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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Masman The Movie

For those of you who missed "Masman The Movie", a documentary on Peter Minshall directed by Dalton Narine, which was shown at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival that just came to a close, you can now get it on DVD.

If Trinidad and Tobago were one big Carnival production, mas man, Peter Minshall (b. 1941), would be King of the Band. Mas Man is an intimate portrayal of Minshall’s life in art—specifically his counteraction of the conformity and conservatism of Carnival in the 1970s. After studying at the Central School of Art in London, Minshall returned home and began reinventing “mas” as a tool to enlighten spectators about the complexities of life—a bold move that, in time, influenced global awareness of Carnival, Trinidad and Tobago’s principal cultural export.

Similar to a large-scale costume, this documentary is comprised of multiple threads, including Minshall’s 26-year “masography”; his design and stage acumen (documented in the 2006 presentation “The Sacred Heart”); and his contribution to the artistic direction of the opening ceremonies for three Olympic Games. Here, we see the ways in which his set pieces of protest and entertainment provoke parallel emotions in major North American, European, and Asian cities. All of these textures create a story line that captures Minshall’s muse, his flair for costumery, as well as the enigma of a mercurial man whose main job seems to be playing evil against good amid Bacchanalia

Spicy Celebrites Rumored to be Playing Mas in 2010

Gossip is HOT on the two female celebrities rumored to be playing mas for the first time at Trinidad Carnival 2010. News reaching the Sauce is that one band has made a celebrity coup by supposedly having BOTH Rhianna and Lady Gaga as high profile masqueraders come Carnival next year.

Can you guess which band Rhianna and Lady Gaga are allegedly going to be making their foray into Carnival with?

I will make it easy for you, one of the following FIVE bands is the band I have been told will be hosting the fashion forward ladies for Carnival... who is the band being talked about?

Guess the "Celebrity" Band
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