As it celebrates its 11th year participating in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, the Bronx-based DJ Morrishaw Productions says it’s feeling “Da Vibes.”
Band leader Jefroy Morrishaw, who was born in St. Thomas, of St. Kitts and Nevis roots, told Caribbean Life that the band’s presentation, “Feel Da Vibes,” is adopted from a “catchy phrase by one of the popular musical bands in St. Kitts, Nu Vybes.”
Morrishaw — who has over 30 years of mas production in St. Thomas, St. Kitts and Nevis, and New York — said his production comprises four costume sections, and one folklore and one t-shirt section.
The costume sections are: Venus; Black Ice; Peggie’s Pride, in honor of cancer victim Delia Fahie; and Feel Da Vibes, representing the Caribbean Sun.
Morrishaw said the 140 masqueraders come from “a cross section of Caribbean nationalities, second and third generation Caribbean youths, and friends of the Caribbean.
“Our mas band is designed to have fun,” he said. “Though it is a competition, we consider ourselves winners through our participation.”
Over the years, Morrishaw said his production has “brought tons of fun and entertainment, and also some pertinent messages, such as cancer awareness.
“Our revelers normally have a great time representing their flag in this prestigious event annually,” he said, adding that DJ Morrishaw Productions is “preparing to have a lot of fun and also spread the cancer awareness message in tribute to the late Delia Fahie, who was an active member of the organization.”
He said he has a “dedicated group of volunteers to ensure that we are fed and lubricated with water and other beverages.
“The object is to sensitize everyone to the culture of the entire Caribbean,” Morrishaw said. “This would be channeled through our music, costume, food, drinks and gyrations.”
He said masqueraders will sway to “surprise DJs.”
Morrishaw can be reached at (917) 597-0195, or at jefro