Many St Maarteners like me, are of mixed heritage. I am of St Maarten- St Lucian descent.
When I first returned to St Maarten in 2009, it was in the middle of Carnival season.
I had no intentions of covering the carnival, I had other priorities- and I had been only used to recording myself dance.
I began shooting carnival in 2009 with two $100 dollar cameras, only about 5 ounces each.
Those videos registered over ten million views, so it is not the camera (although camera quality helps) but the content.
I had the smallest digital cameras, which gave me the chance of diving into the crowd, and getting the best P.O.V. videos, even if they were the most stable content.
Live and learn, the video cameras, quality and content have improved. It is still difficult to do P.O.V without moving the cameras considering how wild the crowds can get.
The first time I heard true Bouyan was in Highschool when the biggest song in our area was “Conch Shell” by the WCK band out of Dominica. We of course had no idea what they were saying, but the beat was unbelievable.
Maybe it’s the Lucian roots, but when I first returned, I started following this truck around, that was playing this weird, surreal beat. When I asked them what type of music it was, they kept telling me “Bouyan”.
Bouyan is a very earthy beat, either you get it or you don’t. Maybe you have to be born with it in your blood.
The above video “2 D Top” by the Xplosion Band, is a good example of Bouyan fusion.
The Xplosion Band seems to be based predominantly in St Maarten, but is made up of many Dominican individuals.
The music and band was so new to me, that I even spelled the name wrong on the videos at first.
It is Xplosion NOT “Explosion”
Anyway enjoy the video