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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Sando Carnival launched at Skinner Park

Mayor of San Fernando Marlene Coudray poses with the members
 of Ballerz and Associates
 Carnival band “Sundance Spectacle”
at Sunday’s launch of San Fernando Carnival.
Heavy rainfall which resulted in sodden grounds at Skinner Park did not dampen the launch of San Fernando Carnival on Sunday. Mayor Marlene Coudray, who officially launched festivities praised San Fernandians for staying in the city and making the 2011 celebrations a success. “I want to thank you all for keeping the celebrations alive in San Fernando,” she said. “You can easily migrate to Port-of-Spain like so many others but you have chosen to stay here and bring proper bands for Carnival in San Fernando.” Coudray said the Corporation is working to make Carnival better in San Fernando. Sunday’s event featured booths with displays by 17 bands, as well as live performances by calypsonians Niko, Brian London and Lady Adanna. Joshua Hinds, the 2011 National Arts Festival Primary School Junior Calypso Monarch also performed admirably before a festive crowd. However, the biggest hit of the evening was reigning Young Kings Calypso Monarch Benjai who had patrons dancing along to his 2011 hits, “Trini” and “Wine to the Side.” Ivan Kalicharan, winner of San Fernando Band of the Year 2011 title, filled the Skinner Park stage with costumes from his 2012 presentation, “We Going Carnival”. J’Ouvert band Ballerz and Associates also displayed costumes from their presentation, “We Walking the Plank”. Providing pan music were top San Fernando bands, Skiffle Bunch and Fonclaire.
Kevon Felmine
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Tuesday, 8 November 2011


This video is coverage of K2K's Carnival Presentation hosted at Saute Trinbago, September 25th 2011. K2K released their best kept secret, unveiling 8 strong carnival sections for their new band - one that mixes elements of fashion with mas. Their theme for 2012 is 'The Waters.'

For more information on the band see their website at: or join them on facebook. We are excited to have been there to witness the presentation and are excited to share these amazing moments with you. Thank you K2K for sharing.
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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Trini Revellers out to capture top honours in 2012

If Sunday’s launch of Trini Reveller’s 2012 Carnival presentation, Carnival The Golden Years at the Anchorage in Chaguaramas is anything to go by, the band may be very hard to beat for the Large Band of the Year (BOTY) 2012 title.
A level of excitement pervaded the venue following the presentation of costumes. Patrons were very pleased with what they saw and the concept behind the band’s presentation. Trini Revellers will be acknowledging the work of several mas bandleaders for their outstanding contribution and dedication to Carnival, especially during what they consider to be the Golden Years.”

As such, the band will turn back the hands of time and attempt to recapture the glory and moments of those Golden Years. According to the leaders of the band, the accolades to these bandleaders can only be appreciated by re-visiting the glorious moments of their winning performances.

To the Trini Revellers’ Committee, the latter half of the 20th century can be aptly considered as “the Golden Years;” the breathtaking presentations of Wayne Berkeley, Harold Saldenah, George Bailey, Stephen Lee Heung, Irvin McWilliams and Peter Minshall can be considered the climax of the Golden Years of Carnival, as evidenced by their supremacy over the decades, each winning several “Band of the Year” titles. 

Trini Revellers' head honcho, Jeff Gillette, left, with former Poison bandleader Michael Headley
 at the launch of Revellers' 2012 presentation, Carnival "The Golden Years."
On the streets of Port-of-Spain for Carnival 2012, Trini Revellers intend to bring history to life when they present some 12 sections, mainly depicting winning presentations of the past which captured the hearts and minds of spectators.At the launch on Sunday, receiving tumultuous applause was the adaptation of George Bailey’s Bright Africa (1969), as well as the section El Dorado, City of Gold, Harold Saldenah’s winning 1968 presentation. 

Other sections that delighted patrons included Secrets of the Sky (Wayne Berkeley, 1973), China the Forbidden City (Stephen Lee Heung, 1967), Amazonia (Masmen, 1982) and the angels and archangels of Paradise Lost (designed by Peter Minshall for Stephen Lee Heung, 1976). 

Also on display were Swan Lake (Wayne Berkeley, 1991), The Wonders of Buccoo Reef (Irvin McWilliams, 1971), Les Bijoux (Wayne Berkeley, 1982), Picoplat ( Peter Minshall , 2002), Savage (Fun Lovers Incorporated, 1988) and Snow Kingdom (John Humphrey, 1966)

Mac Farlane in search of ‘Sanctification’

Crime, violence and the state of emergency were the inspiration behind Brian Mac Farlane’s 2012 presentation, Sanctification...In Search of.
Known for his lavish launches over the years, Mac Farlane, who this year opted for the confines of his Rosalino Street, Woodbrook mas camp for the launch of his 2012 presentation, didn’t skimp on theatrics, and in true Mac Farlane style, the five-time band of the year winner gave patrons a vivid representation of what next year’s presentation represents.

Mac Farlane held the attention of patrons for a little over half an hour as he dramatically unfolded Sanctification and vividly depicting good versus evil. Mac Farlane, emerged from a hole in the stage, and appeared as if he was emerging from the centre of the earth. And after tugging and fighting with a deathly and wicked looking character representing evil and trying to yearn towards a figure in white representing good, Mac Farlane was eventually “set free,” and was able to unveil the ten sections of Sanctification – “Aphotic” (Having no light, Darkness), “Luxuria” (Self Indulgent, Sexual Desire, Lust – One of the Deadly Sins), “Annihilation” (Destruction of Life, War, Murder); “Hades” (Ruler of the Underworld); “Salacious” (Lustful, Obscene, Grossly Indecent; “Lecherous” (Erotically Suggestive, Inciting to Lust); “Sheol” (Departed Spirits, Lost Souls), “Benevolence” (Goodwill, Desire to do Good); “Jubilation” (Celebration, Joy or Exultation) and “Patrioteer” (Flag Waver, Lover of Country, Loyalist). 
Brian Mac Farlane emerges from a hole in the middle of the stage
during a theatrical presentation
 which was part of the launch of his 2012 Carnival presentation
In Search Of held on Sunday at his mas camp,
 Rosalino Street, Woodbrook.

Unlike other Carnival bands, Mac Farlane’s launch did not feature models presenting costumes and patrons had to settle for sketches of characters in red, white and black.

Mac Farlane, who said he almost didn’t bring out a band for 2012, said next year, his revellers will be clothed in cotton as he has done away with all the fancy materials and trimmings. The band will feature the colours of Trinidad and Tobago’s national flag, red, white and black, with the red representing blood, black, the darkness and white, unity.

Sanctification...In Search Of is the final installment of a trilogy of presentations which began in 2010 with his presentation Resurrection and continued this year with Humanity Circle of Life.
source: newsday
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