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Friday, November 24, 2006

Machel dropped a new tune today!

So as I was driving to work I heard Allan from 96.1 FM announce that they would be dropping a new Machel this morning! Excited to get to work and put out the bulletin that bloggers should tune in to station I got in office, logged on , checked my blog and then the net went down! Damn TSTT because DSL service was only now restored and I am back online.

Well, I heard the new Machel and 96.1 has been playing it all day so tune in and you are sure to hear it before the day is out. My first impression is that the song is sort of slow, not road march material but I am loving it!! They also debuted the new Patrice and Zan which is called "Till Tomorrow", that one I don't like too much because it sounds a bit too much like R&B and less like soca.

The name of the new Machel song is "One more Time" from his album for 2007 entitled "Machel Montano H.D. - High Definition".

Costume Resale Market Heating Up!

I must say, business at Carnival Junction started early this year with advertisements for "costumes wanted" out numbering those actually for sale. However, as we are coming to the end of November I am seeing more and more costumes listed to be sold. Can you imagine what will happen in December and January when people realise they cannot make it to Trinidad or that some unexpected expense came up or that they are pregnant!? And with sections still open in bands I think sales on costumes won't be as lucrative until the bands are completely sold out....if ever!

Tribe's Majorette, Jab Jab and Dame Lorraine are some of the latest costumes to go on the market with Island People's Mirage, Oasis and even Goddess and Defenders listed earlier this month. I also like reading people's reasons for selling their costumes, well at least those who give a reason; the young lady who is selling her Goddess costume says "I have already made the deposit of $150 US and decided to play w/another band." I wonder which band she is going to be playing with now?

Then there are those who want to exchange sections, which as we all know if very difficult to do at the mas camp since most bands have a strict rule against this. One person has a Jewel of the Nile costume and is looking for a Sacred Sand, what is interesting is that she does not care about sizes and has this to say:"I have a deposit on a Jewel of the Nile backline...But I'm loving Sacred Sand and would like to exchange...don't worry about sizes...I can make it work." And someone else wants to exchange a Bat frontline for Majorette because "My little sister is playing in Majorette and I need to exchange to keep an eye on her." personally, I would keep the Bat frontline costume but let's hope the little sister does not read the advertisement and see that she will be closely monitored for Carnival.

Even over at Harts' on their Notice Board costumes are listed for sale, though I cannot understand why someone would buy a costume on the "for sale" listing when the sections are still open for registration like Xen and Olympus! I have to say, I do like Harts Notice Board idea, not taking anything away from Carnival Junction, but it is nice to see that they offer a section where their masqueraders can post costumes for sale instead of using another website. Additionally, I know you can put your costume up for sale at TRIBE's mas camp, just call them and give them the details and they will try to match a buyer to a seller when enquiries come in for costumes wanted.

It's going to be fascinating to watch this trend over the next few months, one of the caveats of registering early I guess, but it also makes it easier for those who wait last minute to get their costume. In closing, for all those purchasing costumes please ask for some sort of letter/email from the seller stating that the the costume was sold to you, contact the mas camp with this information and have the registration changed to your name. I know people who sold their costumes this year, did not update the mas camp and collected TLC cards that were really due to the person who bought the costume, so it is important to get this information sorted out....and, you really don't want some unscrupulous person showing up on collection day, paying only the balance and collecting a costume that YOU made the down payment (or full payment) for!
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