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 !
Christmas is rapidly approaching , and in the Spirit of Christmas , let's reminisce a bit about Christmas in our past , growing up in the fifties , sixties and seventies.in Trinidad Simpler times. I would like to share my Christmas experiences growing up in Trinidad , to which I'm sure many can relate, so I wrote this story. In my blog , I included a couple musical selections you may have not heard in the recent past , and which are sure to bring back memories of Christmas , back in our youth.
"Tan Man " Horsford - A true Trini "mas-man" Speaking to an old friend recently brought to mind another old friend , who passed away several years ago.Owen "Tan-Man" Horsford was a fixture in Marabella in the sixties and seventies, and a lifelong member of the Southern Marines Steelband family.After a long struggle with prostate … Continue reading Remembering Owen “Tan Man ” Horsford
On November 11th we annually celebrate Veterans Day in the US, and in some countries Remembrance Day. It is a day we honor our veterans , and current members of the Armed Forces.However we cannot forget the special significance of this day. One hundred and three years ago on November 11th, 1918 the First World … Continue reading In Remembrance – Veteran’s Day , November 11th.
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
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 Port of Spain,Trinidad in 1920 , and her parents moved to Harlem … Continue reading Remembering Hazel Scott ,an iconic Trinidadian star of yesteryear.
Audie Murphy goes "To Hell and Back"" Audie Murphy was a popular star of western movies in the fifties and sixties and one of my favorites , as a lover of westerns.Audie Murphy was also the most decorated American soldier in World War Two , and the recipient of America's hightest military award , The … Continue reading Audie Murphy , American hero
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. Winifred Atwell Pan Am North Stars Steel orchestra, led by steelpan pioneer … Continue reading Winifred Atwell and the Pan Am North Stars Steel Orchestra “Ivory And Steel”
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)
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, who has also recently passed.. This performance of the Grand Master's classic calypso remains one of my favorite Panorama … Continue reading Fonclaire Steel Orchestra – Lord Kitchener’s “Pan Here to Stay”