A newly established Carnival band will be making its debut on the road this Carnival season under the theme “Elements of Time.”
According to Kalifa Purtell, Marketing Director of Levels Mas, “the launch of this new era band has caught the interest of regional, international and local carnival patrons alike.”
In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY last week Friday, Purtell said, the “innovative band backed by a full-fledged promotional team (is) looking forward to having 400 masqueraders on the road.”
She said, “Levels Mas will be a fully all-inclusive band, the first of its kind in Grenada”.
“The Band will introduce a standard of service and amenities found in all-inclusive holiday resorts and will translate this to the local carnival, to create the ultimate Carnival Experience for Spice Mas”, she added.
Purtell stated that the innovative idea for the band stemmed from an unfortunate experience of a bunch of young entrepreneurs living abroad, who came to the island to participate in Carnival 2015 but “had a lot of issues getting costumes” to play mas.
“They had problems with the poor level of customer service from some of the bands and they sat down together and decided that they wanted to do something to change that”, she said.
She added that the majority of persons involved in the band have been “directly and indirectly involved with bands in New York and Miami for the past 15 years.
She stressed the group took a decision last November “to create a concept that would make you feel like you would feel in any of the (mas) bands in Trinidad”.
She expressed the view that “over the last few years tastes have changed, habits have changed, demands have changed, the way we play mas has changed, but for many, mas in Grenada may have changed but it has not truly evolved”.
“Mas will always be about the aesthetic and a pretty costume will always sell, but there is a growing number of people who now crave and yearn not just a costume but also for an experience”, she remarked.
Purtell noted that the launch of the new era band has “piqued the interest of regional, international and local carnival patrons alike”.
She said, “The band will introduce a standard of service and amenities found in all-inclusive holiday resorts and will translate this to the local carnival, to create the Ultimate Carnival Experience for Spice Mas”.
She stated proudly that “all of our designers are between the ages of 25 and 35 and are all Grenadian nationals.”
A description of the seven sections making up Levels Mas are as follows:
1. Storm, which represents strong winds, heavy rainfall and stormy skies. This section is designed by Shantelle Joseph of ChrisKDesigns.
The intricate design depicts the tension and turmoil caused by tropical storms and hurricanes in the Caribbean.
2. Tropical Forest, represents the green fields and lush vegetation of the islands and is designed by Lenora Yates of Love De Carnival.
3. Sunset: represents the prelude to dawn. There’s nothing like a beautiful sunset to end the day. This section’s design transcends the soothing allure of the fiery skies and is designed by Shantelle Joseph of ChrisKDesigns.
4: Coconut Candy: Known for its white and pink colors and irresistible coconut crunch, this section too leaves you with a sweet taste. It is based on the local sweets produced throughout Caribbean islands and is designed by Shantelle Joseph of ChrisKDesigns.
5: Ocean Sky: This section embodies the calming element of the blue skies and white sandy beaches of the islands and is designed by Shantelle Joseph of ChrisKDesigns.
6: Hummingbird: It’s beautiful array of colors and freedom of the wild is represented in this section’s design. This section is designed by Simmone Alexander
7. Nutmeg: This is the VIP section, which represents a tribute to the homeland, the true beauty of Grenadian history and culture. It is designed by Shantelle Joseph of ChrisKDesigns.
According to Purtell, “the VIP section is for persons who want to experience more than just the all-inclusive package,” which is inclusive of “j’ouvert and Monday night packages, along with eats and drinks just to name a few.
In addition to this all inclusive package, persons playing in the VIP section would get premium party tickets, premium drinks on the road, make up packages among other trinkets, which will be more elaborate than the standard.
Purtell said prices for the various sections of Levels Mas ranges from US$280-US$900.
Levels Mas camp is located on Gore Street in St. George’s.