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‘TWEL’ – BAND OF THE YEAR

Tribe of Twel took home the Band of the Year title. [Photo: Stan Bishop]

Wins 5 First Prizes.

Image: Tribe of Twel took home the Band of the Year title. [Photo: Stan Bishop]
Tribe of Twel took home the Band of the Year title. [Photo: Stan Bishop]
“TRIBE of Twel” dominated this year’s Carnival Parade of the Bands, picking up titles for Band of the Year, Section of the Year, Individual, Best Portrayal of Theme, and Best Designed Band.

The band, which consisted of core members from three bands – Rituals, St. Lucia Spirit and XS Energy – also placed third in the “Mas on the Move” category, and second in the Individual category (Sharon Tanner, “Xochiquetzal”).
The results were released at a press conference held in the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) conference room yesterday.

J’OUVERT BAND PORTRAYAL
• 1st place – 342 points — Back In Time Inc. – “The Game We Played”
• 2nd place – 303 points — Moko Flix Moko Jumbies – “Out For J’Ouvert”
• 3rd place – 246 points — Mudsters – “Peace… Love & Mud”
• 4th place – 156 points — Triple D – “J’Ouvert Is Our Time”

OLE MAS
• 1st place – 183 points — Robert Calderon – “Emma Hold PM Post 4 Days”
• 2nd place – 181 points — Carlton Ishmael – “Police Teef On The Rise”
• 3rd place – 179 points — Matthew Mark – “CSA See Through Mary – It Yellow, Yellow”
• 4th place — 153 points — Leslie Charles – “Mamaguy In The House”

ROAD MARCH
• 1st place – Ricky T – “Perfect Storm” – song played 34 times
• 2nd place – CJ – “Sweff Jook” – song played 6 times
• 3rd place – Sedale and Hollywood HP (tied) for “Neighbour” and “I Ready To Work” – song played 5 times each

MAS ON THE MOVE
• 1st place – Royalites Xtreme Carnival Band and Red Unlimited Carnival Band (tied with 72 points)
• 3rd place – The Tribe of Twel – 59 points
• 4th place – Just 4 Fun Carnival Band – 57 points

SECTION OF THE YEAR
• 1st place – Tribe of Twel – 77 points
• 2nd place – Royalites Xtreme’s “Ocean Blue” – 70 points
• 3rd place – Legends Carnival Band’s “Lionheart” – 63 points
• 4th place – Just 4 Fun Carnival Band’s “VVIP Section” – 61 points

INDIVIDUAL
• 1st place – Adrian Augier – Tribe of Twel – “Legend of the Featherhead Serpent” – 498 points
• 2nd place – Sharon Tanner – Tribe of Twel – “Xochiquetzal” – 483 points
• 3rd place – Giovani St. Omer – Red Unlimited Carnival Band – “National Treasure” – 462 points
• 4th place – Natanni St. Omer – Red Unlimited Carnival Band – “Blazing Red” – 450 points

BEST PORTRAYAL OF THEME
• 1st place – Tribe of Twel – “Amerindia: Legacy of the Aztecs” – 123 points
• 2nd place – Red Unlimited Carnival Band – “Ying Yang” – 116 points
• 3rd place – Just 4 Fun — “Out of Afrika” — 112 points
• 4th place – Royalites Xtreme Carnival Band – “Beaneath It All” – 108 points

BEST DESIGNED BAND
• 1st place – Tribe of Twel – Amerindia: Legacy of the Aztecs” – 121 points
• 2nd place – Red Unlimited Carnival Band – “Ying Yang” – 117 points
• 3rd place – Just 4 Fun Carnival Band – “Out of Afrika” – 112 points
• 4th place – Royalites Xtreme Carnival Band – “Beneath It All” – 104 points

BAND OF THE YEAR:
1st place – Tribe of Twel – “Amerindia: Legacy of the Aztecs” – 405 points
2nd place – Red Unlimited Carnival Band – “Ying Yang” – “Balance and Harmony” – 379 points
3rd place – Royalites Xtreme Carnival Band – “Beneath It All” – 362 points
4th place – Just 4 Fun – “Out of Afrika”: The Language of the Tribe” – 359 points

Chairman of the Carnival Planning & Management Agency (CPMA), Lyndon Arnold, said there were no major incidents reported by the police during the two-day jump-up. He thanked all stakeholders involved for making the parade and the season an overall success.

Arnold said music played a major role during the season, especially soca tunes, many of which were released early in the season. He also underscored the high level of participation in the King and Queen of the Bands competition. Arnold believes that with the right amount of enthusiasm and support, the overall carnival product can experience exponential growth.

“It shows that if we all work together and take St. Lucian Carnival – all aspects of it: the music, the costumes and so on – it can deliver the benefits that we’re seeing,” Arnold said.

Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

Although he was initially told that the job would last only two weeks, he was able to demonstrate such high quality work that the company offered him a permanent job before that fortnight was over. Read full bio...

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