NAME: Asela Marriott
OCCUPATION: Senior Operation Assistant/ Flight Management @ IOM – UN Migration Agency
WHEN AND WHERE WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU TOOK PART IN CARNIVAL? Berlin. I believe it was 2004 or 2005.
WHICH BAND DID YOU PLAY WITH? Back then, Berlin didn’t have a band but a truck. Everyone was welcome to just jump in (we probably didn’t have more than 30 people behind the truck).
DESCRIBE YOUR COSTUME IF YOU CAN REMEMBER? First year it was just a shirt. A couple years later we started organising ourselves with a few ladies. We started designing and making costumes - the beginning of Mas in Berlin.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TUNE THAT CARNIVAL? Maybe Machel ft. Doug E. Fresh - 'We Not Giving Up'. I remember that was my tune.
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF THIS DAY? First off, the way carnival unites people is/was incredibly beautiful to me. That first experience spiked a brand new passion and love for the culture. I had never felt that free before, and the fun I had was indescribable.
HAVE YOU BEEN BACK TO THIS PARTICULAR CARNIVAL? Yea, it was my hometown's Carnival… I loved it so much, I started to get involved more and more each year.
IS THIS YOUR FAVOURITE CARNIVAL? IF NOT, WHICH IS AND TELL US WHY. Berlin Carnival has a very special place in my heart - it’s my hometown and I was part of a group of people that worked hard to help Berlin Carnival grow tremendously. Buuuut boy do I love Trinidad and Jamaica Carnival… This is a tough question to answer, I'll leave it at that.
ANY CARNIVALS ON YOUR AGENDA FOR 2020? Only Bermuda and LA so far. That'll most likely be it for me.
DO YOU HAVE ONE PARTICULAR CARNIVAL YOU’RE STILL DREAMING TO ATTEND ONE DAY? There are a few, but high on my list is Grenada! Jab is calling my name.
WHAT IS YOUR FAV SOCA TUNE AT THIS MOMENT? I don't have one, but I’ve been really into Lucian Soca.
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