Skymaxxmas reveals ‘Hidden Treasures’

Masqueraders in "Hidden Treasures." From left: Dalila Pantaleon, of Trinidad and Tobago, portrays "Ameythst Goddess," Mischa Clarke, of Jamaica, portrays "Lapis Lazuli," Shanice Darville, of St. Lucia, portrays "Garden of Eden" and Jassmin Yalley, of Ghana, as she portrays "Sunset Treasure."
Masqueraders in “Hidden Treasures.” From left: Dalila Pantaleon, of Trinidad and Tobago, portrays “Ameythst Goddess,” Mischa Clarke, of Jamaica, portrays “Lapis Lazuli,” Shanice Darville, of St. Lucia, portrays “Garden of Eden” and Jassmin Yalley, of Ghana, as she portrays “Sunset Treasure.”
Photo by Nelson A. King

As it participates in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade for the second successive year, Skymaxxmas hopes to reveal “Hidden Treasures” on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway.

“There are so much beautiful places in the world — some we get to see in person, some we get to see on TV,” said Band Leader Kison Ventour, who hails from St. Andrew’s, Grenada, in a Caribbean Life interview at the mas camp on East 94th Street in Brooklyn.

Grenadian-born Ermine Paul with masquerader Jassmin Yalley, of Ghana, as she portrays "Sunset Treasure."
Grenadian-born Ermine Paul with masquerader Jassmin Yalley, of Ghana, as she portrays “Sunset Treasure.”Photo by Nelson A. King

“But there are some we may not ever get to see,” he added. “Some are covered by jungles and hard-to-get-to places. Those I call ‘Hidden Treasures.’”

Ventour said some of the seven sections in the medium-size band comprise Sunset Treasure, Garden of Eden, Lapis Lazuli and Ameythst Goddess.

He said about 25 masqueraders will play in each section, stating that they come from “all over.”

Shanice Darville, of St. Lucia, portrays "Garden of Eden."
Shanice Darville, of St. Lucia, portrays “Garden of Eden.” Photo by Nelson A. King

“It’s a mixture of Caribbean culture,” Ventour said. “I try not to keep it Grenadian alone. We have Trinidadians, Panamanians, Guyanese, St. Lucians, Grenadians, and masqueraders from Toronto.”

He said registration is picking up, as masqueraders learn that the Carnival Parade is on this year.

“So, we’re expecting a full, last-minute set of people coming,” said Ventour, a former DJ-turned-mas man.

Mischa Clarke, of Jamaica, portrays "Lapis Lazuli."
Mischa Clarke, of Jamaica, portrays “Lapis Lazuli.” Photo by Nelson A. King

“I used to be a DJ, but I don’t do it anymore,” he added. “I was always a masquerader — Jab Jab; it’s a Grenada thing.

“People can expect lots of colors and lots of happy people, because Labor Day is back — a lot of soca, a lot of excitement,” Ventour continued. “As soon as people learned that Labor Day is back, it was non-stop calling.

“People are even coming from Boston,” he said. “People are excited to be back, because not everybody can go to Miami or Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.”

Dalila Pantaleon, of Trinidad and Tobago, portrays "Ameythst Goddess."
Dalila Pantaleon, of Trinidad and Tobago, portrays “Ameythst Goddess.” Photo by Nelson A. King

Ventour disclosed that six DJs, including the chief, Militant J, a Barbadian, will furnish soca music for masqueraders.

The mas camp is located at 589 East, 94th St., between Linden Boulevard and Avenue A in Brooklyn.

Ventour can be reached at [email protected], or call (347) 615-9430.

 

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