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Sep 4, 2014

Carnival Mas Camp 2014: Are Erotic and Mother Nature Ready for the Road?

Day three of Mas Camp 2014 is currently underway and a News Five team is visiting the five remaining bands that will face the judges in the preliminaries of the Carnival Road March 2014. The mas camps started on Tuesday with five bands and on Wednesday night two junior bands and two seniors were visited. Duane Moody has been following the 2014 bands and has day two of the camp. 

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Day two of mas camp 2014…four bands were featured including Evolution Mas Band and Pickstock Carnival Band…the two junior teams make that seven junior bands so far, to be judged in the preliminaries for the Carnival Road march 2014. That leaves one other junior band and the rest are all seniors. Wednesday night saw the panel of judges and the media crew visit two of the six senior bands competing in this year’s carnival showdown.

 

Both teams are well known to the entire public; they have been partaking in theCarnival RoadMarch for the past ten years and continue to be recognized for the intricate costuming that they continuously bring to the competition and to the streets. Mother Nature’s Creation and Erotic Mas Band were the seniors to take over on night two of mas camp 2014.

 

For its ten-year anniversary, Leroy Green says Mother Nature is giving homage to its name.

 

Leroy Green, Designer/PR, Mother Nature Creations

Leroy Green

“Our theme for this year is nature’s creation; Religion and Fantasy. We always keep in mind the fact that carnival is mostly and primarily about fantasy. It is a day to take people out of their ordinary life and make them fantasize and have a good time. That’s what our theme is all about. The religious part comes in where King Plato we are portraying as the making of the world. He will be dressed in gold, white and black. He will not be leading a group as such, but the three minions who helped him to create the world. After he created the earth, he realized that it was barren and needed some life and I am not sure if you know that there are hot days when the mist is in the air and because of the sun, the mist turns multicolor. He took a handful of that mist and he blew it down to the earth, where it formed into a butterfly. That butterfly will be Queen Bodea and so her followers will be dressed in all the colors of the rainbow. Next he said since the earth had life, the waters of the earth needed life as well and he took three different shades of pink and he created Queen Sarcasa, the sea fan. Finally after that, he looked down and he realized the earth needed more. He dug and planted a seed. That seed grew roots, it grew a trunk, branches and leaves and he called it trees and when the trees multiplied, he called it forest and the king of the forest is King Floro.”

 

FromSt. Thomas Street, our next stop was Erotic Mas Band at the Uno Gas Station on thePhillip Goldson Highway, Now, Erotic has only been a show band for the past three Carnivals…and, after several requests, has decided to compete this year. Their theme is “Enlightenment.”

 

Lisa Alvarez

Lisa Alvarez, Erotic Mas Band

“This year we decided to bring a fantastical story of mystery, mayhem, death and even destruction and also temptation. We have an evil Erabus. He comes from the depths of the underworld and he has this secret and that’s why he is flanked in black and purple and he has this secret against the powerful King Seetan who is the ruler of Righteousness. He ultimately gets revenge on him through his daughter Queen Ateen. She is flanked in gold and silver. She is young and virtuous and so she desires, she lusts and is easily tempted. And so Erabus transforms like he is bringing gifts of happiness, desire to this susceptible queen. And she gives into him and unfortunately she gets mayhem, destruction. King Seetan unable to see this summons the spirits of the hawks and comes down to rescue his daughter and there is a big battle. And then you have Queen Anastasis. She comes in and she brings a sense of peace and calm and it ends in a rainbow renaissance of peace and calm. So we have the end of the battle through her and she is heralded with her dancers.”

 

So what is it that these two senior bands are bringing to the table to secure the win?

 

Leroy Green

“We do not believe in going on the internet and copying any costume. For us, creativity and originality is about taking things out of your head, out of a dream and portraying it in your own original, creative way. So as you said…none of our costumes can be found on the internet. I personally sit down and draw them out from out of my head. Having six other groups competing against us does not faze us because some years ago, we won against eight other bands. So we are not fazed about competition any at all. We don’t send out any challenges, we are about us. Carnival is supposed to bring people together; not to create any kind of fuss or anything like that. So we never try to start something like that by sending out challenges. We concentrate on what we are going to bring to the streets on carnival day.”

 

David Matus

David Matus, Designer, Erotic Mas Band

“We have four sections, we have two designers this year—myself and Roberto who has been working to make sure the band happens this year. We have many changes in the costume this year; a whole different story…it is not a Belizean thing, it is something out of the box. We’re bringing everything different…We are erotic. There is no question of what we are bringing and we go far beyond what the others do. In King and Queens, we send up real king and queens. The costumes are detailed, detailed costume and they speak for themselves.”

 

Day Three of Mas Camp is tonight and there are five more bands to go, including one junior and four senior bands. Are you ready for the bacchanal? Reporting for News Five, I am Duane Moody.

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1 Response for “Carnival Mas Camp 2014: Are Erotic and Mother Nature Ready for the Road?”

  1. Luis says:

    Loving the Erotic costumes. I am sure they are original. When competition is on the game gets dirty. Phrase throwing was childish. Wish that the other band move up to real international levels as they look poorly done, Maybe the internet for ideas would do them good. Hats off to the Designers of Erotic.

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