What happens when colour and creativity collide and are energized with spectacle? We get the Year of the Savage of course. At their weekend launch, the five-year-old Krave the Band signalled its intentions to bring the full action, no posing, to this year’s Crop Over season.
The stage was set early in the proceedings with strong showings from the selected DJs, DJ Psalms and Mad Russian to name just a few, and it was left up to the organizers to deliver what was promised – action with energy.
With section names such as Headhunter, Pagan, Mesoa, Iskaba, Witch Doctor, Beautiful Savage, Forbidden, Chameleon and Rituals, it was not hard to see why they chose such an aggressive theme for this year’s festivities. Krave was out to fight, and fight they did. The sections had a distinctive Native American and African tribal flavor to the designs which were personally appealing.
Witch Doctor’s individual costume, with its interesting arrangement of blue, red, and orange feathers dominating the headpiece and leg fixtures, certainly grabbed some attention. But it was the neck garb which resembled a giant centipede that took the breath away. I look forward to seeing Barbadians this year facing their sworn enemy while playing mas down to Spring Garden.
The spiked headpiece of the Head Hunter’s costume is a showstopper, exuding raw, visceral, aggressive energy.
If Head Hunter was the showstopper, the queen of the band costume must be the grand finale – loud, potent, and it “slayed”. It was obvious the piece was not exactly ideal to wear for the whole day, however in terms of exclusivity, and the sheer looks of it, Krave certainly has a crowd pleaser on their hands.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes after the launch, CEO and bandleader Avery Hackett had strong words for his competitors this year.
“It’s been a crazy journey, coming from a place where we know nothing about mas, to a point where we understand it, appreciate it, and you live for it. We have been laid back on how we treat the market, our competitors, and how we view carnival in Barbados, so this year we wanted to say, let’s go back home… let’s take the gloves off.”
Now that Krave has signaled its intention this year to be serious with Crop Over, it will be interesting to see how other band leaders respond to the challenge. Can they too be savage? (SB)