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Friday, September 23, 2011

K2K Alliance Teaser

There is a lot of buzz surrounding the new band K2K Alliance on Facebook, their costume sketches have been drawing a lot of attention and praise. I am a bit skeptical when it comes to judging a costume based on artwork alone, however the teaser of actual prototypes for the sections "River Jordan" and "Red Sea" have me intrigued to see more.







Planning on competing as a medium band catering to 1000 masqueraders, "The Waters"  will comprise of eight sections and it will be all inclusive. K2K Alliance is  headed by an artistic design team, two sisters with a passion and love of art, one of them having copped the top prize for Art in the Caribbean in C.X.C.

I had the pleasure of speaking with one of the sisters who expressed her vision for the band, suffice to say that with their debut presentation  they plan on being a competitive force bridging the gap between the old and new with a youthful perspective on "Alternative Mas".

"The Waters" will be unveiled at Saute Trinbago 2011 on Sunday September 25 at the Queens Park Savannah, for more information on tickets and what to expect at Saute see the flyers below or check out their Facebook Fanpage:





Dear Jo...

When I started the "Costume Showdown" I prefaced it by saying this :
Critics of "Bikini and Beads" bands often say that the costumes all look the same every year, it is just up to masqueraders to pick a colour and play. And while designers are generally working with a bikini, or monokini in some cases, I know I can certainly see differences in the diverse costumes offered by the bands even if the naysayers say they all look the same. So today I am going to start a Costume Showdown where we vote for the best costume in the same colour family for Carnival 2012 of the bands that have launched so far.

Yet I still get an email expressing these sentiments:
I think its perfect to be choosing the best coloured costumes as you are on your blog currently. Great reflection of the state of mas in T & T.


I remember growing up when creativity meant so much and we had the greatest show on Earth. When there was competition and themes and craft combined to produce that great show!


Now its 'what colour are you playing?' as there's nothing much else to choose from as they all look like alike - a bikini, feathers and beads. Absolutely sad!

Dear Jo, 
of course the costumes are going to look like a bikini, feathers and beads as those materials are the genesis of "Bikini Mas", we are not comparing "Alternative Mas" here. The whole point of the exercise was to answer critics like you and show that it is NOT just about choosing a colour, that for us masqueraders who actually play Bikini and Beads we can spot the design differences in costumes, they are all not generically the same.

For instance among the white costumes Island People's "Oya" looks nothing like YUMA's Final Fantasy or Harts Khione or Oasis Koi, well at least to me.I am sure all you are seeing are feathers, but take a better look at each costume and then tell me that the costumes do not have an element of "design" to them. It is much harder to recreate a bikini, beads and feather costume each year than it is to drape fabric and even those who do "Alternative Mas" repeat designs from year to year.

And if you think there are no other choices you need to look at Strictly Alternative Mas, K2K Alliance, Brian Mac Farlane, Just Friends, D Harvard Boys, Glenn Carvalho, Trini Revellers and Genesis The Word in addition to the many other bands that produce Sailor Mas, Native Indian Mas and other traditional mas bands. As far as the N.C.B.A. recorded for Carnival 2010 were are 23 Mini Bands, 17 Small Bands, 17 Medium Bands  , 8 Large Bands ( this number has grown with the addition of YUMA, Bliss, Fantasy, Explosion) and 27 Bands in the Nostalgia Parade. That seems to be a lot of options to me!

Of course this is simply my humble opinion you do not need to share it.

Sincerely

Saucy 
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