A Pope , A Duke , A King – The legend of calypsonian Kelvin Pope , The Mighty Duke

Kelvin Pope aka the Mighty Duke  was born in  Point Fortin , Trinidad in 1932. He was a former school teacher  who left a career working at Shell Oil to perform as a calypsonian. He began his career in the 1950s at the Southern Brigade Calypso Tent. and relocated to Port of Spain in 1964 … Continue reading A Pope , A Duke , A King – The legend of calypsonian Kelvin Pope , The Mighty Duke

Remembering Hazel Scott ,an iconic Trinidadian star of yesteryear.

We Trinidadians always seem to be seeking international recognition for our stars , yet the best of them from yesteryear are soon forgotten. Talented jazz and classical pianist , movie star , singer and bandleader Hazel Scott is such a one. Hazel was born in Trinidad in 1920 , and her parents moved to Harlem … Continue reading Remembering Hazel Scott ,an iconic Trinidadian star of yesteryear.

Winifred Atwell and the Pan Am North Stars Steel Orchestra “Ivory And Steel”

An unique and celebrated musical collaboration featuring some of Trinidad's greatest artists ever. In 1969, two of Trinidad's most renowned and legendary artists collaborated to create music, and to produce an album that was to become a musical milestone and a cultural phenomenon. Pan Am North Stars Steel orchestra, led by steelpan pioneer and legend … Continue reading Winifred Atwell and the Pan Am North Stars Steel Orchestra “Ivory And Steel”

When the Graf Zeppelin visited Trinidad (1933)

One Sunday morning I chanced to hear, a rumbling and a tumbling in the atmosphere....." Calypsonians, especially in the early days, followed the tradition of the West African griot, commenting on everyday occurrences and memorable events. One such memorable event was the visit of the legendary German airship , the Graf Zeppelin to Trinidad  , … Continue reading When the Graf Zeppelin visited Trinidad (1933)

Fonclaire Steel Orchestra – Lord Kitchener’s “Pan Here to Stay”

An arrangement by Ken “Professor ‘' Philmore and Milton “Wire” Austin Panorama Finals 1986 featured this bouncy arrangement of Lord Kitchener's "Pan Here to Stay" arranged by the late Ken"Professor" Philmore and Milton Wire Austin. This performance of the Grand Master's classic calypso remains one of my favorite Panorama performances by Fonclaire Steel Orchestra , … Continue reading Fonclaire Steel Orchestra – Lord Kitchener’s “Pan Here to Stay”

Remembering Kim Loy Wong , the original leader of Hilanders Steel Orchestra .

On October 3rd, 2018 , we received the news from his son Michael that former steel-band leader, instructor and pan tuning pioneer Kim Loy Wong , had passed. He was the original leader of the legendary Hilanders (Highlanders) Steel Orchestra , and one of the first steel-pan tuners to introduce the world to the art … Continue reading Remembering Kim Loy Wong , the original leader of Hilanders Steel Orchestra .