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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Harts Secret Section

So it is not only TRIBE that has a secret section, however this one is labeled as a "private" section by Karen Hart and it is called "Dance With Me". Apparently this section is reserved for Karen Harts' masqueraders every year and is not available for registration through the mas camp.

Did you choose the right section ?

For those who care where their section is placed in the band, last year I gave you "The Dummies Guide to Choosing the Right Section in TRIBE" my tips were :

1. Pay attention to the sections that are always placed closer to the rear of the band; from my observation the same designers have been bringing up the rear for the past three years. If you have the TRIBE booklet it lists each section and the designer of the costume. Learn those names!

2.The "Big 3" designers in TRIBE, Lana, Monique and Gail always have a section to the front of the band and one that ends up closer to the back. Case in point, Monique had three sections in 2007, Fancy Sailor #1, Dame Lorraine # 12 and Fireman #15. Gail's sections were Warrior Spirit #4 and Jamette #13. Lana's sections were Jab Molassie #5 and Dragon #6.

3. One of Monique's sections is always section #1. In 2005 it was Mojave, 2006 Nylon Pool and 2007 Fancy Sailor. So if you are playing in Lady of the Lake, Black Magic or Amalthea chances are your section will be first!

4. If your section is hugely popular and it is larger in numbers than other sections you will not be placed first. I have noticed that these sections are placed in the top 5 however.

5. Sections are not placed according to how quickly they sold out, Fireman was one of the first sections to go and sections that did not even sell out up until the close of registration were placed before Fireman.

6. If the President or some other notable celebrity, Dignitary or Official is playing in your section you will be in the top 5, if not section #1. In fact the section order might even be switched to accommodate these persons.

7. Peter Elias section will NEVER be in the back, somehow he is always in the top 10!

OK so lets see how good I was in predicting which sections would be in the top five and which would be last....

The big 3 designers, Lana, Monique and Gail are leading the first half of the band with Lady of the Lake, Black Magic, Butterfly Bliss and Mystique.... this year they are also bringing up the rear of the band with the last three sections. The designer of Luna, who has had a back seat position for the past three years has now moved up several notches and Silver Mist, Leasel Rovedas section took a leap to #8 !! I guess it was because that section was VERY popular.

As I predicted Black Magic, THE hot section for 2008 is in the top 5 . As it is possibly the biggest section in the band the top spot went to Monique's other section Lady of the Lake, in position number ONE.

The surprises for me are Peter Elias, demoted to number 14, I was wrong about him. And Goddess of the Chase, a first time section leader right up there in second position!! I am guessing some celebrity(local or otherwise) might be playing in that section, who knows.

I hope everyone is happy with their section placement, I know I am! If you are not, well, hopefully you are forewarned and forearmed for 2009 in guessing which sections will be where in the lineup!

Harts Distribution Schedule is UP!

Check the website for dates and times , the hubby is collecting first!

Soca Music For Download!

Here are some downloads for you guys getting ready to journey to Trinidad in a few days , it is sure to put you in the mood and bring you up to speed on all the hottest soca music for the season.

The first is a mix from Private Ryan:

Just letting you all know that a brand new soca 2008 mix made by Private Ryan of Detrimental is available for download at

This mix was made for all those who are going to be in Trinidad celebrating carnival, and for those who want to get familiar with all the new hits for 2008.

Please enjoy it at your convenience and feel free to leave any comments. Note that the mix is one long track that is almost 2 hours long as it has fit all the tracks currently in heavy rotation.

Look out for the entire Detrimental crew Jase, Dj Kevin, Private Ryan and Brenty on the road on the REd 96.7 truck in Tribe this year, and also look out for the best of carnival 2008 mix coming out after carnival mixed by yours truly Private Ryan.

And D'Bandit's POD CAST

Anyways it's time to get ready for Trini Carnival, safe trip to all those flying out over the next little while.

Remember to download mypodcast for the plane ride down at

The new mixes should be up by Friday Jan 25th. That's right the annual, no talking, ah just fooling around in meh basement, getting ready for the road, mixes...will be up most likely by Friday evening-ish :)

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