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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

ALKEBU'LAN... Beyond the Nile

Toronto Revellers - Caribana 2007 Band of the Year
They are having their band launching on Saturday May 10th, 2008 at @ The Armenian Community Centre 45 Hallcrown Place (Victoria Park Ave & 401)
Their presentation this year is entitled "ALKEBU'LAN... Beyond the Nile”
Alkebu’lan is said to be the original name used for the continent that is now called Africa. So, you can safely bet that the band will look to Africa, for inspiration.
Toronto Revellers have grown by leaps and bounds in the 5 short years that they have been in the game. After having won both the Kiddies and band of the year titles last year, the size of their band should grow considerably (I think they were the largest band last year).
I don't have any friends who played with them last year. (probably because I lime with a slightly older crowd) but, the costumes were beautiful and the people looked like they were having a time and if they did anything really bad we would have heard about it because people like to complain more than they give praise.
Not only that , but I like how Maglorie gets involved with the youth and other charity in the city. His fame might draw in the second and third generation kids who were born here and don't have such a strong Caribbean connection. If he can help to influence them to take pride in their Caribbean roots, they might actually see themselves putting on a costume and ensuring that mas will continue to evolve in Toronto. I wish him and his band the best of luck.
So if you are looking for a band to play with, especially if you are younger or maybe a basketball fan, you might want to check out this band. Or at least go to their launch, it sure to have plenty attractive young ladies.
They also have a contest going on to win a male and female costume, plus a pair of tickets to their band launch. All you have to do is give a name to their salmon colored section.
For details and to check out the rest of their website go to http://www.torontorevellers.com


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