If you have ever wanted to experience what it is like to have your eyes water from euphoria or to have your heart burst with national pride then you need to watch the latest visual release from Freetown Collective and DJ Private Ryan.
The Trinidad-based sextet (Freetown Collective) blessed us with a pore-raising, heart-swelling track with “Feel the Love” for this year’s carnival season, and over the weekend they gifted soca fans with the accompanying video. The visuals, directed by Miquel Galofré and produced by DJ Private Ryan, has already amassed over 100K views on YouTube.
Not only has Galofré and the creative team been able to capture the picturesque landscape of the twin-island Republic, but they also highlighted the signature elements of Trinidad & Tobago’s carnival such as the crossing of the judging stage, J’ouvert parties, moko jumbies, and steel pan shows.
The beauty of the video, however, lies in the portrayal of love through images of couples kissing while partying, strangers dancing together like relatives, and parents enjoying the carnival festivities with their children.
“Feel The Love” music video is like a meal for carnival lovers to feast on, especially with the 2020 carnival experience affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when the future of carnivals in the region is uncertain, Freetown Collective has curated a piece of art that serves as a reminder that carnival celebrations should be highly valued.
While this is a song produced in Trinidad and Tobago by brothers of the soil, it has transcended national boundaries to bring Caribbean people together, regardless of race, creed, or age.
We cannot glorify the music video without commending the performance of the young girl in the green dress, who, in a mere six seconds, captured the feeling of unbridled joy we all experience on ‘jump up’ day. She effectively portrayed the happiness experienced when Caribbean people take to the streets to celebrate our music, our culture, and our festival.
As West Indians, we count ourselves lucky to be part of a “blessed tribe” consisting of millions of revellers from around the world.