Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre

Our Restaurant "FIREFLY" serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, on Thursday evening we also have live entertainment by the "Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre". A beautiful show with traditional costumes featuring the old time days of Anguilla, with our show is a very tasty Anguillian Buffett. Dinner begins at 7:15 show at 7:45. Cost per adult US$45.00, children under 12 are half price and under 3 are Free, plus 15% service charge.

The Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre group is one of Anguilla's longest-serving cultural heritage organisations. It comprises a caste of dedicated male and female performers who, after being on stage for many years, still continue to entertain and thrill residents and visitors alike with their narrations, songs, music and dance of Anguilla's glorious cultural past.

The group was formed in 1972 by Methodist Minister, the Reverend Ruben Telemaque, his wife, (Brenda) and Julian Harrigan, then a social worker. It was later named The Anguilla Choral Circle.

A few months after the formation of the group, cultural performances were organised by a section of the organisation which was eventually called the Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre in honour of Anguilla's forebears who came from Mayoumba Village in Africa.

"Keeping our folksongs and dance alive is a major undertaking,". "Many locals believe that traditional music, song and dance are out of 'style' and should be confined to the history books." But, for Mr. Harrigan, and the rest of the performers in the group, there is every reason to keep the tradition alive. "The International Folk Music Council defined folk music as the product of a musical tradition that has evolved through the process of oral transmission.' The Council goes on to state that the term can be applied to music which has evolved from rudimental beginnings by a community uninfluenced by popular art music. It can likewise be applied to music which has originated with an individual composer, and has subsequently been absorbed into the unwritten living tradition of a community.

"The term does not cover composed music that has been taken over by a community without modification, as it is the re-fashioning and re-creation of the music by the community that gives it its folk character."

Mr. Harrigan states that this applied to the folksongs of Anguilla which had been passed on from mothers to children. "Research in local folksongs has been done by members of the Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre and the discovery was made that many senior citizens could only remember one verse of some folksongs. This meant that in order to have a decent length song, medleys were created telling similar stories, but different compositions."

The Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre has travelled extensively, informing other countries and people about Anguilla, its history and culture. The group has visited and performed in St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Eustatius, Saba, St. Kitts, Santo Domingo, Guadeloupe, Curacao, Trinidad, Mexico, England, Holland and the United States of America.

MAYOUMBA Flier 2012