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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online
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Trini Revellers enters the Sultan’s Palace
For its 15th anniversary as a Carnival band, Trini Revellers looks to a rich, historical period in the history of the Ottoman Turks. his year’s presentation is The Sultan’s Palace—the Seraglio.
A release from the band said it will attempt to capture the geography, culture, history, heart and soul of an Empire that had a very rich history in its time, an empire that has left its legacy in the Middle East and Far East. The presentation will be portrayed as a colourful Middle Eastern band.
The band’s sections include the Kadinlar Sultanati, the Hasekis, Sultanas, Janissaries, the Kadins, the Visiers and other aspects of the Empire. Trini Revellers hopes to portray the Kizlar Agha, and the most influential Sultans such as Murad III, Suleyman the Magnificent, Mustafa and Selim.
Most sections will display the harems of women in the Seraglio. Known as Sultanas, the Ikbals, the Odalisques, as the influence of the women in the Seraglio rose in politics and in numbers, from 100 to over 1,000 women.
Trini Revellers can boast of a number of accomplishments. As a medium band in the early years, it won Band of the Year twice, once with Six Days Seven Nights in China. It also won Band of the Year in large category with The Arabian Nights, Conquest of the Indies and Rome—The Empire. After that period, the band placed second on seven occasions in the large band category.
It also captured the Band of the Year (Large) category on a number of occasions in the Downtown Carnival competitions, the last being in 2012 with the presentation Carnival: the Golden Years.
JMC 3Veni has provided live music for Trini Revellers for more than ten years. The band has won Best Instrumental Band on the Road on a number of occasions. 3Veni’s lead singer, KI, won the Chutney Soca Monarch title in 2012.
Other music provided for Trini Revellers includes DJs Production Sounds and Atomic Sounds, The costumes of Trini Revellers’ 2014 presentation The Sultan’s Place—the Seraglio.
Interested in playing with Trini Revellers? Their mas camp is located at 35 Gallus Street, Woodbrook, and can be reached at 625-1881.