The exciting news at Brian Mac Farlane’s mas camp is that reigning King of Carnival Jhawhan Thomas is returning next year to defend the title he won so handsomely in C2K8 portraying Pandemic Rage, from Earth: Cries of Despair—Wings of Hope.
Chatting with the stilt-walker at Club Zen last week he assured that he would again compete in a costume devoid of wheels or castors, performing his heartstopping routines. Come C2K9, Mac Farlane, also Band of the Year, is presenting a tribute to Africa.
Mas bands are well on their way in preparations for the 2009 Greatest Show on Earth, with a number of them already revealing some costumes at media launches. Among those already out of the boxes have been newcomers Kaotic, Elements, Spice and Image Nation.
Last Friday evening, masqueraders of Image Nation had a rollicking time at the band’s Buller Street camp in Woodbrook as they gather to celebrate winning this year’s Band of the Year (Medium) in the Downtown Carnival, with La Brea. Next year, IN, led by sisters Patrice and Jihan Roberts, is portraying Coral Reef, designed by father of the bandleaders Patrick Roberts.
Tribe is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a mas band by introducing its avant garde Tribe Rollin’ Road Party, the platform for the band’s presentation of Birds of a Feather. Tribe in-house designers Gail, Lana and Monique are ready for the band’s tentatively scheduled July 26 launch.
Another of Carnival’s huge mas bands, Island People Mas, intends having its public unveiling of Heaven on Earth sometime in August, the same month Pulse 8 is launching Hot, Hot, Hot.
Other bands launching their C2K9 presentations within the next couple months, and the portrayals, are Evolution’s Temptation (July 4); and, Kaotic’s Life Unleashed (July 13).