UNDER DE SEA MAS for Kiddies Carnival Presented by Touch Radio NYC
The theme comes from continuous brainstorming amongst the producers, but its true origin comes from the Caribbean people’s relationship to the sea,” said Trinidadian bandleader Dwayne Raye, co-producer with compatriot Nikki Cross, in a Caribbean Life interview.
“Without bodies of water that surround us, our life and celebrations of life – carnival, playing mas, etc. – would be impossible,” he added. “It is an ode to the sea through our children.”
Raye – who, over the years, participated in a number of bands in the West Indian American Day Carnival parade, including Hawks International, Savage, Borokeete and Chocolate City – said “Under De Sea” comprises six female and two male sections.
We are confident that we can place high in the eyes of all with vision,” he said. “Our goals are to compete in every level with our ground-breaking ideas.
“We compete because of our background and (for) the sake of keeping up with the traditions of the various countries we represent,” he added.
“Our history should not subside because we have migrated to America but should flourish because of this melting pot,” Raye continued. “We would enjoy the idea of competing in every major carnival in America and return to our various islands to show how we have held onto the history and traditions of our people.”