The latest buzz has been about the official launch of the Mudsunami J’ouvert Band, which this year, will feature as one of the top competitors during the traditional early morning street party, scheduled for Monday 27th December.
The sounds of carnival were in the air on Saturday 2nd October, at Bobsy’s in Frigate Bay, when organizers of Mudsunami formally launched their new j’ouvert experience.
It was a glimpse of what is to come, with male and female models parading on stage in some of the designs to be used in the band. Revelers will have a choice of vests, baby t-shirts and boy shorts or leggings for the ladies and t-shirts for the men. There is also expected to be lots of mud and paint on the bodies of the mas-makers.
Saturday’s launch was turned into a carnival party with live performances from the Newtown Iron Band and the former National Carnival Monarch, King Konris.
Among the many patrons who attended the event were, the Permanent Secretary for Culture and Carnival, Ms. Sharon Rattan and the new Carnival Committee Chairman, Mr. Clement “Monarch” O’Garro, both of whom gave words of support and encouragement during their brief remarks.
The j’ouvert band is being organized by Xpress Events, an event planning company that emerged on the local scene in June this year, when they hosted a very successful VIP (Hospitality) Experience, at the St. Kitts Music Festival, staged at the Warner Park Stadium.
According to Ms. Siobhan Lloyd, one of the executives from the organizing company, it was the success of the Music Festival event that motivated them to contribute to the growth of carnival, by creating a J’ouvert experience that would encourage participation from a wide cross section of the community.
Lloyd said that they have created a package that will provide patrons with an unforgettable, premium, and all inclusive j’ouvert experience which is authentic. She said that her group intends to preserve the rich traditions of the Kittitian j’ouvert spectacle.
Ms. Lloyd said that Mudsunami is however more than just playing in mud or paint. The experience will not begin and end on j’ouvert morning, given that various pre- carnival events will be staged in the coming weeks, said Lloyd.
She said that her organization is hoping to present a quality product at an affordable price and special attention will be placed on security and safety of revelers on the road.
Sponsorship for the band is being supplied by local telecommunications company, DIGICEL.