Singer Pluto Shervington along with a parade of Jonkanoos are the main headline attractions in Brooklyn and the Bronx on two consecutive days when the BRAATA Production team entreat entire families with their brand of Caribbean Ole Time Grand Market.
Although Pluto is renowned for his musical prowess, Jonkanoos may be an enigma to new audiences.
Bahamians and Jamaicans have long relished the cultural appreciation of the Akan Ghana tradition. However, with spirited association to devils, demons and tarred performers nationals of Carriacou will relate to the festive tradition some refer to as John Canoe, Junkanoo and Jonkanoo.
Garifuna people too will find the novelty worthy of nostalgia.
Yet the concert treat will headline the reputed Jamaican entertainer acclaimed for delivering politically correct, humorous, old-school reggae.
Again billed to engage children of all ages with relatable Caribbean melodies Pluto guarantees an infusion of island-style Christmas vibe.
Slated to perform on the weekend of Dec. 14, his “Ram Goat,” “Screwface” and “I Man Born Ya” are reminiscent of the music Caribbean revelers relished during the season.
That along with costumed dancers prancing past children to the beat of drums and perhaps a fife or two to deliver authenticity to the tradition, the essence of Ole Time Grand Market will manifest cultural pride as well as stir the spirit of the holiday.
Needless to say, folk singers, craft vendors, parades and alluring treats for the children will be in abundance at Harry Truman High School, 750 Baychester Ave. at Co-op City on Dec. 14 from 5 p.m. The following day, the Park Church Co-op at 129 Russell St. in Brooklyn will be the place to be from 3:30. p.m.
Showtime is 7 pm and 5 pm respectively.
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