The Professor on TRIBE NYC Launch

To say that I was excited to be attending a TRIBE 2010 carnival band launch is an understatement. Doors at the venue were scheduled to open at 3pm on Sunday August 9th and show time was slated for 6pm. I got to M2 Ultra Lounge, formerly Mansion, a little after 5:30pm. The line outside wasn’t all that long but getting escorted in past everyone by the promoters of the event was a nice feel lol. Now let me tell you, just by sheer virtue of the venue itself, the promoters, ShorBlu Events, and TRIBE scored major brownie points. M2 is one of the most exclusive clubs in what is by far one of the most exclusive cities in the world and is not easy to come by so kudos to the team on securing such an upscale location which in my opinion is quite befitting for a band of TRIBE’s caliber.

There was already a sizeable crowd on the inside when I got in. Everyone was mixing, mingling, drinking and grooving to the music round the outside edge of a huge semi-circular lounge chair. In the center of the inside of that VIP lounge area was a plus sign shaped catwalk platform, my guess was that the models would be taking to that center platform come show-time seeing as they weren’t allowing anyone into that area. I positioned myself as close to the front as possible after I had said my pleasantries to my other friends in attendance, wanted to make sure I had an unrestricted view of the show once it got started. The show didn’t start at 6pm as advertised but I didn’t mind and it didn’t seem like others cared either cause Back2Basics, Sounds4Life, Jugglers Sounds and the other djs on rotation that evening had the mixes flowing really nicely. Round 7pm an announcement came that complimentary food would be served by roaming servers. Very nice touch but I wasn’t sure how it would work out seeing as the crowd was thickening. From where I stood the servers never got to us and I didn’t mind that either cause I wasn’t hungry anyway lol, I did see people behind me with food though and it looked good. About that same time they opened up the upstairs to everyone and the promoters let select patrons with a special colored wristband, myself included, and media personnel into the center VIP area so we could await the start of the show. Turns out I didn’t have to worry bout finding a good vantage point after all because I had a front row seat to the action. The media positioned themselves around the plus sign shaped catwalk platform while the rest of us had to take a position on the huge semi-circular lounge chair.

Show time got off the way round 7:30pm and by now M2 was packed to capacity. Two female acrobats took to the front holding onto silk drapes which hung from the ceiling some 60 or so feet up on either side of the stage while the host, BET personality Jeanille Bonterre, made her way onto the bigger stage. Wow she looked like a goddess. It was finally time for the action to begin. The presentation started off to great fanfare with a spectacular aerial performance by the two acrobats set to epic oriental music while the host read a narrative to introduce The Secret of Silk. 5 minutes later the models took to the catwalk platform.

1st up was Miss Trinidad & Tobago World 2005 Jenna Marie Andre in Osage. This one is a new personal favorite of mine. Charmeuse was up next followed by Lapis Lazuli, then America's Top Model contestant Camille McDonald in Zari. That section was followed by another one of my favorites, Habotai, and then came Tyrian Purple, Mulberry and finally Xi Ling Shi. There was only one model per section and they all appeared in floor member costumes with the large headpiece option, no male costumes were shown and I’m not sure why The Mystery of Loulan, Eri, Serica, Silk of Rajasthan and Threads of Morocco were no shows as well. The models all gave a good account of themselves and wore the costumes well, it was evident however that not all of them had that island spirit in them cause some of the attempts at wining had the audience in laughter lol. I would have loved to have seen Loulan and Threads of Morocco but I was pleased and satisfied nonetheless and of the 8 sections on display that night my favorites still remained Osage, Charmeuse, Habotai, Mulberry and Xi Ling Shi. The other 3 are cool but just not top picks of mine. In all the entire presentation from acrobatic display to the final costume walk ran about an hour and it was a very well put together and very well received showing for the promoters and TRIBE.

The party continued up till 11pm and except for the ridiculously priced drinks, which had nothing to do with the promoters or TRIBE mind you, the evening was a huge success for me. I’m looking forward to it again next year. I’m guessing we only got 8 sections because it was the 1st year they were doing the event and hadn’t worked with these promoters before, therefore, TRIBE wanted to see how they would handle the task, if that be the reason then I’m sure next time we’ll be in for a full roster of costumes, including male and frontlines because in my opinion ShorBlu Events did a great job.

Thanks Professor! 
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6 comments

  1. Very nice review! I'm sorry I missed it! ShorBlu usually has great promotions and events!

    I hope they have another TRIBE NY Launch next year as well!

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  2. THANK YOU & YEAH THEIR THURSDAY AFTER WORK EVENT IS A MUST FOR ME ALMOST EVERY WEEK, MATTER OF FACT I'M PLANNING ON GOING THIS WEEK LOL. BASED ON HOW THIS YRS EVENT WENT I'M PRETTY SURE THEY'LL BE DOING IT AGAIN CHANNELL, FINGERS CROSSED THOUGH.

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  3. LOL. I figured out who the professor was within the first paragraph.

    Nice review.

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  4. nice review professor!!! and u co-own karma??? no wonder dey so cute :) lol good luck with ur new band.

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  5. THANKS NICKY, APPRECIATE THE LOVE & SUPPORT, 1ST YR SO WE COMING SMALL BUT STILL INTEND TO BE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. SO FAR SO GOOD.

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