Thursday, March 10, 2011

Back to D Savannah and TRIBE

So, after the shit experience with Spice last year I went back to band I knew that surely would not fail me in terms of customer service and costume quality. I must say, for the 2 years that I've been away from my beloved TRIBE, it has changed and not for the better in my opinion.

Carnival Monday, I arrived just as we were crossing the stage and I could not help but notice a large number of BLISS masqueraders in their costumes well palancin across the stage with us. But I let it slide, it's Monday , you know? But what got me cross was when I reached the lunch stop, I got food quite easily, cause simply, put I do not dilly dally around D Savannah, after I cross it's food time. My cousin on the other hand who did not want what I got, was having a lot of trouble to get food. In the first of all my mas playing entirety, TRIBE ran out of food! YES......YOU HEARD ME!!!! TRIOBE!!!!!!!

I overheard caterers telling other masqueraders they catered for the amount they were asked to cater what happened? Word on the street is some BLISS masqueraders (the same ones crossing the stage all up in our band) were served food! Now I do not know how true this is, but I hope it's a lesson to TRIBE maybe to start including some form of Monday wear to make your masqueraders easily detectable. Sure not everyone will wear it, but if you make it cute, like the Xian FL monokini's they got, it'll be worn.

We had Mr. Iwer George, perform for us on Stanmore before we left and I s till think that man should've won Soca Monarch....but yes the vibes were a plenty and flowing Monday

Carnival Tuesday now, I reached the band on time! Got my breakfast, bake and buljol and chugged down some blue waters. Our music truck met us on Park Street and jamishness began on Frederick. Our wait to cross the Savannah was not too long, but I will say again as I did last year, after paying close to $4000, I do not feel I should be getting drinks from the Savannah vendors. Bands, please try to invest in those Rotoplastic drinks barrel carts and wheel around water and pepsi or something while we wait to cross, you know it's not going to be any 20 minute process and you know the sun is with me nah.

Once ah-flickin-gain there were BLISS Masqueraders in our band AGAIN....crossing the stage with us AGAIN!!!!! I could understand getting a lil mixed up with Amazon and Amazonia but there is no yellow and blue in TRIBE(Caprica) and nothing that looks like Pele either.
But on crossing the stage I must admit that TRIBE was significantly smaller than last year. I like the size it was neat.

After crossing we took off to the park and trust, the issue did not happen, I would go as far as to saying they had too much food now. My only complaint, it may sound petty, but I said this the last time I played with TRIBE, if you're going to serve me a huge breast....chop it up, if not give boneless and stop trying to make me look ghetto with this damn breakable plastic fork, no knife and a big ass piece of chicken.

There was also foot and back massage service available...I took one and my God! Please bring it back next year!!!!! (Peter-Anne! I rate yuh)

Now is when the commess start.

So apparantly all the other trucks silently crepped away and only until the last truck start to play music did we realise the band done up and gone. So here is the majority of the band running to catch up to the truck. Now when I see we make a right on Tragarete road, instead of a left. One eyebrow raise. But I said to thyself....
"Self...they must be going down that road with one woodbrook place and ting doh beat up"

Well that was not d case because as soon as we went around that round a bout the blasted truck starta speed down the road. I by the entrance to the barracks and the truck is by Courts speeding going. Now I didn't go to the gym, but apparently I reallll fit cause I ran behind that truck until we reach the flickin amphitheatre!

Ah say early still we will go down d avenue then come back up or something man.....boyyyyyyyyy was I wrong. TRIBE had yet to go on the avenue or downtown. I don't really care for Downtown, but at least the avenue nah....that's where a lot of dissappointed family members were waiting to see me. In the booklet the route states town and Ariapita, so what happened? Not to mention I didn't get my Mario's eh....I ain't see it yet. We stuck around on the Tragarete for a long time until I decided to leave.

And another thing, the top of my bra strap was covered with brocade, needless to say by 3pm I was steadly re-adjusting my strap because of how uncomfortable it was. Not a bright idea.

All in all I'd give TRIBE a 6.75 out of 10, for the mere fact that I feel as though I am paying more and more and getting less. I remember is 2008, I couldn't walk out with my costume and goody bacg at collection by myself, the amount of things I got was ridiculous, I remember the freeebies on the road itself, and for that I am a tad disappointed. Maybe the management of TRIBE has put more into BLISS and as a result TRIBE's standards have declined. All i know is it's still better than Spice any day all day....


Anonymous said...

The wait to cross the stage was drinks truck around so we had to buy was blistering hot out there. The food situation was crappy...we had it Monday and readjusted to suit on Tuesday.
The costume tops were very well made...however the Bottoms in our section were atrocious....thank goodness for having your own.
The Trucks decided to race off after lunch without so much as a 'ready, get set...Go!' So we were running to catch up...
However, iz nothing that Tribe did, or didnt do could dampen my mood. It simply means looking elsewhere...

JD said...

I Cannot Believe that I had to chase the trucks for drinks whole day(unless we weren't moving for hours).
I fully agree with your water before the stage idea, I couldn't even buy water because foolishly I thought I was in an all inclusive band that would cater to my needs so I was dehydrated burning and failing by the time i got near the stage random masqueraders kept asking me if i was ok.
I was in gladiators and I did not appreciate EVERY MAN JACK from every other section and even BLISS a different band shoving me to get on the stage..... I hadto run behind a drinks truck AGAIN when i crossed the stage to get water on the way to the park, when I got there most of the food stalls were out of food ...... there were about three still operational and I had no choice in what I got to eat ...... and the people around the park who had nothing to do with tribe were ridiculous and people kept asking me for my head piece....... (because I obviously paid 600+ to give it away ..... right....)

shells said...

Hey, from what I know TRIBE didn't go onto Ariapita cause there was some fighting/bottle-pelting and they were turning bands away from there. With the sprint into St. James when some trucks drove off...not cool.

The drinks thing on the approach by Memorial Park, not the fault of any band...that was the fault of NCC making drinks trucks turn off onto Keate street AND then not allowing them to park up there so that masqueraders could stock up, very very poor road management by NCC.

Trinidad Carnival Diary said...

Mimi my friend played in TRIBE in a Bliss Amazonia costume but she had a TRIBE band. TRIBE sold her the costume on Sunday because that was all that was left. Check out her hand band, it is orange. Bliss had a purple band. She was not the only one in a Bliss costume with a TRIBE hand band.

mimi said...

JD I had vex money but it was a bill and I was not prepared to spend ah set of money on chicken or somethng to get change for water.

Shells I know, that's why I suggest the blue waters cart things from rotoplastics.It's on foot, don't take up much space, 20 of those and we in a gear.

@TCD so why bother give them a TRIBE Band then? like I said I can understand Amazonia, but you can't tell me homegirl from caprica with her 1 titty in a nipple cover n the other in a cage bra and her pallywalls had TRIBE arm band too?

Trinidad Carnival Diary said...

They gave her a TRIBE band because she wanted to be in TRIBE. Remember this was Carnival SUNDAY. Cannot speak for anyone else, just know about my friend's experience.

JD said...

Well honestly I was going to take a lil change with me but my friends dissuaded me saying that ITS TRIBE !!!! you doh have to fight up for anything ..... this was one big disappointment I swear people reeeel fool me with their recommendations ..... and doh get me started on the quality (or lack there of) of my costume

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