The Trinidad Express reports that Mas man Brian MacFarlane has won the George Bailey Band of the Year title for the fifth consecutive year for his presentation, “Humanity—Circle of Life.” The second-place went to Trini Revellers and their presentation, “Tales of Merrie Olde England. See excerpts with a link to the full article below:
The National Carnival Commission (NCC) announced the winners of Carnival 2011 at a news conference at the VIP lounge of the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain yesterday. MacFarlane is now one win away from matching the record set by masman Wayne Berkeley, who won the award six times between 1989 and 1994.
In 2007, MacFarlane won the title with India—The Story of Boyie; in 2008, with Earth—Cries of Despair; in 2009, with Africa—Her People, Her Glory, Her Tears; and in 2010, he captured the title with Resurrection the Mas.
[. . .] According to the NCBA, medium band Just Friends was the first band to cross the stage at 8 a.m. on Tuesday while the last band to cross at 11.20 p.m. was medium band D Band Kalalloo.
Speaking after the announcement of the winners yesterday, Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston “Gypsy” Peters said he was not entirely satisfied with the length of time it took for masqueraders to cross the stage. Peters said: “I want to take the opportunity to thank all the masqueraders, those who behaved well and those who did not behave well on the stage…and hope that next year, they will understand when you’re crossing the stage, please, for God sake, when you get to the end, go off the stage and allow other people to come on so that we have a smooth Carnival because Carnival is televised around the world, and we want them to know that we have a smooth running.”
[. . .] Peters said he was very pleased with his first Carnival as the Minister responsible for the event and hailed it a success. “Carnival 2011 is nothing more than a success story because at the end of the day, Carnival is supposed to achieve a couple of things: one, relative safety for all of the people involved, secondly, Carnival is supposed to bring people because without the people, we don’t have any Carnival, and we have done that,” he said.
In the medium category, Ronnie and Caro the Mas Band copped the first prize with their presentation “Survivors” while the Catholic organisation The Word and Associates, who presented “Genesis 1— Creation,” placed seventh, beating Genesis Carnival and Carvalho Mas.
See a video of Humanity—Circle of Life here:
For original article, see http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Five_in_a_row_for_MacFarlane-117709633.html
For more information, see http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/10/brian-mc-farlane-humanity-circle-of.html
See MacFarlane’s artist’s page at http://www.macfarlanecarnival.net/