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J’Ouvert City International kicked off its 2018 celebration by honoring 25 individuals from our community who have worked hard behind the scenes to ensure that our culture is maintained in Central Brooklyn. They were known as “J’Ouvert Cultural Ambassadors”.

J’ouvert 2018 will go down in history as a splendid demonstration of heritage, national pride and community cooperation. The pre-dawn celebration which takes place in the heart of Central Brooklyn was incident free. The participating bands of which there were more than 25 displayed exotic themes such as: Carenage Meets Wakanda, A Sailor’s Journey, All Hands on Deck, Colon Panama 507 and The Spirit Warriors. Included were several Steelband orchestras and Rhythm groups that filled the air with sweet musical sounds. It was a spectacular event to witness. However, the only thing marring this year’s celebration was the post media reports maligning the festival with a barrage of negative publicity attempting to link us to violent crimes which took place far removed from the parade route.

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STEELBAND  "Bomb" Competition

Pan Liberty Steel Orchestra
Winning Steelband Bomb Competition - Pan Liberty - J’Ouvert 2018 Brooklyn


Results Steelbands Tune Played/Arranger Points
1st Pan Liberty Caribbean Queen - Reynold "Pro" Huggins 269
2nd Next Generation In Steel A Wonderful World - Jelani Fernando 203
3rd Legend Stars Mora - Jeffery Pierre   190
4th Hearts of Steel I Write This Letter – Tony Trebuse 152
5th Philadelphia Pan Stars Sound Check - Yohan Popwell 146
6th Port of Spain Pan Groove Beyond the Stars - Oscar Williams 132
  Despers USA did not play a Bomb Tune   n/a
  D’Radoes did not play a Bomb Tune  n/a


Despers USA 2018
Winning Steelband Calypso Competition - Despers USA - J’Ouvert 2018 - Brooklyn


Results Steelbands Tune Played/Arranger Points
1st Despers USA Year for Love - Odie Franklin 356
2nd Pan Liberty Hello - Reynold "Pro" Huggins 348
3rd D’Radoes Year for Love - B.J. Marcelle 342
4th Next Generation In Steel Hello - Iman Pascall 333
5th Hearts of Steel Hello - Ryan Williams 321
6th Philadelphia Pan Stars Year for Love - Yohan Popwell 318
7th Port of Spain Pan Groove Madness - Oscar Williams 307
8th Legend Stars Hello - Jefffery Pierre 306


New York Jab Jab, Kutters Rhythm, Paint Army,
Spice Isle Rhythm, Steve Massive Rhythm, Sumkinabakanaal, Real Jab Jab

Jab Jab
Jab Jab - J’Ouvert 2018 - Brooklyn


Results Rhythm Bands Points
1st Paint Army 264
2nd Sumkinabakanaal 251
3rd Spice Isle Rhythm 249
4th Steve Massive Rhythm 234
5th Kutters Rhythm 229
6th New York Jab Jab 198
7th Real Jab Jab 180


Wendell & AssociatesPagwah2J & FriendsRoy Pierre & AssociatesLegend StarsGreen House Jab JabOildownersNo SleepingNew York Jab JabBarbara & AssociatesKutters MasCarenege UnitedThe Real Jab Jab


Roy Pierre and Associates
Winning Fancy Old Mas Competition - Roy Pierre & Associates - J’Ouvert 2018 - Brooklyn


Results Mas bands Portrayals Points
1st Roy Pierre & Associates All Hands On Deck 385
2nd Pagwah The Spirits Warriors 380
3rd 2 J & Friends Colon Panama 507 340
4th Legend Stars Tout Baggi    245
5th Barbara & Associates  Life's Ah Jungle 240
6th Kutters The Spirits That Live In The Mangrove 215


Carenage Meets Wakanda
Winning traditional Old Mas Competition - Carenage United - J’Ouvert 2018 - Brooklyn


Results Mas bands Portrayal Points
1st Carenage United Carenage Meets Wakanda  345
2nd No Sleeping & Wendell & Associates A Sailor’s Journey to Egypt 340
3rd Oildowners Who Is Mad 335
4th Greenhouse Jab Jab The Agony Of The Heat 330
5th The Real Jab Jab   260
6th New York Jab Jab   220


Results Bands Individuals Portrayals Points
1st 2 J & Friends Kendell Julien El Man Manuel Noriega 335
2nd Roy Pierre & Associates-John Anderson Eric the Viking John Anderson       325
2nd Pagwah        Tribute to African Tribal Warriors Curtis Noel 325
3rd Carenage United Black Panther of Wakanda Herman Gillman 305


Tribute to Nzhinga
Winning Individual Female - Sandra Bell - Pagwah - J’Ouvert 2018 - Brooklyn


Results Bands Individuals Portrayals Points
1st Pagwah  Sandra Bell The Spirits Warriors 350
2nd 2 J & Friends Janet Lewis – 1st Lady  Lorena Castillo de Valera 345
2nd Carenage United Magajiya from the Kingdom of Carenage Debbie Lawrence  345
3rd Roy Pierre & Associates-John Anderson Lasertha Viking Warrior Woman              Carol Corridon 340
4th Kutters     160

Flag Waver

Flag Waver
Winning Flag Waver - Elizabeth Taylor - Carenage United - J’Ouvert 2018 - Brooklyn


Results Bands Individuals Points
1st Carenage United Elizabeth Taylor 180
2nd Pagwah June Bristone 140
3rd Despers USA Najami Lazama 110
3rd Hearts of Steel Jennie             110

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From the News Desk of J'Ouvert City International (JCI)

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+Well done. (Kudo's) aka: Tahzann/ aka: Curly!!!


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