Let the reveling begin: Bahamas Carnival officially launched
An unnamed headlining artist along with “the King of Soca” Machel Montano, “the Fireman” Bunji Garland, “the Queen of Bacchanal” Destra and a number of Bahamian artists will top the stage for Bahamas Carnival 2019.
“No headliner as yet. It’s too early to disclose that,” said Polantra Media’s Sebas Sebastian. “We know who the headliner is, but we prefer to keep the excitement, and anticipation, and suspense going. But it will be an artist that our revelers and concert-goers will enjoy seeing.”
The fifth Bahamas Carnival was officially launched yesterday under the theme “Bahamas Carnival Mas in Paradise”, inviting everyone to come and play mas in paradise during the year a new route along the seashore also comes into play.
“This year is going to be just like no other,” said Bastian of the May 3-5 Bahamas Carnival.
“We have a lot of exciting additions that we will be adding to this year’s lineup. The headliner will be announced in short order. Revelers can expect an experience like no other.”
Rafel Dean, president of the Band Owner’s Association, said they are confident the new route will be permanent going forward, but that it will start and end at familiar locations. The new route will allow masqueraders to have a longer time on the road, give more spectators the opportunity to view the parade and vendors to make money.
It was a decision Dean said was based on feedback from revelers in their request to have more road time, and spectators wanting more options to view the parade with easier access.
“As these two demographics are the biggest stakeholders, the adjustments were made,” said Dean.
Polantra’s Trevor Davis said he thinks Bahamas Carnival 2019 will top what they did last year.
“Last year we had a trump card in the likes of [DJ] Khaled, and, believe me, we’re still working hard to make sure that the excitement is more than we had last year,” said Davis.
Registered bands this year include Bahamas Masqueraders, Barabbas & the Tribe, Enigma, Euphoria Madness, Explosion, Feeling Fetish, Fusion, Hypnotic Mas Band, Island Rhythms, JunkaBrations, Karisma, Sting, Vindi, Xtacy and Xtreme.
Anthony “AC” Coakley, a Carnival Band Owner’s Association representative, said there are a slate of events that are going to lead into the main Carnival weekend, with next month’s collaborative truck fete experience, where all of the bands are going to be hitting the road in what he said will be a real kickoff to the party season for Carnival.
The Bahamas Carnival provides a vibrant experience, rich with culture that uniquely incorporates traditional carnival vibes from around the world with a touch of Bahamian flavor in fun, fare, music and arts.
A catalogue of events are on the schedule to get people ready for ‘di road’ – whether they want to be in the center of the madness or visually take in the experience, Bahamas Carnival caters to people’s needs to fete till they sweat or watch it all roadside. But the main feature will, of course, be the Road Fever.
BTC is the title sponsor for Bahamas Carnival 2019, along with Commonwealth Brewery Limited, the Grand Hyatt, Baha Mar, Superclubs Breezes and Bahamasair.
Jennifer Basden, Bahamasair representative, said the airline was privileged, thrilled and excited to be a part of Bahamas Carnival 2019 and would be offering airfare as well as packages inclusive of accommodations to people coming in for the event.
Creswell Ferguson, Kalik representative, said the brand has been a sponsor of the event since its inception and was pleased to continue its partnership as they look at Bahamas Carnival as a celebration of Bahamian entrepreneurship, art, culture and music. As such, the brand feels it was its obligation, as a corporate citizen, to do as much as it can to sustain and help expand the culture of The Bahamas.
Hedda Smith, head of sales and marketing, Breezes Bahamas Resort and Spa, where they have been a part of the Carnival experience since its inception, said they were once again proud to offer accommodations.