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The Peeny Wallie Mas Story: Curating an Intimate Carnival Experience

Have you ever wondered what it takes to start a successful carnival mas band? If so, tune into this episode to listen to our conversation with Erica of Peeny Wallie Mas, and their former assistant, Cheyenne of Cocoa Sky Designs. Their stories of personal growth and communal triumphs are sure to resonate with both Carnival aficionados and novices.

The episode is filled with personal tales and cultural reflections. Hear how Erica’s Jamaican-American roots led her to the discovery and subsequent love affair with Jamaica’s Carnival, and how Cheyenne’s leap from modeling to mas-making not only changed her life but enriched the Carnival experience for others.

Listening Time: 53 Minutes, 28 Seconds

Special Guests: Erica & Cheyenne

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We delve into the nitty-gritty of what it takes to build a boutique mas band from the ground up, reveling in the stories behind the costumes, the attention to detail, and the passion that goes into curating an intimate Carnival experience tailored to each participant. 

Moreover, the episode highlights the challenges and triumphs of entrepreneurship within the Carnival industry. It acknowledges the importance of starting somewhere, the willingness to continuously learn, and the indispensable value of resourcefulness. From the intricate process of creating mas from scratch to the cultural significance of storytelling, the episode paints a picture of dedication and passion that fuels the Carnival’s creative engine.

From hearing the Peeny Wallie Mas story, we are reminded that the Caribbean Carnival culture is an ever-evolving entity, with each year bringing new challenges and opportunities for innovation. It is a living, breathing culture that thrives on the contributions of individuals who are deeply connected to their heritage. The episode is an invitation to celebrate the creativity, heritage, and unyielding spirit that define the Caribbean Carnival culture, and to immerse oneself in the stories and sounds that shape this exhilarating tradition.

Caribbean Carnivals are a testament to the power of cultural celebration to bring people together and inspire a sense of collective identity. They are  events where creativity flourishes, and personal narratives intertwine with communal histories. This podcast episode serves as a vibrant reminder of the rich cultural legacy that is carried forward by each feather placement and each Soca riddim, ensuring that the spirit of Carnival continues to captivate hearts for generations to come.

Carnival is more than just a party—it’s a platform for personal evolution and cultural expression.

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