In my opinion ,Lord Kitchener’s ” Is de Pan in Me” is the perfect steelpan calypso.
As a matter of fact , I think it should be some sort of a pan players anthem.
Apart from the sweet and exciting melody , the Grand Master’s lyrics tell a story that is all too familiar with those of us who , as youths , went against our family’s wishes, and joined steel-bands in the nineteen fifties and sixties , a time when steelband players (mostly young men back then ) were considered almost “outcasts” , as claimed by the Mighty Sparrow in his hit calypso, “Outcast”.
Lord Kitchener’s “Is de Pan in Me” ( Lord Kitchener)
By the same token , I also happen to think that Jit Samaroo’s arrangement for Renegades did justice to the tune.
As a matter of fact , I also happen to think that the arrangement is perfect for the tune , even though it didn’t catch the judges fancy that year at panorama.
Not enough “bells and whistles” or fancy flourishes , I guess.
Lord Kitchener’s “Is de Pan in Me ” by Renegades Steel Orchestrs – A Jit Samaroo arrangement.