For the longest while I've wanted to create a post featuring the Panorama Story, as seen through the eyes of The Grand Master of Calypso , Lord Kitchener. However , I was struggling to find the appropriate words , until I realized there was no need; I would let the Grand Master speak for himself … Continue reading The Panorama Story as told musically by The Grand Master , Lord Kitchener
Many of us may not realize the critical nature of accurate sound reproduction, to the understanding and appreciation of orchestral music,for example Panorama 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 … Continue reading THE PANORAMA STEELBAND- Sight and Sound
I still maintain that modern soca music, while quite enjoyable as party music is not quite suited to bring out the real sweetness of the pan , leaving it up to the arrangers to almost perform musical miracles to create a pleasing panorama performance. Having said that, I must compliment the soca artists of today … Continue reading Soca ,Music videos and the steelband panorama
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 !
Another veteran calypsonian has passed. Andrew Marcano , The Lord Superior was another of our calypso legends. Hailing from Rio Claro in Trinidad , he was a two time winner of the South Calypso crown , and a finalist ( forth place ) in the National competition. "Supie" was one of our … Continue reading Andrew Marcano . The Lord Superior , has passed.
A once in a lifetime gathering of Calypso Kings of the past occurred at Dimanche Gras , Carnival 1988, when they gathered together to honor the first calypso Monarch, the Growling Tiger , the Calypso King of 1939. Among the artists featured were The Mght Duke (Kelvin Pope) , The Mighty Sparrow ( Slinger Francisco … Continue reading A gathering of Calypso Kings
"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
Written by Candice Maharaj Image: Melton Prior, Carnival in Port of Spain Trinidad, 1888, Illustrated London News. Carnival is a festival that is celebrated annually during the weeks leading up to Lent. It is a period of celebration that involves music, costumes, processions, feasting and a lot of alcohol. Traditionally, during Lent people had to … Continue reading The Origins and Evolution of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago — Retrospect Journal | History, Classics and Archaeology Magazine
And while we're keeping it real , here is some more food for thought... I am of the opinion that the government of T&T is reasonably happy with Pan Trinbago , even though of course they would like it to be run honestly , efficiently and with transparency. Because ,unlike some of the crazies on … Continue reading More thoughts on a steel-pan players union in T&T