*uses Foghorn Leghorn voice*
Yes. I’m back. With slightly more manners than last year but I’m back. I’ve finally gotten over the Carnival flu I picked up in Trinidad this year and nursing a serious tabanca. When I tell you this tabanca bad I am not even kidding. There were a couple of days I was considering just giving up everything and using Gofundme to take me to the next carnival (but I have shame sometimes so no).
Despite the tabanca, I was shocked when I heard bands would be launching in March and fete tickets being sold already for the last week of Crop Over. Bajan promoters not making sport this year. They’re like “Yeah I see the economy in shambles so I giving y’all two extra months to get your coin together for Crop”. I’m not mad at them at all.
Zulu International tout themselves as the “fun band” so I was curious to see if the launch would live up to the slogan.
We parked on what we discovered to be the outskirts of the venue, mainly because there was no one to direct patrons to the more than adequate parking closer to the venue. No big thing though because as long as I’m not robbed I really don’t mind walking a bit to the fete.
Belleview Plantation. This was my first time at this location and I really like it. It was spacious and there was a cool breeze the entire night.
Qu’est-ce que le fuck? I mean why? Why do y’all continue to oppress me like this? You don’t have gin but you have Passoa, like it’s 1998, and Ponche Kuba.
Yes, you read that right. Ponche Kuba was on sale by the bottle. I didn’t see any great-aunts in attendance so who was that Ponche Kuba for? I guess that’s what your sponsors gave you but… bruh no.
A friend and I ended up buying a bottle of vodka (regretting this currently) because the bar was only selling by the bottle and the other friend drank Guinness.
The vibe was ok. I mean just ok. You could tell the DJs were working hard to hype the crowd. It’s too far outside of Crop Over for a full hype fete.
Zulu’s theme this year is Wanderlust. I went to the launch expecting to see the usual suspects for a wanderlust theme, China, India and Africa. I was kind of surprised at the depictions presented because they kept it mostly regional and didn’t do an African theme despite being named after an African ethnic group.
Each section, except the last, was preceded by a dance or martial art from the country being depicted.
The overall production of the show was well done and the costumes are definitely a cut above last year but I didn’t see anything that made me gasp and immediately want to sign up. I’ll be going to the band house to look at them more closely, though. Most of the costumes were designed by Trinidadian duo Richard and Anthony who are fresh off the heels off Trinidad Carnival and a bacchanal with their section in Fantasy Carnival (maybe I’ll write about that in the near future).
You can view all of the costumes on Zulu’s Facebook page
This is where I give Zulu full ratings. They models represented a wide spectrum of complexions, a variety of sizes and were mostly homegrown beauties.
The models sold the costumes and I find this to be sadly lacking at band launches. The Zulu models as soon as they touched the stage brought vibes and danced and carried on like it was Kadooment Day already. When “Do It Fuh Daddy” comes on a model gives you a full juck down to the song then, yes, your models have sold your “fun band” slogan.
*Disclaimer (cuz people love to run dem mout): Do Dixie is affiliated with no band or business for Crop Over. I do run Juck Down, a 12- week women only training program designed to make women Crop Over sexy and do dixie on the road during the season (and yes this is a completely shameless plug)*