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Archived: Tonight, New Couture Mas Band Reveals Its Tropical Wonderland at the Bungalow.

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The Tropical Wonderland theme being revealed on Saturday night, ahead of T&T Carnival 2020, will, according to the 1One National Carnival team, deliver quality craftsmanship and present costumes with couture in mind. “Couture is the new mas,” expressed Nelson, highlighting the need to offer international masquerade and festival seekers, a true expression of Trinidad and Tobago as a cultural hub. “We must present our best to the people from around the world who are looking to Trinidad and Tobago as the mecca. It’s unacceptable for us to simply settle for being a bikini and beads culture. We are much more than that and we must claim it,” said the young creative. 

Sejoux admits that while the band seeks to target a niche, foreign demographic, all are welcome. “Our desire is to facilitate the needs of the visitor to Trinidad and Tobago but that isn’t to say that we aren’t welcoming of our own people. We are excited to present this very artistic option to fans of mas, and we also hope to see people of all ages and backgrounds engaging in the culture with 1One Nation Carnival, come Carnival Monday and Tuesday. 

The Tropical Wonderland will be launched tonight, Saturday September 28th, at the Bungalow in Woodbrook. For further details, mas lovers can visit Instagram or Facebook, and follow 1One Nation Carnival. 

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Trinbagonian Mas and Mask Maker, Rawle Permanand Talks Possible Local Carnival, Covid Lessons and More.

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Mas has always been big business and mas designer Rawle Permanand, understands not just the beauty of carnival, but the economics. He’s awaiting word on the next move amid continued restrictions in Trinidad and Tobago and the the maintenance of ‘locked down’ borders. He however told Ebuzztt that there’s been some talk of a local something.

Rawle has embarked on a new enterprise, in this Covid-19 season, making masks that epitomise the beauty and aesthetic of the Caribbean and the Carnival industry. They’re being distributed overseas, even. His social media pages are awash with comments affirming the quality and beauty of his mask designs. There’s no doubt that he’s channelled his energy and passion into something that’s worthwhile, especially at present.

In our chat, Rawle told us that this pandemic has made him more aware of time, and the possibilities that we rarely think about.

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Shurwayne Delivers Just What’s Needed in Covid Times. It’s Time to Get Ready for Christmas!

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“Covid19 must not stop Christmas.”

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This is how entertainer, ShurwayneWinchester feels about the uncertainty leading into the season of goodwill and giving- a season most anticipate annually, whether by religious persuasion or simply Trinbagonian tradition. 

“Love and light, peace and giving must push through and I’m ready to make that abundantly clear,” said Shurwayne on Tuesday night as he put the final touches on a song that’s just perfect for the season ahead. The track, a melodic, vibe-filled Soca parang anthem, wascollaboratively written by Preacher and Shurwayne was released on Wednesday to mark the beginning of the 100-day countdown to Christmas. It’s called, “Leave The Drinks By TheGate”- a call to action that’s guaranteed to catch on quickly. 

Trinidad and Tobago, like many countries around the world, has felt the devastating effects of the novel coronavirus, stopping many in their tracks- artistes and entertainment professionals around the Caribbean and the world, unable to travel and earn as they typically would. “Trinidad and Tobago is a special place when it comes to Christmas. This is traditionally a time for family gatherings and while we may not be able to mingle with each other as we usually would, we can still sing the music, smile and with a bit of physical distancing, we may still even be able to take a drink at a neighbour’sdoorstep,” said Shurwayne with a chuckle. 

Endorsing all public health directives, Shurwayne says this song is meant to bring a bit of much needed cheer to the people of T&T and the Caribbean by extension, while still promoting safety. “People from all walks of life are being affected by this virus. Many are experiencing depression and anxiety. This is just a personal effort to bring back those smiles and also to let my people know that where there is love, there is hope. Love lives in our Caribbean music and so, this is love from my lips to their ears,” he said. 

“Leave The Drinks By The Gate’, like all of Shurwayne’s music, is being globally distributed, and available for streaming via globally recognized streaming platforms. “I just really want to thank everyone who has supported me, for the love they’ve shown over the years. I want to let them all know that I believe in their resilience and we’ll get through this together,” said Shurwayne. 

The song’s lyric video has been done in Karoake style and was released simultaneously with the song. Shurwayne says he wants to encourage everyone to just sing along.

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