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Colorz climbs to higher heights
Having presented The Conquest for Carnival 2013, Colorz Fuh So intends soaring to loftier heights next year with its presentation of Mount Olympus. The Woodbrook mas band hosted its 2014 mas presentation at Lions Cultural Centre, Port-of-Spain, on August 25.
Colorz Fuh So was actually born late May last year and, in its first year in competition copped the Band of the Year (Medium) title, as well as Band of the Day titles on both days for medium bands. At the launch a diverse array of costumes, designed by bandleader Michael Johnson, Brian Chin and Cheryl Celestine were displayed.
About the band’s achievements thus far, band official Gerard Barnes said: “This was validation of our vision of bringing back the creativity aspect into mas.”
Chin, Barnes and Johnson have impressive backgrounds in mas production. Johnson first did mas in Arima, before moving on to Mas Men and Barbarossa, then Trini Revellers. Barnes’ background is “kiddies mas,” Classix Productions being his band, co-produced with Vanessa Forde.
Chin, who has been playing mas since childhood, at the age of ten, brings years of experience to the team, “since the days of Harold Saldenah.”
Come C2K14, Mount Olympus will depict the 12 gods of Greek mythology, presented in ten sections, led by two kings and two queens. The kings will be Clyde Bascombe and Chin, and the queens will be Trecel Frederick and Maegan Nunes.
Said Johnson: “Our target group is all ages; we cater to everyone. Our intention was to to reintroduce costuming in the mas. We don’t like where Carnival is going in terms of today’s skimpiness and nakedness, feathers and beads. It’s a gradual progression, and I thing we are gradually making a difference. From year to year, for the next few years, we should accomplish our mission.”
A look at the costumes reveal a few of the skimpy and some for masqueraders who wish to be partially covered. “We have designed costumes for all, including toga-like outfits for masqueraders who will be supporting the kings and queens on the road.”
Costumes on display also showed some additional detail for male masqueraders. Said Johnson: “It is a deliberate attempt to try to bring men back into mas by offering a proper male costume. These days the men seem to be just satisfied with a short pants and drinks wrist band. However, there are some men who want to be costumed. We are catering to them.”
Registration for Mount Olympus is scheduled to begin at mid-September at the band’s camp, 28 Gatacre Street, Woodbrook. Costumes range, for men, from $2,500, and just over $3,000 for women.
“We are looking at a price range between $2,500 - $3,300, all-inclusive both days,” said Chin.
“We are coming to win the title again in 2014,” ended a confident Chin.
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