SWAHA: Band leaders need to be more sensitive to emotions of population

The local arm of SWAHA says bandleaders need to acknowledge prevailing emotion in the population, before deciding on concepts for bands.

The organisation was responding to a recent controversy on the presentation of Brian MacFarlane's 2017 Carnival Band.

One section has been criticised for the use of clothing that resembles that used in the Hindu religion.

The following is SWAHA's statement.

"The recent controversy regarding the portrayal by a particular section of a Carnival band signals the need for greater awareness of the sensitivities of our population.