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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Mc Farlane's Africa

News from Mc Farlane's camp and it promises to be exciting! This may very well be the only band launch I am looking forward to this month...I have been hearing whispers of tribes such as the Masai...imagine that brought to life on the streets of Port of Spain for 2009! I await with anticipation until next Saturday:

MacFarlane is ready to launch.

“Africa, Her People, Her Glory, Her Tears”

The launch will take the form of a media presentation at 5:30 am on Saturday 11th October, 2008. Mc Farlane's website ( will be launched at midnight of the same day.

The 2009 presentation promises to be powerful not only through her beauty as the mother land but also through her peoples, her history, her rhythms which as time progresses will reveal relationships and connections between Africa and us as Caribbean people.

View and enjoy a gallery of pictures from 2008 “Earth, Cries of Despair, Wings of Hope” now available on the website.

The Mas Camp at #49 Rosalino Street will be officially open from Monday 13th October, at 5:00pm and loyalty card holders will have the privilege of registering during a preferred registration period from Monday 13th October to Sunday 2nd November, 2008.

General registration, where we welcome new Band Members, is open from Monday 3rd November, 2008.

Question and Answer With the Band Leader

Are bands like yours doing anything to re-develop the local industry instead of outsourcing production to foreigners. I'm sure if people can do whatever out there it can b done locally...

First off, all bands are not buying ready made costumes from outside. In fact only a small percentage are being imported. The majority of bands produce their costumes locally. But this is a free market society and I guess a band leader has the same right as any businessman to seek product where ever he or she wants. It 's up to the consumer to decide if they like the quality of the costumes or not.
I am a firm believer in producing locally, but it comes at an increased cost. Let me explain.

All of the materials we use for carnival are imported, if you import raw materials from India or China you have to pay the cost plus freight, Duties, Taxes. on each individual item you import. you always have to import more than you need in each component to ensure that you don't run short, or to cover you in case of mishaps. When you import ready made costumes, you are paying for exactly what you need .

When you assemble here in Trinidad without a doubt the labour cost is substantially more because there is no way Trini workers will work for what Chinese, Indian or lots of Latin American workers would. It's almost slave wages and child labour you are competing against. But this is a fact with most items (no matter what it is ) imported from these countries. Their advantage will always be CHEAP LABOUR. Once again I support local labour as I know we do better quality.

Does YOUR band include Licenses and Fees for C.O.T.T, NCBA and importation of Feathers (licenses)into the price of your costumes and pass this on to masqueraders?Isn't this something that should be absorbed by the band?

As in any business all of the above are considered to be part and parcel of the cost of producing a product. They comprise part of your cost price, profit is added on to that.

How do you determine which sections go first and which sections go last? Is it determine by price, color of costume or is it determined by coordination of the band?

It is done by the coordination of the band, and of course either to follow a story line or to make an impact by having contrasting colored sections cross after each other.
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