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Raffique Shah
  • 71, Male
  • Trinidad and Tobago
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Raffique Shah replied to Glenroy R Joseph's discussion Clarence Curvan reflects on the passing of his friend and mentor , Joey Lewis
"Talk about memories, Glenroy!!! Cyril Diaz, Bert Inniss, Joey, Clarence, Errol, all maestros in their own right. This morning (Friday), as I watched and listened to Roy 'Pappy' Cape more or less saying goodbye to his active participation,…"
Feb 11, 2016
Raffique Shah replied to Pan Times's discussion Dr. Jit Samaroo RIP
"A giant has passed on, the likes of which may never walk this country again. He was a musical genius who worked magic with pan, and also straddled the cultural boundaries like a colossus. He was, too, a most humble human being. To think that the…"
Jan 7, 2016
Raffique Shah replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Between 1950 and 2015, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS have been spent SUBSIDIZING STEELBANDS: was this money well spent?
"We certainly should have seen much more for the billion-or-more public and sponsors' dollars expended on steelbands over the past 60 years. While the instrument and standard of 'panmanship' and music have evolved significantly,…"
Nov 12, 2015
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Mar 13, 2014
Raffique Shah replied to Pan Times's discussion Raffique Shah called it right - by Les Slater
"Thanks, Les, for your kind comments on the interview I did with WST, and for further exploring some salient points I raised. There is need for people with your background and experience in pan to throw out ideas in the hope that those who can make…"
Mar 13, 2014
Raffique Shah replied to Pan Times's discussion Raffique Shah - journalist, nationalist, activist, columnist and cultural historian speaks on Pan in Trinidad and Tobago
"Ppl, re pan on the road, for me that means full bands, racks, wheels (castors), fans pushing pans/players the way we did Sunny Side Kids from Freeport to Carapichaima (around 3 miles). We did the same many years ago with Invaders, Renegades,…"
Mar 4, 2014
Raffique Shah replied to VALENTINE YOUNG's discussion Panorama is Definitely Too Long.
"There is only one solution: stage four category finals on different days at different venues, leaving Carnival Saturday night for large bands only.  When single pan bands remained pan-round-the-neck, there used to be a well-attended, on-de-road…"
Mar 2, 2014
Sylvon Lashley left a comment for Raffique Shah
"Hi Raff! I got so excited when I saw you on here; you were always a great inspiration to me. Looking forward to working with you again!"
Feb 18, 2014
Raffique Shah left a comment for Sylvon Lashley
"Sylvon, nice touching base with you. You may reach me at: rafex1970@gmail.com Raf"
Feb 18, 2014
Raffique Shah and Sylvon Lashley are now friends
Feb 18, 2014
Raffique Shah commented on Pan Times's video
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Music from Oil Drums (1956)

"Some years ago, as I researched some protest/message songs that influenced my generation in the 1960s/1970s (Where have all the flowers gone/If I had a hammer), I stumbled on Pete Seeger who wrote these two. I soon learnt that Seeger was more than a…"
Jan 28, 2014
Raffique Shah commented on Pan Times's page Sparrow through the eyes of Indo-Trinidadians
"Folks, bear in mind that I wrote this piece back in 2001--12 years ago. I do not recall what prompted me to write it, but having re-read it now, there is nothing (except a few errors) that I would change. I wrote from the perspective of an…"
Nov 21, 2013
Raffique Shah replied to Cecil hinkson's discussion HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLENROY
"Good health and best wishes to you, Glenroy. May you share with us many more archival material. Raffique"
Sep 30, 2013
Raffique Shah commented on Pan Times's video
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Panorama Champions - 1963 to Present - Performances

"Thanks, fellas--this is a treat. My instinctive reactions? On those I listened to from the 1960s/70s: First, the relatively high quality of instruments and panmanship then. I had forgotten how good these were. Arrangements were less complicated than…"
Feb 24, 2013
Raffique Shah and Francescoli are now friends
Feb 7, 2013
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Impromptu performance with David Rudder at the Trinidad and Tobago 50th Independence Day Show!

"And here was I thinking 50th anniversary celebrations without King David...didn't make sense. Where was this anyway?"
Sep 23, 2012

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At 11:43pm on February 18, 2014, Sylvon Lashley said…

Hi Raff! I got so excited when I saw you on here; you were always a great inspiration to me. Looking forward to working with you again!

At 9:57pm on March 28, 2012, Messiah Shaw said…

It's so great to have good cargo on board. Always been a captain steering the course, aggressive knoting the course and finally arriving at distination. Happy birthday glad to have you on board the "WST"

At 3:52pm on March 8, 2012, Pan'tum - The Ghost Who Talks said…

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shah. From the Goddard family. Keep speaking up and speaking out!

At 3:26pm on March 8, 2012, Glenroy R Joseph said…

Happy birthday, Raffique.You may be catching up, but I'm still older than you :)

At 3:02pm on March 8, 2012, Pan Times said…

Happy Birthday from When Steel Talks

At 11:24am on August 31, 2011, charlotte said…
I was so pleased to see your name on the WST site...its been a long time since I last saw you and yes you had just returned from the Officers course at Sandhurst around 1962/63/64???!!! I am glad that you just said yes to being my friend because after the event in 1970 I never heard about you again.......I moved to the UK 30 years ago despite flying to and fro between London and Trinidad as my ex husband was a BWIA Pilot....I have two children ...Richard who you may have met when he was 2 and Penny who you may not have known...I have 4 grandchildren....3 of whom live in FRance with Penny and her husband..Richard and his wife live in the Middle East and my eldest grandaughter 14 is at school in Yorkshire, boarding....I remember meeting you at the officers mess at Tetron Bay around 1965 just before I joined BWIA.....my maiden name was Edwards...I was the eldest......the rest is history......stay in touch that was very nice of you to reply as I wondered if you might have remembered my married name...!!!! now I have put you into the picture..perhaps you can tell me about your family as well......!! Love from Charlotte xx

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