TnT Boys Mas portrays ‘Poison Garden’

Trinidadian Linda Beckles, member of TnT Boys Mas, poses with “Viva La Vida.”
Photo by Nelson A. King

TnT Boys Mas is hoping to “break-through” this year in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway with “Poison Garden.”

Trinidadian band leader Derek Beckles told Caribbean Life over the weekend that “Poison Garden” represents “all the beautiful colors that came from the fruits, animals, plants and flowers.”

He identified the all-female, five sections as Viva la Vida, Forbidden Fruit, Foxgloves, Triumph, Angels and Pulmonanaria.

Beckles said 100 masqueraders in “Poison Garden” comprises Caribbean and American nationals, adding that they can expect “a great time and excellent music.”

Music on the road will be supplied by Toro Sound System, with DJs EHP, Renee, Pupp and Big Rob.

Beckles said TnT Boys Mas placed second three years after the band’s formation in 2005, and first in 2013.

“We were a group of friends from different Caribbean islands hanging out together on 34th (Street) and Church Avenue (in Brooklyn), and we decided to form a band (mas),” said Beckles about the notion of forming TnT Boys Mas.

The mas camp is located at 1618 Nostrand Ave., corner of Tilden Avenue in Brooklyn.

Beckles can be reached at (929) 210-0014; tntboysmas@gmail.com; Instagram: tntboysmas; and on Facebook: tntboys.

Photo by Nelson A. King

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