Wednesday, February 17, 2010
MacFarlane resurrects the mas
“I am not about winning, I am about presenting my God-given creativity, which is my art, and leave the people to judge.
“What happened with the king and the queen, some people say maybe I now need to put wheels because of the breeze—I would not, that’s not mas—I was going true with the mas,” MacFarlane said during a brief interview at Victoria Square, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. MacFarlane’s Queen, Dame Gwo Bunda and his King, Dragon Can Dance, both fell at Sunday’s Dimanche Gras show. He said if it means re-entering the competition next year, he would. “If I have to go back next year and I fall again—I would fall again, but I would be true to the mas. “We are down now, and we are down for 12 months, but would be back in the (Queen’s Park) Savannah in mere months,” MacFarlane said.
The band is made up of 16 sections with 48 characters and deals with “the pure form of mas” from the 1800s, hence the use of copper, bronze, and gold, MacFarlane said. “Everything is in gold, copper and bronze because my story tells the mas has died and was buried in Buccoo Reef,” he said. “When we did the launch, the spirits were resurrected on the sand bank and, to show honour and glory, they washed the entire mas in copper and gold.”
SOURCE T&T Guardian