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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Of Men and Gods.. coming for Carnival 2009

There is yet another new band to be launched for Carnival 2009, this time "Of Men and Gods...The New Dynasty" promises to "blow the lid off Trinbago Carnival". A bit of what they are about taken from their facebook group:

Centaurians G.T. presents the dawning of a new age in Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. It is by far not the cliche' rubbish many have come to accept and follow now but a stylised difference and there is no compromise.

To be individualistic is to have integrity and ingenuity all the while being true to intelligence as per imagination. To repeat an action over time and expect a different result is a definition of madness.

The madness stops now........WE ARE HERE AND WE ARE THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE.GET READY FOR A JOURNEY.....

We are coming and there will be a New Dynasty in Trinbago Carnival. No cliche', no Bullshit , all locally made quality costuming for both women and especially wonderful for the men.

Difference, No Compromise...
Ok, so the media launch takes place on August 16th, no location specified as yet, however there is a contact number and email address for this new band:

Phone:
472-0029
Email:

Taking a look at the costumes they have on show from their previous endeavor in the Carnival world, "Mirazh- Asgardia" Poison 2006, I am very curious to see just what this band has to offer after this diatribe by the band leader:

hELLO FOLKS,

Welcome to the group and it is my hope that all is well with you and yours. Now many Trinbagonians say that hey are outspoken but htat is not true and That'a fact. To be outspoken all the time is difficult indeed because there is an ample amount of fearlessness and impartiality one must have.

To which the question is brought about and i say yea verily. Why do we callourselves outspoken but yet our habits and culture is being lost to outside influences.Not that this is terrible but adaptation will bring progress not adoption, save the latter for Angelina and Madonna and them.

I cheer when I replay Minshall's interviews about the content of mas and expression. Just like a "steups", a "bounce",mas is aphysical manifestation of our unique heritage. It is art lent to a certain amount of expression but again I say WHAT THE F@$%^ !!!

In art the expression is left up to the artist however there are times when you can plainly see it's crap. As an artist and a true one at that it amazes me what passes for art and what the people are accepting on the whole.

fIRSTLY THERE IS THEMATICS OR THE THEME OF THE PORTRAYALS:

People I have seen countless Wildlife documentaries and unless it's over my head Lizards, Zebras, Cheetahs and Lions do not have feathers!!!! Unless it is my bad to be calling people abject dunces these animals have hair and one scales. Unless there are geneticists in the ranks of Band Leaders accept my apologies.

How does this pass because there is no systematic dismissal of foolishness in our Festival. I even recently saw Light green sage,as an apprentice herbalist that again is a genetic hybrid. Give me a mutha ...in break.

Stick to your theme and if the need is for feathers be more aligned as far as expression goes.

CLIQUESHNESS.........

Need I say more . The friend friend thing is killing the masquerade. Had I the fortune to have money to waste I'd be dis liked by the many so-called designers out there. A Lion with feathers...get away from here. My money would have stayed in my pocket. Hell there would be an ad in the paper stating no sponsorship to idiots.
But alas this is not so,so there is an inequity nonetheless as some get hundreds of thousands while others get straight blanked.

REPITITION.......
The only place this benefits you is in learning a skill where it is called practice or in the gym where you can get fit from that. When one band takes another's design re-colours it and calls it new A FART BY ANY OTHER NAME STILL STINKS!!!!

iNDIVIDUALITY

For those of you who don't know your behind the scenes info.There are not that many designers in our Carnival feild heck some of them are'nt eventhat bright!! Just caught a good break and milking it for what it's worth.

Guys like George Bailey could draw, build and edit their costumes themselves. Some band leaders right now cannot,i repeat cannot even build the initial tenets of the very costumes they're selling......

So the beat goes on and the designers all share notes and for the last 15 years the designs can all be traced to an obvious source.It too is a clique to a point....believe me and they taking allyuh money to boot!!!

INTEGRITY:
There's not much of that in most bands it's so commercialised that most things are as insincere as Patrick Manning after he wins the Election. I said it,tough.

there are bands that are rumoured to get 1/2 million from particular sponsors as soon as they say band and Carnival. What a load of crock that is !! Then there is simple maths $$000 x 4000 people........How could you not declare a profit from that. Gimme a mutha$^U*$ Break people.

RELEVANCE:
WHAT in the Hell does beads and feathers have to do with Drinks or Seasonings ???? What does a waist coat and a foot ball shorts have to do with any costume as it seem s to be the new laignappe of designing now. If you gave me that I'd slap the Band leader in his face.

Wayne Berkley made the mistake and said that carnival is woman. That was taken to the extreme and now we whose carnival is the mother of all...is sucuumbming to the wiles of our various offspring.

All my points are simple artistic ones as carnival is an artistic expression. How does one or two Psuedo intellectuals come to be the bench marks of our festival. The nearest they've probably been to the ghetto is by employing the inhabitants in their camps.

It's disgusting to me as a trinbagonian and as a Black man. Moreso as an artist and true intellectual and worst as an individual. Take it from me ,my stuff has been laughed at but it's understandable,they laughed at Christ....
This was our Phenomenal Female from Mirazh- Asgardia
in Poison 2006(R.I.P).
Even then one could see the difference though
it had to follow the accepted mores and values.



Hmm, nope cannot see the "difference" and nothing phenomenal about it!

Looking forward to what this new band plans on bringing to the table after all that verbiage. Hopefully they will fare better than The Oracle and Taboo, two planned new bands for Carnival 2008 which failed to launch.

13 comments:

Tiffany Yelitza said...

oh dear Lord. Is this for real? And let us not talk about the terrible terrible grammar. Total soapbox.

ONLY IF IT SPARKLES said...

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. i await with abated breath.

Socaholic said...

And to think it was said that Spice was cocky.

I couldn't read the whole thing... NEXT!!!

carnivalbaby said...

The man said he is an apprentice herbalist yes....LMAO

Richard said...

OMFG......... Is this man for real???
He is proclaiming himself to be the Christ of mas, and basically sounding bitter and crude.Why hate what others are doing if this individual has ever step foot in any design institution he will learn the 10 basic steps of designs, one of which is design is open to interpretation so if feathers and beads are the medium employed so be it, why bash? and to think this person is coming into the design arena with all this haste, i want to see how long this joker will last!

Richard said...

oh and i forgot to say that costume was pre-made and it ugly bad it looks like a spider with gangrene..

Chunkymommy said...

I feel this is a gay man looking for attention to his gay band

dougla_1 said...

"As an artist and a true one at that..." Hmmmm, I shall ponder the meaning of this.

Ok, I buy your realism theory, and a rock is rock, and a feather is a feather. But, when put together they could mean something entirely different from their individual reality. We interpret because we are humans. This is our gift AND our curse.

"[A]s a trinbagonian and as a...true intellectual..." Well, I think, therefore I am too.

Ok, I buy your lament, implied, that trinbagoians may not have been doing some serious thinking for sometime. But one of the FIRST objective of Trinidad's Carnival from the beginning IS "dressing up." Some could say show me your motion, show me your bling, bling. Never forget that in your argument for relevance. Just food for more thought ;)

Now at being laughed at: a TRUE artist, many times, IS the loneliest voice in the wilderness. However, a Christ reference is a bit much here, man. We go crucify yuh or worship yuh, or BOTH in due time. Just put out your work and not just your lipservice. Besides, there can only be one Minshall (a keen student OF GEORGE BAILEY) anyway ;) I like the way MacFarlane hit dem with his first band (yes he had been a mas costume designer and interior designer/decorator for several years experienced.) No big talk, he just hit dem with excellence! Go brave, my man...put up or shut up!

Socaholic said...

I think you hit the nail on the head... He needs to SHUT UP!!!

masman said...

Nothing spectacular at all from the past costumes and definatley not innovative. So I hope that what we see will mirrors the premature acclamations that were made. Please read and research your history, you will find the answers to your several of your erroneous remarks. Wayne's inspiration was based on a particualr art movement where the woman was central figuer. Wayne was the glamor of carnival, while Minshall was the drama. And there are many of the carnival designers who can draw and have the qualifications to back them. As a new band, you have set yourself a stage upon which to be judged, and judged hard you shall. I do wish you the best of luck. And echoing the remarks from past contributors, you shall do yourself great credance to "Shut up".

Wuzdescene said...

LMAO .... da man smokin some real HIGH grade :-)

JJ said...

wuzdescene. you think? i wonder if he has any left over...lol!

afro chic said...

Ookkkayyyy....then.

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