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Friday, October 09, 2009

TRIBE Ignite The Review

The first thing I have to say is any fete that serves Johnny Walker Black and COCONUT WATER ( $12.00US a pop) takes win in my book! The Miami Carnival feteing season kicked off for me last night with TRIBE Ignite at the Opium Club at Hard Rock Cafe.

Now my first impression of Miami Carnival is that all these fetes are far flung in places 25 minutes (at least) from my hotel BUT the vibe was certainly there as many, many, many Trinis represented.

I was told TRIBE Ignite was going to be "stoosh" however it was not in the least, unless my definiton of stoosh means many, many people enjoying some good soca! The highlight of the night was Iwer George's live performance and for the most part the DJS were playing some really good soca mixed in with some dub (huh?) except for Back to Basics who took it back , way, way back... the crowd did not even move for that one!

So, review of TRIBE Ignite was EXCELLENT, great way to start the feteing in Miami, nice venue, great music, cool people and JWB with Coconut Water; what else can I ask for?

Black and White fete later!

Triniscene crew hard at work bringing it to you LIVE!

The Wee Wee Truck Debate Rages On

So, TRIBE issued a statement on the wee wee truck issue yesterday:

Dear Masquerader,

We wish to address the issue of the proposed ban on Mobile Restrooms in Carnival Bands by the authorities. TRIBE was made aware of the issue only on Monday 5th October, 2009 when an article appeared in a daily newspaper. Prior to this, we were not contacted by anyone and no discussions were held.

Many of you have used our Mobile Toilet Facilities and can attest to the high standards of sanitization and hygiene maintained throughout the day while the facility is in use. Safety, security, comfort and convenience is paramount to our masqueraders and we will not sacrifice this in anyway that will affect our masqueraders negatively.

We support the authorities in establishing standards for this, but do not support a ban as the first course of action especially without any prior consultation with the Mas Bands.

Please rest assured that we will employ all efforts and do all that can be done within the law to ensure that this essential facility continues to be made available to you. TRIBE has in fact met, and shall continue to meet with a number of stakeholders with regards to this issue and we will continue to update you as developments take place.

We also wish to thank all of you who have contacted us and those of you who have written to the daily newspapers expressing your concerns. These comments expressed go a long way in convincing the authorities that the masqueraders need the facility.

We are confident that the authorities will recognize that the facility is an integral part of the Trinidad Carnival Experience for both locals and masquerading tourists alike. TRIBE has recognized the need for the facility and has improved the Carnival Experience.

TRIBE remains committed to moving Trinidad and Tobago Carnival forward.

TRIBE Management

And other bandleaders are also speaking on the proposed ban, as is reported in today's Trinidad Guardian, Genesis band leader Ian Mc Kenzie stated he has "immediately canceled" his band's wee wee truck upon hearing the news and Brian Mc Farlane had this to say:

“The idea itself is not a bad one. It is really not the most practical thing to be driving around with these trucks.” Acclaimed masman Brian McFarlane said before all-inclusive bands came up with the idea of “wee-wee” trucks, portable toilets provided by the National Carnival Commission worked very well. “They were well maintained, cleaned regularly, well lit and safe,” he said. Asked whether these trucks were included in his band, McFarlane said abruptly: “I never had them. I would never have them and I am glad they are gone.” He recalled that one year ago his band paraded behind a “bikini and beads” band with a “wee-wee” truck and had to endure smelling filth for the entire mas’ route.
I wonder exactly what public toilet Mc Farlene speaks of, public toilets that were "were well maintained, cleaned regularly, well lit and safe"? As a masquerader before the days of all inclusive bands I can attest to the fact that mythical public toilet never existed nor does it exist today!!

Saucy's sixth sense is telling her this ban is not about the wee wee trucks but the first attempt to disable all inclusive exclusive bikini and beads bands.....Carnival is a reflection of society, always was, always will be. It says something quite profound that the majority of masqueraders love their bikini mas now doesn't it?

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