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Mas Jumbies
FOUNDED 2007
BAND TYPE Jouvert
COUNTRY Trinidad & Tobago
J'Ouvert 2007 marked the birth of the MAS Jumbies in Trinidad & Tobago. The presentation was called Diable and was both different and unique; it introduced a unique way of seeing of how the modern J'Ouvert mas could be played. We stressed on costume, an attention to aesthetics and tradition; the band was a modern abstract impression of the Devil Masque. The band influence was via the infamous Jab Molassie, but also drew additional inspiration from other forms of the Devil Masque like the Bookmen. In 2008 we presented our 2nd presentation for J'Ouvert, called JAB, this time going further into the avant-garde, to present our interpretation of Trinidad Carnival's beloved Devil Masque. JAB was a band that represented all the traditional Devils of Trinidad Carnival from the Red Devil bands of 1910 to the Blue Jumbalassie that preceded them.

The year 2008 also marked our first foray into the official J'Ouvert competitions held by the NCC and NCBATT at South Quay, in which we placed 1st in the Small Bands Category and 3rd for J'Ouvert Band of the Year. Our 2009 presentation Diabolus Imperium it would be our most ambitious and creative offering to date. Diabolus Imperium was based both on the traditional Devil Masque of Trinidad Carnival (specifically 1906-1911) and the paintings from the Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (1453-1516). Seven sections would weave their way on J'Ouvert morning on the streets of downtown Port-of-Spain; the band would place 3rd at the South Quay J'Ouvert competitions.

Our 2010 presentation L'echo marked our 4th year of producing mas in Trinidad. This band took a change in direction as we now married the traditional with the fashionably modern aesthetics in producing our designs. The period of L'echo which stood for Echoes was the late 1800's, just before the infamous Canboulay Riots of 1881. Our band of Marchandes, Stickfighters and Pai-Banans, came 2nd in the NCBATT Downtown J'Ouvert competitions and 3rd in the NCC J'Ouvert competitions on Piccadilly Greens.
2011 THEME: Bourgeois
DESCRIPTION Bourgeois is our 2011 J'Ouvert presentation. The band takes its main inspiration from the Carnivals held in Trinidad during the early 1800's (1783- 1805). Carnival was brought to Trinidad by the French immigrants in the 1770's. Prior to that there was no account of Carnival being in existence. Before the French arrival, Trinidad’s population was very small, however after 1797 (British capture) it grew considerably including a very large number of African slaves. Carnival in those times was exclusively enjoyed by Society’s Upper & Middle classes which meant the slaves were barred from this event. It was only after the Emancipation of Slavery in the British Colonies (1833), that slaves were legally allowed to participate.

Before the Emancipation of Slavery early Carnivals in Trinidad were quite different. Pierre Gustave Borde's Historie de la Trinidad provides vintage accounts illustrating the French planters were a true rural aristocracy and authorized to wear the sword of Louis XIV. As a very close knit group the planters withheld their cultural standards and customs to the hilt and Carnival was one of these. In those days Carnival would commence from Christmas and ends on Ash Wednesday. It was characterized by “a contagious gaiety, brilliant verbal sallies, and comic buffoonery which made the subject of the morrow's conversation.”[1] This period was also marked by elaborate and lavish masked balls and the customary evening house visits in costume. After the British capture, Carnivals continued with formal masked balls held by the British Governor Sir Ralph Woodford at Government House in St. Ann's.

Although legally barred from Carnival, the slaves secretly partook in it during their day offs. Some of the talented ones were called to perform at the various masked balls. One account from 1826 tells that a slave called Ofuba the Chantwell was often called to perform the "neg deye potla" to much delight (Borde) and while another called Jack Bowell used to dance dress as a French Marionette (POS Gazette, 1826). During this time the slaves slowly began to influence the French Carnival with their African culture. This infusion culminated on the Emancipation of Slavery and started a the period, known as the “Jamet Carnivals.” Many of the traditional masqueraders had their early roots here, like the infamous Jab-Molassie, the Dame Lorraines, the Chantwell and even the princely Pierrot. This is where Trinidad Carnival begins and the story of the Bourgeois in unfolds.

The band will consist of seven (7) costumed sections, modern in design and infused with early 18th century fashion aesthetics. It will be our most elaborate presentation to date to mark our 5th Anniversary in the Trinidad J'Ouvert arena (2007-2011).
SECTIONS Les Dames Vertes (The Green Ladies)

Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor in 1804 and was keen to make France a leader of fashion and innovator of design and craft skills. During the French Revolution the French textile industry had suffered and unlike in England, use of textile machinery had been non existent. Emperor Napoleon stopped the import of English textiles and he revived the Valenciennes lace industry so that fine fabrics like tulle and batiste could be made there. Dresses, especially in the Empire Style were fashioned from white muslin. They were very Grecian in style and hence put an end to the hoop dresses and corsets. Bonaparte was following a long tradition of promoting the French economy through fashion. The Green ladies are an abstraction on some of the trends that existed at that time; namely the cocked bedecked hat and the long silk waist sashes that usually complemented the white muslin dresses.

Les Dames de Bordeaux (The Ladies of Bordeaux)

One of the oldest cities in France, it was settled between 30,000 and 20,000 years ago by the Neanderthal. In the 16th century it became the center of the distribution of sugar and slaves from the West Indies. During the 18th century it was in its golden age. Many downtown buildings (about 5,000), including those on the quays, are from this period. Victor Hugo found the town so beautiful he once said: "take Versailles, add Antwerp, and you have Bordeaux". Baron Haussmann, a long-time prefect of Bordeaux, used Bordeaux's 18th century big-scale rebuilding as a model when he was asked by Emperor Napoleon III to transform a then still quasi-medieval Paris into a "modern" capital that would make France proud.

Les Femmes du Bourbon (The Women of Bourbon (frontline member) )

The House of Bourbon dates back to at least the beginning of the 13th century, when the estate of Bourbon was ruled by a Lord, vassal of France. With the course of time, the House of Bourbon would become one of the most powerful ruling families of Europe, with its members becoming monarchs of Navarre, France, Spain and southern Italy and rulers of several important duchies. During its heydays, it saw the rise of the absolute Monarch King Louis XIV (The Sun King) in France and end of the French Monarchy via the French Revolution in 1789-99.

Les Femmes du Bourbon (The Women of Bourbon (backline member))

The House of Bourbon dates back to at least the beginning of the 13th century, when the estate of Bourbon was ruled by a Lord, vassal of France. With the course of time, the House of Bourbon would become one of the most powerful ruling families of Europe, with its members becoming monarchs of Navarre, France, Spain and southern Italy and rulers of several important duchies. During its heydays, it saw the rise of the absolute Monarch King Louis XIV (The Sun King) in France and end of the French Monarchy via the French Revolution in 1789-99.

Les Gentilshommes d'Orange (The Gentlemen of Orange)
The Gentlemen of Orange came from The Principality of Orange (Principauté d'Orange) was (from 1163 to 1713) a feudal state in Provence, in the south of modern-day France, on the left bank of the River Rhone north of the city of Avignon. It was constituted in 1163 by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I and finally ceded to France in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht.

Negue Jardin (Garden Negores)

The Negue Jardins or Neg Jades (Garden Negores) are the oldest masque in Trinidad Carnivals' repertoire of traditional Carnival characters. It is essentially the "masters" dressing up like their Field Salves with charcoal rubbed skin and less lavish attire. They came from the early Carnivals of the late 1700's and was exclusively played by the white and colored classes of the society. This masque was often referred to as an aristocratic masque and was even portrayed by patrons to Governor Woodford's Carnival Balls held at Government House in St. Ann's. By 1840 this masque was well established as part of Trinidad Carnival, so much so that the Trinidad Sentinel in 1860, remarked that " princes and lords of the land paraded in sooty disguise of the Negue Jardin".

Vive la France

The national flag of France (known in French as drapeau tricolore, drapeau français, and in military parlance, les couleurs) is a tricolour featuring three vertical bands colored royal blue (hoist side), white, and red. It is known to English speakers as the French tricolour or simply the tricolour. Blue & red are the traditional colors of Paris, used on its coat-of-arms, Blue is identifies with St. Martin and red with St. Denis. White had long been featured on French flags (also used by the Royal Family) and is described as the "ancient French color". White was added after the French Revolution in 1798 to "nationalized" the design, thus creating the Tricolor. The tricolor, which combines royalist white with republican red, came to be seen as a symbol of moderation and of a nationalism that transcended factionalism.



PACKAGE Road Package & General Information

40 ft. Music Trailer with DJ Robin.
Private Security Team
Mobile Bar
Breakfast (salt fish buljol & bake and ham & hops)
Spiked warm Irish Coffee
Our unique J'Ouvert costume
Complimentary white body paint via a mobile cart
We start at 3am (assembly @ 2.30am) and end at 9am.

Our start point (assembly) will be announced via our masquerader information sheet at time of costume collection.

Costume collection dates are March 2-7, 2011, location will be announced in January 2011.
MUSIC BY DJ Robin
PAST THEME
2011 - Bourgeois
   
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