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Bacchanal to raise bar

BY BRIAN BONITTO
Associate Editor —
Auto & Entertainment
bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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CARNIVAL powerhouse Bacchanal Jamaica says it intends to continue being the ultimate premium experience for soca lovers.

Michael Ammar Jr, a director of the 18-year-old outfit, was speaking with the Jamaica Observer ahead of Bacchanal's 2018 season launch at Serengeti located at the Hope Zoo in St Andrew on Saturday.

“We're the only ultra-premium road march experience in Jamaica. Bacchanal Jamaica is more premium than the most premium Mas product out of Trinidad,” said Ammar Jr. “In fact, for the past two years, we received a 98 per cent in terms of quality from TriniJungleJuice and we intend to get at least a 99 per cent this year.”

Headquartered in Trinidad, TriniJungleJuice is a Caribbean website which not only tells the story of carnival around the world, but ranks and rates them.

The Bacchanal director was unwilling to speak on several aspects of the band ahead of its launch. However, he was willing to give a peek into this year's costume designs.

“We have a whole team of designers out of New York, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica... The designs are very Brazilian in nature, using cutting-edge material. There's a front line and super front line, which are very beefed -up costumes for the persons who want to go out and put on a show. There is also a 'Sunday Wear' for people who don't want to wear costumes; these have been jazzed up and fancier,” said Ammar Jr.

“There's a smoother distribution system of costume in place. Also, we have a delivery service for a small additional cost. All that information will be on our website at 9:00 pm on Saturday night,” he said.

The director said Bacchanal's Road March will feature live acts in addition to disc jocks.

“We'll have KES (the Band), Destra, and (Ricardo) Drue, as well as top deejays from around the region and globally,” he said.

Saturday's launch will feature DJ Lantern and new sensation DJ Tyler on the turntables.

“DJ Tyler has managed to bridge the gap between the teenagers and the more mature soca fans. We feel he will be able to attract the younger crowd who might not yet be fully exposed to soca and that will be good Bacchanal,” said Mathew Khoury, part of the organising committee.

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