The words “Nuh rain cyan stop dis jam,” aptly describe Kontact’s band launch of 2018. Though showers of blessings came down intermittently throughout the night’s proceedings, the models were ready to show what was on offer, and why the rains would not stop them from displaying the colours. The Road Ahead is this year’s theme and from all that was displayed during the presentation; Kontact is ready to play mas.
Ten sections make up the bandand – GateKeeper, Utopia, Bacchanal, Mysterious of time, Serenity, Light Bearers, Envy, The Wanderer, Guardian Angel Dreamers – noticeably more than many of the other bands launched for Kadooment so far this year.
In my opinion, the costumes were nice, well designed, with interesting concepts that would suit a variety of persons who will [want to] jump on Carnival Monday. However, [some elements of the presentation] were not ideal. The stage had no form of cover or protection when mother nature decided to rain down on; [it also] was not ideal for taking nicely framed photos as it seemed a bit small compared to previous years; and the persons controlling the fog clearly had fun during the night because it was overused in the beginning stages.
Despite all of that, I strongly believe Kontact had a strong opening this year. Why? The costumes were full of colour and were certainly eye-catching. Right off the bat, Utopia and GateKeeper were my favourites. ‘GateKeeper’ alone with its mint and peach colour combination had that hard-hitting [wow] factor we normally look for on the road when we think of beautiful costumes. Light Bearers drew a few dropped jaws from the crowd with its beautiful feather array and rich [hues of] orange, blue and green.
The surprise for the night was the announcement of three individual sections of the band – Miss Mischief, Spirit Kontact and Shades Green. The reveal was well met with onlookers inquiring in the early about how many of these costumes would be available for purchase.
“Rich colours” is how I would describe the presentation at the end of the night; the way the sections had coloured themes that blended well with each other, showed that attention to detail played a big part in how Kontact tackled the year of 2018. The Road Ahead for them seems rich and bright.