Soka Tribe is Your Caribbean Carnival Connection

Soka Tribe is the authority on Caribbean carnival, from sharing its histories and traditions, to keeping you plugged into the global carnival community, to curating paths to experience it for yourself.

Founded in 2015, we introduce people to Caribbean carnival culture through dance fitness classes, organized trips, public and private performances, extracurricular programming, and engaging presentations.

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Our Mission

Our aim to increase the global awareness and appreciation for Caribbean Carnival culture through entertainment and education.

Our Core Values

Consistency | Authenticity | Community

Cultural Sensitivity | Freedom

 

Our Founder :Sokanista

Shermica “Sokanista” Farquhar founded Soka Tribe to reconnect with her culture and share it with others. A self-described “carnival junkie,” the Brooklyn-born Trinidadian has played mas all over the world, beginning with her hometown and the mas band her family ran for over a decade.

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Chief Jaz & Chief Jen

Meet The Team:

Director & Chief Jaz

Jazelle Hunt is a New Jersey-raised Trinidadian, Washington D.C. transplant, and proud Howard University alumna.. Jazelle joined Soka Tribe in its first year and became a Soka Tribe Chief in Summer 2017. When Jazelle isn't leading class and showcasing her noteworthy wine, she's leading other Soka Tribe initiatives and writing!

Chief Jen

Jennifer Thomas is a NYC-born, Miami raise Haitian who has been dancing all her life an joined the Soka Tribe world in 2016. Since then she has become a Soka Tribe Chief bringing blasts of energy and her signature "wwee" to every class!

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Saahir & Shauna

Saahir Brewington

Saahir is a native Washingtonian and carnivalista starting at Cropover and most recently Trinidad. She is a Soka Tribe veteran starting in 2015 and rising to team captain. Saahir holds us together with her awesome project management skills, caring touch and wicked waistline-not necessarily in that order!

 

Shauna Riguad

Shauna is a PhD Candidate at George Mason University. Boston born but raised in Barbados, her research centers issues of the caribbean and its diaspora. Shauna joined the Soka Tribe Convoy in 2018 and has expanded her role to amplify the impact of our cultural educational programming! JOIN A CLASS