Dominica Festivals launches unique elements of Carnival- Real Mas 2023 

Dominica Festivals launched different and unique elements of Carnival- Mas Domnik 2023, dubbed as the Real Mas 2023.

Dominica Festivals launches unique elements of Carnival- Real Mas 2023 
Dominica Festivals launches unique elements of Carnival- Real Mas 2023 

Roseau, Dominica: Dominica Festivals launched different and unique elements of Carnival- Mas Domnik 2023, dubbed as the Real Mas 2023. In order to showcase the vibrant culture, the Nature Isle of the Caribbean highlighted several elements. 

First: Iconic costume

The Sensay is an iconic costume and is found every carnival season. With roots tracing back to West African nations, the costumes are traditionally made with natural fibres from the agave sisalana plant.

Now, they make sensay from crocus bags, banana leaves, frayed ropes and cloth. The costume is typically worn with a full-face mask and bull horns and performers dance along the streets, often intimidating young on-lookers.

Second: The Darkies

The Darkies (also called “Black Devils”) are a common feature of Dominica’s carnival celebrations. Painted head to toe in black, they dance along the street to the rhythm of the lapo kabwit – threatening to “darken up” clean revellers.

Dominica celebrates culture with the Caribbean’s most original Carnival only in Dominica. 

Dominica Festivals also shared the Carnival stories and added that chip to the rhythm of the Lapo Kabwit. Episode 4 of Carnival Stories is here, featuring Dominica’s iconic Lapo Kabwit with Dylan Laudat aka DJ Rio. 

From the beat of the goat-skin drum to the ring of the iron and the call of the conch shell, Dominica’s lapo kabwit is unique in the West Indies. Dive into some of the culture, traditions, and sounds of Dominica’s Carnival as we gear up to celebrate the real mas 2023 – Mas An Lawi.

Building the #culture (literally)! It’s episode 3 of our #Carnival stories mini’s – highlighting aspects of the Caribbean’s most original Carnival!

Today, we’re featuring Ayodele Andrew of Oshé – House of Art, Fashion & Entertainment. Ayodele is a veteran costume designer and builder, creating some of Dominica’s most iconic costumes for pageants and the road. 

Dominica Festivals also outlined elements of the signature event of the Carnival- Sunrise. 

People can get ready for The Real Mas with SunRise, Dominica’s signature carnival fete. The event will brim headlining with the Bouyon King ASA BANTAN, the iconic DJ Outkast, the “Run Wid It’ legend – Killa, Dominica’s Trilla-G, Signal Band, the Fresh Prince of Bouyon REO, Dj Sleem, Unstoppable Shax, Major Mystic and so much more. 

It is powered by Flow – the Official Telecommunications partner of Mas Domnik 2023, Belfast Estate, BB RUM- the Official Rum of Mas Domnik 2023, Josephine Gabriel, Whitchurch, and Express Des Isles.