Erup looks to the future
Despite some hiccups on the road this past Crop Over, new Kadooment masquerade band, Erup, says it will be back bigger and better next year.
One of the directors, Hakeem Fergusson, said the band faced a number of challenges but members enjoyed themselves nonetheless. He offered sincerest apologies to those who were affected on the day.
“Apologies for the inconvenience for the people who didn’t get their costumes. About 15 persons didn’t get their costumes,” he said. “Some of them opted to jump in their own clothes, but a few decided not to jump at all. We really tried our best.
Next year will be bigger and better for sure.”
He attributed the problems to difficulty in getting the costumes to the island on time. “We had issues with production and the distribution of costumes,” he explained. “We also had problems getting the costumes to the island and that added for a greater distribution problem.”
For that reason, Fergusson said the band is considering making the costumes locally going forward. He said the band has learnt from its mistakes and will look to make things better for their 500 plus revellers.
“Overall I think this year was a phenomenal year. Lots of stuff we learnt from this year. It was a learning experience for us. In life, we always learn from our mistakes and we will look to correct our errors going forward,” the young bandleader said.
Despite the challenges, Fergusson said revellers enjoyed their time on the road. He congratulated his team for doing a good job in this regard.
“We were actually sold out this year. We had a phenomenal response. Everyone looked past the challenges. We had 12 on the team. They made it all come together. Thanks to everyone who contributed,” he said, adding that the band will be around for a long time to come.