The Yoruba-influenced Ifa/Orisa belief system is still practised in more than fifty shrines across Trinidad and Tobago. In these sacred places, ancient African songs and drum rhythms are preserved; in some of them, our national instrument, the steelpan was cradled.
How are African Americans and Trinidad & Tobago connected? Through the Merikins, former enslaved from North America who earned their freedom by fighting with the British in the 1812-1815 war.
The history and heritage of Africans are all over the city of Port of Spain; you just have to know where to find them! In downtown Port of Spain , we will show you where the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1834
The Africans were enslaved, but they never accepted it. Resistance to enslavement was constant; running away a common method. Africans ran to the hills and established their own societies called ‘maroon’ communities.
The African presence is strong in Tobago! The influence of our African heritage is present in everything from food, to music, dances and folk traditions.
The ocean is important to the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Our culture is diverse, influenced by Africa, India, Europe and Indigenous peoples. For many of us, going to the beach is a ritual. It is cleansing, rejuvenating and also spiritual.
Created in the Congo in the 1970s, Kwaassa Kwaasa is a joyful dance that celebrates freedom and encourages you to put aside the stresses of life.