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Nature’s Touch in Zen
It was a grand and impressive affair last Sunday when Legacy launched its Carnival 2014 mas band Nature’s Touch...Tribute to Brian MacFarlane, at Club Zen, Keate Street, Port-of-Spain.
With upper Pembroke Street blocked to vehicular traffic, guests were greeted on the roadway by traditional Carnival characters and the pulsating sounds of Laventille Rhythm Section before entering the venue.
Inside the remodelled Club Zen guests were served hors d’ourves and premium liquors and cocktails. Seen at the pre-launch cocktail reception were Minister of Arts & Multiculturalism Lincoln Douglas; Justice Minister Emmanuel George; former president George Maxwell Richards and Dr Jean Ramjohn Richards; former chief justice Michael de la Bastide; German ambassador Stefan Schluter; Philippines counsel Dr Marie Advani; and other members of diplomatic corps. Also in attendance were bandleaders, including Dean Akin (Tribe); Wrenwick Brown (Splash the Mas Band); Godfrey Enile of Showtime Trinidad; and JP Pouchet of Passion; as well as show promoters Frank Martineau (Spektakula Promotions), Clive Maingot (YMG), and soca artiste Blackie.
The actual presentation of costumes was hosted by former Rolls Royce Inernational Disco emcee/DJ Big C, specially flown in from New York for the occasion. He was assisted by Legacy co-leader “Big Mike” Antoine and band official Mahindra Satram-Maharaj. A video of Antoine giving some background into Nature’s Touch preceded a performance by the drummers and dancers from Malick Folk Performers and Shiv Shakti.
The presentation’s second segment featured costumes inspired by Brian Mac Farlane. I would have liked to see some more “MacFarlanesque” costumes. Perhaps by Carnival 2014 more will be added to the overall presentation? Costumes designed by Antoine ended the masquerade aspect of the launch, and some of the exotically named sections were Volcanic Fire, Beneath the Waves, Earth’s Treasures and The Big Bang.
As the models, including runway diva Soowan Bramble, exited the stage, yet another segment offered a live performance by Caribbean Traffik Jam, featuring vocalist Stephen Marcelle, 2013 Young Kings Monarch. As usual, the band sounded well-rehearsed and coordinated although there’s need for some work on fine-tuning its frontline.
One could see from the overall hosting of the launch that meticulous and well-coordinated planning went into the preparation for the event. Co-bandleader Juliet de la Bastide said many sleepless nights went into pulling off the launch.
For the first time in more than a decade Antoine passed up on being in Miami, USA, for carnival celebrations there last weekend, to be here for his Legacy launch.
Registration at the Legacy mas camp in Woodbrook began last Wednesday and the public’s response thus far has been overwhelming.
Sticking with Carnival 2014 band launches, yet another is scheduled to be held tomorrow, at 9 pm at Issa’s Restaurant & Bar (formerly Kavemar), at 103 Henry Street, Port-of-Spain. Splash is launching Elements, with music by DJs Mr Q, Earth Sound and Cutting Crew.
Though not a mas band launch, Paparazzi Carnival will be hosting its annual cooler cruise—TanLines—on Sunday aborad the Harbour Master. Boarding is at 9 am at the Econo Car Rentals pier (next to Peakes), Western Main Road, Cocorite. With the Paparazzi Girls in bikinis aboard, music will be by DJs Merry Perry and Niko.
Tickets are still available at Paparazzi Carnival camp, 22 Murray Street, Woodbrook; Até Logo stores, Grand Bazaar and Trincity Mall; or by calling Ajala Pilgrim 391-6991; Cecelia Gittens 730-6608; Gerelle Forbes 290-5864; Harrison Phillips 360-2159; Jarel Antoine 788-3919; Jason Dottin 757-1268; Nerissa Wright 341-3523; Nikeisha Joseph 752-9148; Ornella Moreau 350-7583; Rajiv Suratsingh 684-2663; Rondell Sealey 390-8978; Stefan Allard 779-3703; Ukeba Simmons 306-0763; Rachel Baptiste 339-0064; or, Paul Affonso 467-4804.
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