On November 11th we annually celebrate Veterans Day in the US. 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 one years ago on November 11th 1918 ,the First World War ended.At that time , it … 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 , … 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. 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”
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 .
1) Trinis love pan , and always will. It's in their DNA 2) Steelbands have their own rhythm and tempo , and that doesn't mean trying to keep pace with the DJs. (Incidentally , this was always the case . even when we had brass bands on the road , back in the day) 3) … Continue reading Five Takeaways from the 2018 Republic Day J’ouvert jump-up held in Woodbrook , Trinidad
I first came to know Michael Alleyne around nineteen sixty one. I was still attending Naparima College in San Fernando when we moved to Marabella , and was fortunate to find that my friend and classmate Derek Greaves lived nearby. That year , we did what was to become routine for most of the early … Continue reading The sad story of a talented friend , musician and steel-pan player.