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 !
From time to time, I've heard of police officials of T&T seeking to learn about urban policing from Donald Trump's lawyer and media mouthpiece Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City. I hope this is not the case. The historical records show that the tactics employed by the police under Giuliani, particularly the … Continue reading Police in T&T seeking advice from Rudy Giuliani? I hope not!
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.
The inescapable fact is that the steelbands of T&T and its representative organization Pan Trinbago have no choice but to find alternative sources of income besides dependence on government subsidies. Looking objectively at Pan Trinbago's main event the Panorama , we can see that there is no way it can be cost-effective , when we … Continue reading Steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago , Pan Trinbago , and money
Growing up in Trinidad in the nineteen fifties and sixties, Christmas was very special and highly anticipated. During the post-war years in T&T, just about everyone in our neighborhoods were poor - I still remember food rationing from that time. However, somehow our parents managed to make the holidays enjoyable and memorable. I … Continue reading Memories of Christmas, growing up in Trinidad