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Five ideas for Carnival costume inspiration

Summer 2018 approaches and with no less than five Caribbean Carnivals coming up and Jamaica Carnival just ended, my timeline has been filled with costumes. They look beautiful. It used to be that Trinidadian costumes were far out ahead of the other islands but in the past five years or so, everyone has really closed […]

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Island Fusion does it digitally for its 2014 launch

Island Fusion decided to forego the traditional band launch for its fifth year in the Foreday game. Instead, their single-letter band theme V seems to stand for video as they went for a digital launch of their 2014 presentation. The video has a dark, slightly improvisational feel and it’s a bit difficult to see all […]

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Baje International presents Mega Monday – did we love it?

If you follow us on social media, you would have seen that the Islandista team was live at the launch of Baje International’s Crop-Over 2014 presentation on Friday night at the Hilton’s Charles Fort. Baje along with Power X Four, is one of the established Crop-Over kingpins and is actually celebrating its 15th anniversary as […]

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Zulu International’s band launch might have taken Crop-Over to a whole new level

Wings at last, wings at last, thank goodness, WINGS! AT! LAST! Can you tell I’m excited? Zulu International’s band launch was last night and wow – what a difference a year makes! After basically killing it for Crop-Over last year (Rihanna jumped with them. Need we say more?), Zulu has a whole new host of […]

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A sneak peek and a full look at two hot Crop-Over bands

Zulu International dropped a sneak peek yesterday of what people can expect to see from them come May 3rd when they launch their Crop-Over 2014 presentation, Once Upon A Time. The video came out yesterday, featuring Banks calendar girl Faith Callender as Little Red Riding Hood wandering through a forest of magical Crop-Over creatures.   […]

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Is Foreday Morning becoming like ‘Monday mas’?

With Foreday Morning now officially the biggest event of the Crop-Over festival (46 bands and 21,000 revellers this year), there has been much debate about the direction of the event. Foreday started out as a j’ouvert-type, ‘dutty mas’ street party, a mud-and-paint-and-chocolate alternative to the pretty mas of Kadooment Day. But at some point a […]

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Making Mas Different

We’ve spoken about it time and again here on Islandista – the ‘artistry vs sexy’ dilemma that faces fans of mas. And if we’re being honest, it’s truly a financial dilemma too. Because the makers of what is often called alternative mas are quite simply, not going to make the big bucks of the ‘bikini […]

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Baje & Power X 4 unveil their costumes

They’re baaaaack! Barbados’ two biggest bands, Baje International and Power X Four both unveiled their costumes on Friday in different ways. Power X Four sent an e-newsletter to their mailing list with a ‘sneak peek’ of their costumes while Baje International had their official media launch at Red Rock at the end of the Gap. Here […]

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More costume bands from NYC to Bim

Week by week, Barbados’ Crop-Over festival is heating up with more bands launching. Small and mid-size bands such as Wednesday 2000, Jump and Ooutraje have all launched recently. Our initial reaction to Wednesday 2000 was … mehhhh. A lot of the costumes just were not cutting it, like these two selections below. What’s going on here? […]

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Carnival Costume Review I – Island People

Ok, ok you might say the point is moot since all but one section (Sonia Mack’s Paradisius) is sold out but I beg to differ. If you know the right strings to pull or the right sites to check, you can still get your costumes this close to Carnival. To be honest, I am not overwhelmed […]