‘Mask Fo So’ for SVG Connect • Caribbean Life


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Verna Arthur (right) and JoAnn DeShong at a fundraising cake sale.

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Verna Arthur, the Brooklyn-based founder and bandleader of the two-year-old SVG Connect, says it will be “Mask Fo So” for this year’s J’Ouvert in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“As part of our costume, revelers will be wearing masks, and they will be playing mas; hence the double entendre, ‘Mask Fo So,’” Arthur, a Vincentian-born cultural figure in New York, told Caribbean Life on Sunday.

“While female is the larger group of people who participate for carnival, last year, we had a large percentage of men from New York; persons we didn’t expect to play J’Ouvert played,” added Arthur, who coordinates the…

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