The following is an independent user submitted review: I received a call from a friend about a new band called ‘the Lost Tribe’. I was a bit curious as I had always complained that there was no band that existed that merged ‘marse’ with an efficient all inclusive package at a reasonable cost. I was assured that this new band would appeal to all of my concerns and with this in mind I made my way down to the mas camp on launch night. At first glance I was totally psyched about the costumes. Hands down Roar of the Road was my favourite as I have always wanted to play in a lion costume! I eagerly swiped my card and registered in Lost Tribe. Upon collection day, distribution was to begin at 5pm at the Trinidad Hilton. Upon arrival there was already a queue at 5pm and I was made to wait (even though I had paid off in full to qualify for fast track collection). The process was a slow one which was quite unusual for the TRIBE brand. When it was my turn, they could not find my box. Oddly I was calm, but eventually my box appeared and most importantly my pants and jersey were present and in my size (S). I was most pleased when I got home as the headpiece and backpack were well constructed. Nothing was falling apart. Never have I been so pleased with a costume since I last played with Macfarlane in 2011. I did not have to alter or fix anything. It was the complete opposite to the costume drama in Paparazzi last year. My only complaint was that the gloves that came with my costume did not have the print ‘grafitti roar’ on it. On the website and prototype, this was prominently displayed but I guess it was not feasible to do. This however was not a major issue for me. Carnival Monday My friend and I met the band about 10:45 ish as it made its way down Richmond street towards the South Quay judging point. Men were given a lost Tribe t shirt and the women were given a black and white sheet to wrap and swag as they desired. Everyone was pleasant and nice to each other, and we were all taking pictures of each other. No one was acting stush or snobbish, as I have seen in other bands. We then crossed the South Quay stage and then made our way towards the savannah. This is where I became concerned though. The DJ continued to only play 2015 music. Furthermore for every 1 2016 song played, this was followed by 2 Machels. I do not know if this band is contractually obligated to only play machel or if it was a case of trying to find the right mix, but on Monday the music totally sucked. My friend and I decided to visit Bliss while they were on Mucurapo Road and that band was pumping with music from various years. The band stopped for lunch around 2ishpm in the afternoon. The tents were well stocked with water, gatorade and various food options. I had the grilled chicken and steamed vegetables with potatoes. The chicken tasted so bland…bleh However the lunch stop had clean toilets, ample blankets and a live steel band. The band played a mix of old school calypsoes and Tribe must be commended for incorporating the national instrument and original artform into the day in some way. The band wrapped up on Monday around 7pm. Carnival Tuesday The Lost Tribe stated that they would be moving off at 6:45am. I did not leave my Tantie’s house until 8:30am.
By this time the band had already left. To me this was not an issue. What annoyed me was the fact that when we went to get the shuttle bus, the driver out right refused to let anyone into the maxi, claiming that he does not know where the band is and would not leave until he does. How could you not know where the band is, if it is your job to know? He then jumped into his maxi and drove off leaving about 15 people on the road. Stupid and ridiculous. Anyways, after a quick phone call, I joined the band on Charlotte street where I had breakfast. Doubles, Bagels, sada and various sandwiches were available. They were tasty as well. The drinks truck was also out in full force just like monday. My only complaint was that they were so tall that people had to stretch and tip toe to reach them. I must say, the band looked wonderful. We looked beautiful. The costumes had presence on the road. Locals and tourists alike were stopping us for pictures. Also the designers, Valmiki and JP could be seen walking through the band fixing and editing costumes. To me that is real customer service right there! The music tuesday morning was still bad…1 2016 song, 2 machels…so much so that a guy in my section threw a tantrum and regretted playing in the band. He kept comparing the band to YUMA and TRIBE. I then explained to him that those are wine and jam bands. This band is for you to play ‘marse’. It is not the same experience. I told him to calm down and the day would be better. When we made it to the savannah and after a brief presentation we mashed up the stage. It was epic and again it was a refreshing change of pace to the usual bikini and beads. Once off stage we made our way to the lunch stop, where I had a tasty pelau. Also on both days we were given ice lollies. Bathrooms were clean and equipped. There was also a massage tent. Once again pan music was also played. Once the band resumed, the music was much better. Somehow the DJ started playing music from other years and this was when masqueraders really let loose. We then crossed the Ariapita avenue stage and then headed back towards King George V park where the band ended at 7:45pm. Final Verdict I have not had this much fun on a tuesday in years. Hands down one of my favourite years. My only issue with this band was the music situation which thankfully was sorted by lunch time on tuesday. The same guy who had the fit in the morning even admitted that he was having a much better time after lunch…and he was well wineing up on women…so clearly he was pleased. HA! Therefore I will give the Lost Tribe an A-. Asics Pas Cher There are some kinks to work out as is the case with all new bands but I must commend them: road service was on point. Costumes were on point. Alterations and edits were on point. Stage experience was on point. And they placed second in the band of the year which is an accomplishment by itself. There is only room for bigger and better things.