At Carnival Expo, I first found out about Caribbean Sessions as a mas band. They hosted a stall with a vibrant costume displayed on a mannequin on the Saturday. Naturally, I was curious and wanted to find out more. I spoke to CJ, CEO of the company.
Caribbean Sessions is a multi-branded company, established in 2013. CJ described the company as a tree of firm roots with many branches. It is divided into four parts; mas costumes (this year will be this company’s first year participating in Notting Hill Carnival in costume) , radio (there is an online radio station), apparel (Men and women’s t-shirts) and events (there is an event every three months; Summer Jam, Return Fete from Trinidad and a Halloween Party).
The ethos for Caribbean Sessions is ‘Many islands, one vision’. This company is said to represent all islands so music from all islands will be played on the road at Notting Hill. The aim of the Caribbean Sessions is to promote Caribbean culture and soca globally.
The theme of Caribbean Sessions costumes is called ‘Sunset’. Now looking at the costumes, I am seeing the colours blue and green and thinking to myself ‘I ain’t never seen a green sunset before’. But apparently there is! CJ explains the green sunset is the rarest sunset known. Hence the green of the costume. And the blue feathers represents the sky. I needed to google to check that out myself. And there it is, not photoshoped but images of green sunsets! Imagine that. I must say the green and blue of the costume is very eye catching and the model and co-founder Rhianna was photographed continuously on the Sunday. Prices range between £175.00 for the male costume to £275 for the female frontline. The cost also includes goodie bags, breakfast, lunch, security as well as national and international DJs. As stated earlier, this will be Caribbean session’s first year on the road in costume and so they will be hosted by Chocolate Nation mas band.
I saw the Caribbean Sessions team doing their thing at Carnival Expo. They were very visible with Rhianna having a fantastic time in costume and promoting their band and culture.
Caribbean Sessions have launched online and costumes have been sold. However, there will be a second opportunity to see the costumes live as they will be showcasing their costumes at the Chocolate Nation band launch on May 29th.
So for a multifaceted band on the road with global ambitions, wishing to bring the Caribbean community together, the band that introduced me to the concept of a green sunset, Caribbean Sessions is your band.
For more information on Caribbean Sessions Mas Band, please visit www.caribbeansessions.co.uk or Caribbean Sessions on Facebook.