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NY Brooklyn J’Ouvert a shell of former self

Harmony Music Makers at J’Ouvert 2022Harmony Music Makers at J’Ouvert 2022

Brooklyn, New York, USA - It was like a scene from “I Am Legend” the Will Smith movie. And coming out of a global pandemic that is indeed a little too close for comfort. Complete desolation. No bands, no spectators, no pan, no rhythm [riddim], no sound, no music - only a sprinkling of police every 20 feet or so, as far as the eyes could see, along the route between Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue, and Grand Army Plaza and Flatbush - the starting point of the J’Ouvert celebrations. What was I missing? Not even one wayward or late Jab Jab.

There was lots of oil, paint, and powder splattered all over the street. Normally, this was more than enough evidence that a J’Ouvert band or occurrence had come through the area.


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