I received some sad news today. My friend Errol Phillips , one of the most gifted and talented people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing has passed. His son Blayne notified me that he passed on Monday 1st July at 10:00pm, after a long struggle with prostate cancer. I met Errol a number of … Continue reading Remembering my friend Errol Phillips , a talented musician and steel-pan player
Many of us may not realize the critical nature of accurate sound reproduction, to the understanding and appreciation of orchestral music when played by the steelband. This is even more applicable to people relatively unfamiliar with the steelband , it's culture , its makeup, and the different tonal qualities among the pans. With any complex … Continue reading THE STEELBAND- Sight and Sound
Over the years I've seen many exotic hand percussion musical instruments which, like the steel-pan are members of the idiophone family. Though interesting and unique in their own ways however, none of them can compare to the steel pan, with its culture, history and acceptance as a legitimate musical instrument. https://youtu.be/xk3BvNLeNgw?list=RDQMsXKxTwyk4wk Indeed, I would suggest … Continue reading Our incredible musical creation,The Steel Pan
On the subject of "pan tunes", one should be aware of some cultural history. In the days when steelbands were on the streets and determined the road march, most calypsonians composed pan friendly calypsos - "pan tunes" - to vie for the road march prize. The modern (post World War II ) calypso era came … Continue reading On the subject of “pan tunes”
It began in the 1950's, when a foreign tune called "The Happy Wanderer " won the road march in Trinidad.Instead of using the opportunity to inspire our artists to work harder at being competitive, in response we banned foreign competition for the Road March.Over the years , whenever our artists were challenged by foreigners , … Continue reading Its All About the Music !
It may be difficult to convey to those not of that era the special connection we had with our local steel-bands , back in the days before electronic noise overpowered the sweet sounds of steel-bands at carnival. Before big trucks and DJs , the sweetest sound at carnival was the sound of a steel-band "coming … Continue reading Steelband coming down !
Whenever we discuss the future of the steelband, we keep hearing these tired old arguments about "changing times" and "old school", and "pushing pans" which have nothing to do with my ideas when I speak of modern steelbands participation in carnival beyond panorama My entire argument is simple. The steelband , even after all these … Continue reading Trinidad’s Carnival culture and the role of the Steelband.