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Guantanamo by George Rampersad

Guantanamo © George Rampersad 2009 http://www.georgerampersad.com/ Guantanamo (Music and lyrics: George Rampersad) Troops in the mountains hunting for Al-Qae...
Nov 1
George Rampersad replied to odw's discussion Birdsong Steel Orchestra To Offer International Program for 2018 Panorama with New Arranger
"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…"
Oct 24
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Nelson Mandela, Heaven is smiling

Music and lyrics by George Rampersad
Oct 18
George Rampersad replied to odw's discussion Wey de hell pan reach?
"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…"
Sep 17
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion “The Business of Pan” by Nestor Sullivan
"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…"
Jul 8
George Rampersad replied to VALENTINE YOUNG's discussion Which Arranger Made The Biggest Impact On Our Large Bands Panorama?
"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…"
Mar 16
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion They left MIA GORMANDY out of the Panorama Finals: WHAT A SHAME!!!
"Yuh tink musical education make yuh ah good arranger? Bradley was a mathematics teacher...put dat in yuh pipe an smoke on it."
Feb 13
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So when last did FIVE BANDS play the same song in the PANORAMA FINALS?
"In 1987 six bands played Pan in A-Minor: Renegades Desperadoes Fonclaire Harmonites Exodus Sun Valley"
Feb 5
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago out of tune
"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…"
Jan 24
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Jun 8, 2016
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GREGORY BOYD - BEATING ON A DRUM

"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…"
May 29, 2016
George Rampersad commented on Ian Franklin's blog post CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF DR. JIT SAMAROO
"I am sure that St. Peter will lay out the red carpet... Humanity wishes him all the best And in peace we pray he will rest I'm sure everyone will agree with me Heaven is smiling in ecstasy "
Jan 7, 2016
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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.

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