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Island Fusion wheels and comes again

…After a less than rapturous response to the launch of ‘Once Upon a Time’, their 2012 Foreday morning band for Crop-Over.

The hotly anticipated Foreday Morning Band didn’t live up to expectations with the first incarnation of their band which was launched on Friday. Word on the ground was that many were pretty disappointed and some disparaging comments were left on the Facebook page about them not stepping up their game.

To their credit, the Island Fusion ladies quickly took on board the criticism and did an Island People move.

They closed registration and quickly stepped it up, revealing a whole host of hot new costumes and a new photo shoot within just 4 days.

Take a look for yourself.

Enchanted Forest

Some Like It Hot
Magic Carpet
Under the Sea
Pride Rock (All photos credit: Island Fusion)

Now, my two cents. I don’t get it.

I do get Island Fusion’s response – you have to be responsive to your patrons and  give the people what they want.

What I don’t get is the vociferous response – one that stung them enough to revamp the whole thing double quick.

I mean… it’s Foreday/Jouvert. It’s going to get covered in paint. What’s the big deal?

The vast majority of jouvert costumes I see wherever West Indians are found still consist of a t-shirt, short pants, head tie and paint.

It’s dutty mas not pretty mas. I dunno, maybe as I turn 30, I’m officially becoming old school.

Furthermore, I didn’t think Island Fusion’s costumes were that bad or for that matter, bad at all. Heck, the first year was t-shirts and short pants or leggings and we all had a ball.

They didn’t blow my mind but I thought they were cute, particularly the original Lost in the Woods and Enchanted Forest.

That said, the new costumes are waaaayy better, particularly Magic Carpet (which was a bit comical before) and Pride Rock (which was just fine before).


By Me

island ~ ista
From Latin -ista via Portuguese -ista
one who follows a principle; an adept.

As an islandista I live, embody, exude the spirit of the Caribbean islands.

2 replies on “Island Fusion wheels and comes again”

While I understand that it is dutty mass, Island Fusion was marketing themselves as more than a t-shirt band. Quite a few foreday bands now have ‘proper’ costumes. For the prices that were being asked, I can understand why patrons were a tad disappointed. If they were a t-shirt band only with corresponding prices it wouldnt have been quite as big a deal.

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