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Caribbean Design and Musique on Bertin Square

The cultural exchange organized by John Chalon alias Shazi kept all its promises

There was a crowd on Bertin Square to view the fashion and to listen to the performance by DN5 Orchestra. The first part of the sow was consecrated to the music. The group’s lead singer put the fire to the great joy of the public and the St. Lucia community that was well represented. The crowd jumped and danced to the Soca and calypso beats. The second part of the show helped one to discover who Shazi really was. This began with choreography by dancers who lead one to discover carnival wear, then the designer left us to appreciate his creations. Close to 100 designs were presented to the public by the ravishing models. At the evening’s session, male fashion was also presented for the delight of the ladies.

The design is often rich, colored, very easy to wear, sometimes enticing.

A knowledgeable mixture of colors is the product of a cultural inter-crossing, “an afro-Caribbean having lived in New York”. It is the city that John Chalon followed his training in design, which permitted him to launch his own line “Shazi”.

In 1999, upon his return to his native island, he opened his sewing atelier in Castries. He increased his fashion parades and shows, which was influenced by African and Caribbean culture, in Saint Lucia and in many Caribbean islands after the presentation of the designs, the orchestra and “sousoune manman” made the crowd dance to the rhythms which were more stirring. The public was overjoyed, the ambiance was good and the weather was fine at Bertin Square. The dancers, who showed us the steps to the sound of the drums, presented another aspect of the St. Lucian music to us. The link to our traditional dances was easy to make. Our two islands are geographically and were subjected to the same cultural influences at the time of the various colorisations. Apart from the difference in language, there aren’t great differences between them and Shazi brings them together.

Translated By Alliance Francaise
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