"For someone to write that TWO LEFF is "an old washed out man" says a lot about the ignorance and arrogance the writer.
It shows a lack of respect for one of the few true pan virtuosos - those who excel in both playing, tuning and…"
"The fact that 2DJs, will provide the music for the launching of a band called "Look Wey de Hell Pan Reach"
says it all.
How can the focus be on "the issues facing panmen" and no steelband is hired to provide music for the…"
"Good going, Brother Nestor!
"Sollo", as we used to call him at St. Mary's College i the early 70's - when some students tried to form a steelband at St. Mary's, but the college was against it and we never got it going - is a…"
"The question is unnecessary unanswerable and irrelevant.
It would be the same as asking who is the best composer of classic music. Bach-Beethoven-Brahms-Tchaikovsky-Mozart etc.
Every arranger has a personal unique style - don't belittle our…"
"David, you could not have said it better.
As a pan player who moved to Denmark in 1984, I had to take a more independent approach than back home with Tunapuna All Stars.
Companies don't sponsor steelbands. The government doesn't give…"
"Cassandra Wilson- Grammy Award Winning Vocalist Composer, does not seem to know much about who has been doing what with the pan.
Saying that someone "Singing with his instrument-I've never seen anyone do that. It's a whole new…"
If you like, go ahead and tell your fellow WST Ning members about yourself here
Profile – George Rampersad
Born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Attended the Tunapuna Presbyterian School and St. Mary’s College in Port-of-Spain. Aircraft mechanic with BWIA – the airline of Trinidad & Tobago – from 1976 to 1984.
Learned to play the full range of steelpan instruments in Starland Steel Orchestra, taught by Wilfred Keel (Silver Stars), Claude “Moby Dick” alias “Catelli Joe” Williams (Trinidad All Stars) and Michael “Penta” Cupidore (Invaders and Hummingbirds Pan Groove). Inspired and guided by steelband virtuoso Rudy “Two Leff” Smith, arranger, pan tuner and master jazz pannist known the world over for his bebop style of playing the steelpan.
Co-founded and arranged music for Tunapuna All Stars Steel Orchestra, the only steelband with a complete repertoire of Indian music.
Migrated to Denmark in 1984. Taught steelband in schools, youth clubs and adult education evening classes. Founded and arranged music for Denmark All Stars, the band that represented Denmark at the first ever European Steelband Festival in Paris in 2000. Taught asylum seekers at camps run by the Danish Red Cross.
Collaborated with Danish trumpet player Jens Winther for 1200th anniversary celebrations of the city of Aalborg in 1990, combining the steelband Sweet Pans, comprising Danish kids he had taught, with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.
Albums: The Power of Words – Released 2008
Has given lectures and performances in Germany, Sweden, England, France, Norway and Denmark. One of the few people in the world who sings calypso to the accompaniment of steelpans, he has no formal education in the arts.