Our Story

Our Story

For Carnival 2019, The Lost Tribe will present Taj, a theme inspired by the stories surrounding the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Directors Note

Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to welcome you to THE LOST TRIBE experience for 2019, TAJ

Despite knowing the story of the Taj Mahal from before, nothing could have prepared me for experiencing its presence in person.

India was like walking through a story book. It was a sensory overload and visual paradise. Everything I touched, and saw was like kerosene to the flame of my imagination…and this was the experience that I wanted to bring to the masquerader.

The Taj looked like it floated, and was as beautiful as my history books described. There was a beauty in the silence around it, and the silence amidst the crowds. It was awe inspiring.

This year our band is being presented to you as a collection of poems. Each section is inspired by a line of poetry relating to the TAJ.

This tale of love and grief has drawn parallels in my own life and I would like to dedicate this work to My Mother, ‘Bas’ and our ‘Uncle Mike’…may we build a monument to you made of love, dedication and art.

I would like to thank you for taking this journey with us this year, and look forward to presenting TAJ on the streets for Carnival 2019 with you!

See you on the road!


The Lost Tribe Design Team

Since inception, The Lost Tribe has served as an incubator for a wealth of creative talent. Our 2019 presentation ‘TAJ’ came to life as a result of insightful collaboration between our designers, under the watchful eyes of Creative Director Valmiki Maharaj.

Our design collective this year includes Peter Elias, Charu Lochan Dass, Keon Chow Cop, Shari Cumberbatch, Shawn Dhanraj, Naasir Mohammed, Shandelle Loregnard, Ris-Anne Martin, Atiba Borde and JP Richardson.

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