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Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by The Trinidad Guardian

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Laventille Rhythm Section plays a lively sailor mas

While the dust from Carnival has settled, many will recall with a broad smile the infectious, dedicated mas played by a small group of revellers from the Laventille Rhythm Section: a knot of “sailors” with their own home-made float: a gunmetal grey warboat called Bismarck, which sailed with the Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra this year to help them win the Large Band of the Year prize in the portrayal Ships Ahoy at a French Festival.  Led by Trevor McDonald, this small section in All Stars truly “played a mas,” for they stayed in character all day long, to the delight of all around.

As photographer Maria Nunes, who chronicled the band on Tuesday, observed in her photo blog the next day: “All you could do was smile and marvel at the cannon that blew powder…the radio phone made of a juice carton that blew powder out of its antennae…the two telephones attached on either side to the deck of their battleship Bismarck that they spoke on all day…the radio tower for the ship complete with plastic bottles for either end…the mechanisms they made to make the cannon blow powder…the name of the cannon ‘Look Trouble Now’…the time they must have taken to make this mas and make sure all their elaborate powder puffing mechanisms worked…oh my goodness…all they did was fill my heart with joy. They were the spirit of Carnival for me yesterday.”

The T&T Guardian visited the revellers at their “headquarters” at Marcella Street, Laventille—the backyard garage of an old house, where the friends have been gathering to lime for years.  The float, say the men, was inspired by the German battleship Bismarck launched in 1939.  “The Bismarck name came from an old man I met liming in a bar in Diego Martin,” said one of the men, Koro Hills.  Bismarck was among the largest and most powerful battleships ever built by Germany for World War II, with a revolutionary design for its time.

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