Pan Night And Day

“Pan night and day “ is one of Lord Kitchener’s best, most musical steelpan related calypsos. Indeed, in 1985 it featured at panorama in an unusual tie for first place between Desperadoes and Renegades. However, even as far back as 1985, The Grand Master was concerned about the absence of the steelband from the streets … Continue reading Pan Night And Day

CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA.

There are a lot of crazy conspiracy theories masquerading as legitimate information circulating on social media nowadays. You know the ones, lately they're about plots including , 5g technology , COVID-19 Bill Gates, Big Pharma (though I'm no apologist for them) , now Dr. Fauci., and numerous others. A lot of this stuff is put … Continue reading CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA.

Reviewing and Renewing the Steelband/Carnival Connection!

Let us really do something for pan! The think is, whether we wish to accept it or not, there’s an historical and cultural nexus between the carnival and the steelband, and that’s the lens through which most of the world see the steelband. Because , if we know our cultural history , it was the … Continue reading Reviewing and Renewing the Steelband/Carnival Connection!

Singer/Composer Dennis Williams, – Merchant- a unique calypso star.

Dennis Williams Franklyn , aka Merchant, was orphaned at eleven and grew up in an orphanage in Belmont, Trinidad.As an adult he led a troubled life , spending time in prison , becoming addicted to drugs , and dying of Hiv/Aids in 1999. However he was one of our most gifted calypso composers, and created … Continue reading Singer/Composer Dennis Williams, – Merchant- a unique calypso star.

A Fire in Babylon

The fine documentary “ Fire in Babylon” tells the story of the West Indian cricket team tour of England in 1976.South African born English batsman Tony Grieg promised on television to make the West Indians “grovel”.Whether or not he meant it, the West Indians took it as demeaning and racist, and showed their anger in … Continue reading A Fire in Babylon

Panorama Skills on the Home Front? No!

In Uncle Sam’s Concrete Jungle by panist and Vietnam veteran Dalton Narine  Remembering Vietnam Buddies under Fire When World War II began, the Venezuelan military was badly in need of modernization, and the United States was eager to help in return for Venezuela’s support in the war. My grandfather, Federico Gonzales, volunteered and headed straight … Continue reading Panorama Skills on the Home Front? No!

AMERICA REMEMBERS

From Buddhist to Warrior Fighting for Family                          By Dalton J. Narine (decorated Vietnam veteran)                 A heartrending story so painful you cannot bring yourself to put it down! ARVN (Army of the Republic of Viet Nam) soldiers in 1968   The AK-47 round that Nam Van Nguyen took in the leg wasn’t by happenstance. … Continue reading AMERICA REMEMBERS

Remembering playwright and screenwriter Tony Hall, another celebrated Naparima College alumnus .

I knew Tony Hall as a boy.His father taught me at Naparima College in San Fernando , and I remember him as a student a couple years behind me. Unfortunately, I was never fortunate to re-connect with him as an adult , but I've been extremely proud of his accomplishments as a renowned artist, playwright … Continue reading Remembering playwright and screenwriter Tony Hall, another celebrated Naparima College alumnus .