is a filmmaker from Johannesburg, South Africa, specializing in producing narrative films and documentaries.