Five-time Band of the Year winners SVG Players International Mas and Cultural Organization presents for the 40th anniversary of Vincy Mas 2017, Star 2525 â âThe Future is Nowâ.
The 12 sections were unveiled last Tuesday at a launch ceremony that took place at the Peace Memorial Hall.
The bandâs artistic director and designer, Julian âPellingâ Pollard, in giving an overview of this yearâs production, noted that it is âfuturisticâ in concept, stating that the portrayals depict what is likely to happen in the next 500 years.
However, Pollard cautioned, âWe as humans can put things right,
but if we continue in the way in which we are living, these are the things which are going to happen to us.â
The sections are therefore named âContagiousâ, âUnited States of Africa (USA)â, âLaser Ladiesâ, âQueen Iceâ, along with âStar Gateâ and âEmpire Strikes Backâ.
Other sections are âCelestial Star Childâ, âScorched Heatâ, âSky Netâ, âS.E.X.Y Botâ, âZombie Apocalypseâ and âElectro Magnet Pulseâ.
Pollard confirmed that the band is staying within the trends of previous mas presentations. He projects another high standard of mas from his band, a hallmark of the organization over the years.
Pollard believes that the bandâs production this year can add to the Band of the Year titles won in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013.
He underscored that on each occasion that SVG Players International has won the Band of the Year title, it has secured the Junior Band of the Year
SVG Players InternaÂtional, which made its debut on the local mas scene in 2001, apart from the five Band of the Year titles, has placed second on seven occasions and has so far copped six Junior Band of the Year titles, in addition to nine Sections of the Bands crowns.
Also counted among SVG Players International winnings for the past
16 years have been
some Junior and Senior Queen of the Bands triumphs. SVG Players International is aiming to net between 800 to 1,000 masqueraders for its 2017 presentation.