A mas band new to the Cayman Islands will be coming all the way from the United Kingdom to join this year’s Cayman Carnival Batabano parade. Well ahead of the 5 May parade, however, Genesis will be coming to Grand Cayman to introduce themselves and launch their Batabano costumes.
Band leader Symone Williams, will be at the Rooftop Lounge at Trilogie Plaza the evening of 22 March, for a special event during which the band will be introduced to the Cayman community. Some of the latest soca music will be played and the costume designs for Cayman’s Batabano will be unveiled.
This will be the first time a carnival band from overseas has taken part in Batabano in the Cayman Islands, says Donna Myrie, chairwoman of Cayman Carnival Batabano.
“We are really pleased to have this band joining us this year. We have been trying to attract bands from other Caribbean nations for years, but Cayman is not easy to get to from other islands, so it’s particularly exciting to have a carnival band with such a great reputation coming – and from so far away,” she says.
Genesis founder Vernon “Fellows” Williams was a founding member of London’s Notting Hill Carnival and the costume design company has been in business for more than 30 years. Genesis has received numerous awards and accolades and have been involved in carnival celebrations in Europe, the UK, Africa and Asia.
Its theme for Batabano is Myths and Treasures Beneath The Sea and costumes will be based on Greek and Roman sea gods and nymphs.
“The costumes are colourful with large headdresses, and attention to detail is evident. We focused on a feminine design for the women; the men’s costumes are quite bold and strong with bright colours,” Symone says.
The event at the Rooftop Lounge is open to the public. Admission is free. Those wishing to join the band can order their costumes at the event, or online.