For the love of Nzimbe (Sugarcane)!

Another Year - Another Leeds West Indian Carnival 2017

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I can't believe how quickly the year has gone by - carnival fever is gripping the streets of Leeds with posters going up here, there and everywhere around Chapeltown, Leeds. This year, 2017 marks 50th anniversary of the event. 

What's all the fuss about - For my wife it is all about 'nzimbe' or sugarcane for those not familiar with the sophisticated vernacular language of my Mashona people.  I remember the one year where we literally went to the carnival for a whole 15 minutes. We left the house in the with the sole purpose of going to buy some. it was around the time we were expecting the birth of our son.

Sugarcane - if you have never tried some you don't know how sweet life can be... #nopun intended...actually - every #pun intended.

Sugarcane - if you have never tried some you don't know how sweet life can be... #nopun intended...actually - every #pun intended.

We hopped into the car, drove, parked, got out headed straight for the sugar cane and back home again. No turn left or right. Like the monopoly card ' GO TO JAILGo directly to Jail, do not pass GoDo not collect $200!" or you could say 'takafamibira chimwe semutyayiri weAmbulance"...

Sun kissed

Sun kissed

As for me, I enjoy story telling what I see. The connections between people in the community, the joy, laughter, odd fight, odd arrest, odd moments of 'over excitement' of some and the parade itself.

There is always one or maybe two over excitable people.

There is always one or maybe two over excitable people.

Last year I headed out armed with my trusty old Nikon D700 and 50mm lens. Nearly a year on, as we lead up to Leeds 2017 West Indies Carnival, I thought I'd share some of my favourite photographs from 2016 carnival. I have since parted ways with my much beloved Nikon and all my lenses so this collection goes out to my first pro grade 9 year old camera. I got it second hand as a well used machine. I loved it - after all it was brand new to me. As I reflect - I learnt that it is not the latest, expensive kit that enables one to take great pics, it is the camera in your hand. 

Why do you attend Carnival? 

#CARNIVALHAPPY #LEEDSCARNIVAL2017 #LEEDS CARNIVAL 2016