Our incredible musical creation,The Steel Pan

Over the years I've seen many exotic hand percussion musical instruments which, like the steel-pan are members of the idiophone family. Though interesting and unique in their own ways however, none of them can compare to the steel pan, with its culture, history and acceptance as a legitimate musical instrument. Indeed, I would suggest that … Continue reading Our incredible musical creation,The Steel Pan

Soca ,Music videos and the steelband panorama

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 bands being allowed to change their tune in later stages of the panorama competition

On the subject of bands being allowed to change their tune in later stages of the panorama competition ,I hate being a contrarian, but even if it was allowed in the past, that rule makes sense to me. Because it’s not just the band that got the judges nod in the preliminaries and semifinals, it … Continue reading On the subject of bands being allowed to change their tune in later stages of the panorama competition

In Remembrance – Veteran’s Day , November 11th.

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.

The Lord Melody , a master of the calypso art-form

The first big time calypsonian I became aware of in my youth was the Lord Melody. Modern calypso music has devolved for the most part into two predominant sub genres ; soca ( including chutney) which is primarily dance music , and socio-political commentary. In earlier times , however , there was a third sub … Continue reading The Lord Melody , a master of the calypso art-form