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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Trinidad Carnival Diary in the Trinidad Guardian!

So, I just got a call from Afro Chic that I was featured "in the Guardian" today, an article on Social Mixing For Success by Mark Lyndersay where he uses this blog as an example of special interest blogging.

The piece is well written and I especially like this part:

Then, there are the folks I call attractors, people who command an uncommon authority on the Web in a specific area of expertise. These folks can be a blessing or a curse for you. These are the new filters of the web, the Internet’s subject matter experts who command the attention of hundreds of slices of information focus. Take Saucy Diva (if you’re a Carnival bandleader, you’ll probably add—please).

The Diva is the anonymous author of a highly focused blog at trinidadcarnivaldiary.com. Saucy is the final word on pretty mas bands, a hugely entertaining source of gossip, advice and general bacchanalia on the subject. In 2008, a two sentence note from the Diva generated six times as many Web hits for my Carnival project as a link posted on the same day on the Guardian’s Web site. When I launched the Web page for my coverage of Tribe’s production process this year, I sent her a note about it and she kindly posted notice of the new work, driving just under 2,000 visitors to the site over the next week.
You can read more of Mark's feature HERE and yes, I am sure several bandleaders are definitely saying "TAKE SAUCY- PLEASE"! You won't believe how many meetings have been called to discuss things written on this blog, but at the end of the day there is nothing like bad publicity, right?


Get ready for another new band for 2010

I have been reliably informed, and it has been confirmed, that jouvert band Chocolate City Mas will be making a foray into pretty mas for 2010 with a new band called "Chocolate Tuesdays".

And if you are wondering exactly who is behind Chocolate City Mas here is a little bit about them and the bandleader Zarin Morean:

The concept of Chocolate City started with its founding members Archiba Zarin Morean and Desmond Campbell, who formed the parent organisation - North South Crew. Initially focusing on boat rides and cruises, they daringly ventured into bringing the Treasure Queen to journey south for the famous "Point Fortin Borough Day" celebrations in Trinidad. After such success, North South Crew further extended their horizons to include tours to various Carnivals of the Caribbean; event management which primarily specialised in the co-ordination of sports and family days; and then to breaking the barrier with a different concept from the traditional J'ouvert - Chocolate City: "No Body Paint, No Mud, Jus Liquid Chocolate". This became an immediate success as revellers enjoyed parading drenched in chocolate, and has significantly grown over the years with participation in both local and international carnivals. Like its masqueraders, the North South Crew family has extended to include Gary Jackson, Houston Frederick, Maria Mohammed and Carla Quanvie, who all significantly contribute towards the strong backbone of the extraordinary Chocolate City.

Expect more information to come about this new band "Chocolate Tuesdays" which will debut for Carnival 2010 along with "Showtime"!
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