Gombeys To Do Short Performances Today

January 1, 2021

The island’s iconic Gombeys are expected to be out from 12 noon to 10pm today [Jan 1], offering short, physically-distanced performances in various small neighbourhoods to help welcome in the New Year.

It has been a longstanding tradition that the Gombeys perform on New Year’s Day, and the Government previously noted that the Gombey troupes worked with Government to agree on a plan for New Year’s Day, in order to provide performances while also keeping the public safe from the spread of Covid-19.

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The Government previously said, “The troupes have agreed to forego their usual large performances in public places or marching along public roads where crowds will gather and follow. Instead, they will offer short, physically-distanced pop-up performances in various small neighbourhoods throughout New Year’s Day.

“The troupes will perform on New Year’s Day, between 12 noon and 10.00 p.m., in groups no larger than 10, and no spectators will be allowed within 12 feet of the performers. Spectators must wear masks and keep six feet apart from each other. This will be enforced by marshals provided by the Gombeys as well as security provided by the Government.

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“If the public does not adhere to these guidelines, the troupes have committed to immediately stopping their performance so any crowd will disperse. The troupes will be moving into and out of the neighbourhoods in vehicles, rather than by foot, to discourage any spectators from following.”

Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports Dr. Ernest Peets said, “I would like to commend the five troupes – Gombey Evolution, Gombey Warriors, H&H Gombeys, Place’s New Generation Gombeys, and Warwick Gombey Troupe – for being community leaders in how they’ve developed this plan and worked with Government to ensure the safety of our people.

“This has been a difficult year for us all, and cultural practices such as gombey performances on New Year’s Day are vital to collectively uplifting our spirits as a community. I am grateful to the troupes for helping to prove that there are ways, even given the restrictions around gatherings, to keep our traditions intact.”

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  1. Real Deal says:

    many don’t know the hidden history and knowledge hidden inside the Gombeys and many have not even figure out what they are drawn to the beat.

  2. Curious says:

    Would it be possible to get further details about locations and times?