After a three-week trial which gripped the attention of the media and attracted widespread attention among the Turks and Caicos islands population, Cortez Simmons, the son and employee of Carl Simm
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Legacy goes from Trinbago to Rio
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Registration for Trinbago to Rio, Legacy’s C2K13 mas presentation, commences on Tuesday, October 16, at the band’s camp, corner Carlos and Roberts Streets, Woodbrook. For Carnival 2013, Legacy will take masqueraders and spectators alike on a journey from the sweet soca sounds of Trinidad & Tobago to the mesmerising samba rhythms of Rio through its presentation Trinbago to Rio. Legacy’s season kicks off with its band launch on Saturday, October 13, at Katalyst, on Gray Street, St Clair.
Then, costume designs for C2K13 will be unveiled and masqueraders will get the first view of sections such as Bahia Girl, Sambadromo, Ipanema and True Trini, just to name a few “Wherever you may travel, the word ‘Carnival’ immediately brings to mind Trinidad and Tobago or Brazil, or perhaps both,” expounds Legacy bandleader, “Big Mike” Antoine. Fully recovered, having undergone major surgery earlier this year, the veteran mas man, who also produces mas worldwide, added: “Legacy 2013 will feature the beauty and dynamism of these colourful and culturally-rich countries, focusing on the exceptional creativity and fun-loving spirit of our people which is spectacularly staged in our respective Carnivals.”
Antoine, who produces Legacy with his partner Juliet de la Bastide, first won the coveted Band of the Year title in 1999, with a presentation titled Dynasty, under the banner of Legends, in the wake of prominent previous winners like Wayne Berkeley and Peter Minshall. Bringing a new wind of change in mas presentations at competition venues, no doubt influenced by Minshall’s theatrical stagings, Legends achieved the rare feat of scoring a hattrick of victories in ensuing years, presenting Streets of Fire (2000); and, 2001 – Now and Beyond (2001).
Antoine’s designing and organisation skills have brought him fame and fortune beyond our shores. Contracted by Power X4 he assisted producers of the band to present the largest mas band ever seen in Barbados. This success has established Antoine as one of the most sought after costume designers to take T&T mas to foreign climes, like the United Kingdom, Toronto, New York, Boston, Washington, Houston and Miami. Having captured the Uptown Band of the Year title and third place Large Band of the Year in 2012, Antoine expressed thanks to the band’s thousands of masqueraders, and to those who have supported them over the years.
According to Antoine, Legacy’s primary objective is to “continue contributing to the great spectacle that is Trinbago Carnival, ensuring the satisfaction and enjoyment of our masqueraders, offering the perfect blend of fun and revelry, quality and professionalism for a great Carnival experience.” Further information on Legacy’s band launch and 2013 presentation can be obtained from Legacy Mas Camp, (362-5959, 622-7466), or by logging on to www.legacycarnival.com or Facebook page “Legacy Carnival”.