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MWL_20080419_5738.jpg- Gail Cabral prepares a costume prototype at her Valsayn home in April, 2008. The band’s principal designers, Cabral and sisters Lana and Monique Nobrega, design by prototype.
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MWL_20080622_8128.jpg- One hundred and eighty models faced a panel of selectors in June 2008, who shortlisted 20 models. The panellists, from left to right are; Peter Elias, Richard Dookhdeen, Anthony Hall, Gail Cabral, Calvin French, Adrian Raymond, Monique Nobrega, Danielle Boucaud and Lana Nobrega.
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MWL_20080710_9504.jpg- Sandra Hordatt airbrushes makeup for Faces of Tribe runner up Jaime Lee Phillips in preparation for a promotional photography session.
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MWL_20080710_9532.jpg- Solange Shaw-Gopaul adjusts an armband on the costume worn by Teri Leigh-Bovell before a promotional photography session.
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MWL_20080726_1598.jpg- Monique Nobrega adjusts the costume fit on a model before the launch of the band's costumes at Pier 1, Chaguaramas in July 2008.
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MWL_20080419_5693.jpg- Monique Nobrega prepares a costume prototype at her Valsayn home in April, 2008. The band’s principal designers, her sister Lana and Gail Cabral design by prototype.
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MWL_20080710_9512.jpg- Plastic tubs lubricate Tribe's production process. The containers are used to ferry materials to suppliers, bring costumes back to the camp in bulk and here, to organise costumes for a photography session for the band's promotions.
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MWL_20080726_1678.jpg- Faces of Tribe winner Stephanie Llanos has her costume adjusted by Richard Dookhdeen and Anthony Hall of Richard and Anthony Productions before the band's launch of its costumes in July 2008.
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MWL_20080726_1686.jpg- Models prepare for the public launch of Tribe's costumes at Pier 1, Chaguaramas.
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MWL_20080726_1830.jpg- President George Maxwell Richards and his wife Jean are photographed by the press with Tribe models at media presentation for the band’s launch. This is the fourth year that the President has signed up to play mas with Tribe.
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MWL_20080727_1956.jpg- Faces of Tribe runner up Jaime-Lee Phillips (centre, front) leaves the stage at the band’s launch.
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MWL_20080813_2790.jpg- In August, the band opened costume sales to its loyalty card customers and for online sales. Eighty percent of the band sold out that evening.
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MWL_20080813_2803.jpg- In August, the band opened costume sales to its loyalty card customers at Cascadia Hotel and online for web sales. Eighty percent of the band sold out that evening.
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MWL_20080813_2873.jpg- In August, the band opened costume sales to its loyalty card customers and for online sales. Eighty percent of the band sold out that evening.
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MWL_20080817_3237.jpg- Bandleader Dean Ackin works with photographer Jermaine Cruickshank (hidden) to produce a photo of the Faces of Tribe winners at the band's award ceremony for the competition. Posing for the photo from left to right are; Jaime Lee Phillips, first runner up, Jeffrey Charles, male winner, Miss Trinidad and Tobago 2008 Gabrielle Walcott, female winner Stephanie Llanos and second runner up Victoria Jaggesar.
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MWL_20080822_3275.jpg- The band posted this notice on the front door of their Woodbrook headquarters in August 2008.
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MWL_20080925_5023.jpg- Discussing variations in batches of material colour are Aldrin Mohammed and Charmain Gardeneir of Samaroo's with Mike Nobrega and Vindra Sooklal of Tribe's production team.
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MWL_20081123_6015.jpg- Suppliers and contractors compete in a game of musical chairs at the band's second family day.
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MWL_20081123_6024.jpg- A moment of camaraderie at Tribe’s family day for suppliers. The November event was the second gathering of the band’s workers and contractors.
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MWL_20090103_7344.jpg- Kristy Ramnarine hangs lights in preparation for the band's first Carnival event, Tribe ICE at the car park of St John's Ambulance Brigade.
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MWL_20090104_7387.jpg- Patrons prepare drinks at Tribe ICE Carnival party, a "cooler" fete.
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MWL_20090105_7466.jpg- In early January, Christmas and Carnival mingle on costume contractor Donna Camacho’s living room table.
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MWL_20090113_7756.jpg- Barbara Attai manages costume distribution for Tribe.
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MWL_20090113_7796.jpg- n the final steps of the Tribe production process, Fiona Martin finishes packaging and Simone Medford (far right), checks the manifest for each costume before passing each package to her husband Dominic.
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MWL_20090206_8760.jpg- Band workers stuff promotional and gift items into "goodies bags" given to masqueraders when they collect their costumes.
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MWL_20090208_8935.jpg- At the Panorama Semi-finals Tribe associates Red Ants convened a 'posse' to celebrate music, food and drink.
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MWL_20090208_9034.jpg- At a pre-Carnival planning session, the band's executive discuss the parade route with an emphasis on the free flow of the masqueraders. Clockwise from top right; Dean Ackin, Gail Cabral, Mike Nobrega, Gerard Ramirez and Monique Nobrega.
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MWL_20090209_9079.jpg- On the first day of costume distribution, racks of headpieces for the costume Flight of the Ibis await the band’s masqueraders.
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MWL_20090211_9179.jpg- On a lot in Carlsen Field, Tribe’s support trailers are repaired, refurbished and repainted for duty on the road on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
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MWL_20090211_9229.jpg- At a pre-Carnival meeting of the leaders of Tribe's security teams at Cascadia Hotel, participants pass around a sample of the band's identification wrist band while Gerard Ramirez and Allan Lee (at front) explain procedures.
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MWL_20090212_9411.jpg- Michael Lee Poy helps Jhawan Thomas our of the King Cobo costume registered as Tribe’s king. When the costume was assembled at the preliminary competition, it was decided that the safety risk of the design was too great for the stiltwalking performer and Thomas never left the costume assembly area.
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MWL_20090218_9425.jpg- On the Wednesday before Carnival, the dressed and refurbished containers are loaded onto trailers and welded into place in preparation for the move to Port of Spain.
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MWL_20090218_9466.jpg- Masqueraders read notices from their peers giving notice of costumes wanted or offered for sale in the last few days of costume distribution at Cascadia Hotel.
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MWL_20090219_9839.jpg- Blossom Duncan prepares the male individual costume for the Ruby Topaz section of Tribe at Richard and Anthony Productions’ studios.
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MWL_20090220_9920.jpg- The Tribe faithful at the Tribe Ignite fete held at Jenny’s Car Park on Carnival Thursday. The band performing is Asylum, featuring Edwin Yearwood, Bunji Garlin and Faye-Ann Lyons-Alvarez.
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