selection of songs to perform on stage was the first
initial step and after much discussion and elimination
we finally short listed 5 songs which were 'Umboza',
'Kings of the Wild Frontier', 'Running Bear', 'The
Warrior Song', and 'Hungry like a Wolf'.
The maximum time allocated was 8
and a half minutes, these songs were edited accordingly
to fit within this timescale taking into account
the removal of props and scenery on the stage.
With an energetic performance in
mind, early rehearsals were essential. In order
to produce a polished and professional finish
we commenced our stage rehearsals in early May.
A total of 27 carnivalites performed
for a duration of two weeks, some dressed as Big
Indian Chiefs, others as Indian Squaws, all dancing
singing and playing drums to the upbeat music.
And although they came of stage puffing and panting,
out of breath and exhausted, the smile and satisfaction
on their faces showed that the hard work and commitment
which was contributed over the five month period
was well worth it.