New carnival 2010 tunes by Busy Signal leaked via his twitter account:
Neither the death of its greatest supporter, nor the financial problems and the official cancelation, nor the highjacking of an airplane at the same weekend were able to stop Jamaicans to celebrate a colourful mas with lots of soca music last weekend. Bacchanal Jamaica took place against great odds – it seems like the spirit of the late founder and supporter of the Jamaican carnival, Byron Lee, lives on and made this possible.
There were performances from the likes of Alison Hinds, Destra Garcia, Imij & Co. and Denise “Saucy Wow” Belfon on the Bacchanal stage.
Some beautiful photos can be found on toronto-lime [click!].
The Jamaica Carnival 2009 is the latest victim of the global financial crisis: the cancelation of the event that was about to happen next weekend (April 17-19) is now confirmed!
According to the organisation committee, 80% of Jamaica Carnival events depend heavily on sponsors and financial support. Due to the financial crisis it proofed impossible to raise enough funds for this year’s carnival. Furthermore the Jamaican Carnival has lost its founder and one of its strongest supporters in person of Byron Lee who died recently.
The next Jamaica Carnival is scheduled for 2011.
Sources: BBC, The Lime