The musicians and dancers from the past still permeate cultural memory for one hears stories from this generation about performers who have joined the ancestors:
“When May (May Fortune) dance, that May used to dance! I don’t know if you ever see those turkey cocks when they kawe. When she turn that way, when she turn that way, oh, she used to be graceful.” (Mends, 1984).
[the great dancers] always look like turkey-cock because they look brave,
and you should make motion; you always look like something good to eat
in the ring. It’s beautiful” (L. Duncan, 1983).
“She dances like a top [Ma Tai]. People groan when they see her… was a sweetest dancer… a pleasant dancer. She smiles. She was always happy, always smiling, dancing. She’s not this rough dancer.” (E. Andrews).
Both top and turkey-cock enjoying, they not heating. Lose your time to admire them. If you busy you have to turn back and admire them (L. Duncan, 1983).
The last two comments are by recently retired Chantwells, Estimie Andrews and Lucian Duncan, the former leaders of the two dance ensembles on Carriacou. The great drummers, Sugar Adams ( husband of the former singer/dancer May Fortune), Daniel Aikens, and Caddy Lazarus John, all deceased, have powerful reputations in the history and projection of Big Drum. Winston Fleary has inherited their prowess on the drums and with his comrades keep the tradition alive along with Chantwells Lucian Duncan and Estimie Andrews.