"Earl Richards, Let’s analyze your question. Yes as I said I don’t doubt Boogsie’s abilities, however his judgment can sometimes be called into question.
To take Woman on D Bass and think you could do it better than All Stars is a…"
"''Its Hurts Me a Lot to See How Weak Our Steel bands and Their Players Are. Panorama Done So They are Now Suffering from Amnesia. They Forget this is the Man Who Became Rich Climbing on Their Collective Backs. It is So Sad that they are…"
"As much as I love the evolved pan, I miss this era of pan a lot and it will never return. The sweetness of exploration and discovery was precious. This was incredibly sweet and heart warming. Thanks for sharing."
If you like, go ahead and tell your fellow WST Ning members about yourself here
My name is Valentine Young 'aka' Val. I learned to play pan with a Steelband named 'Chicago' previously known as Hill Sixty. I left Chicago and sharpened my skills with a band called Straronettes which latter became Atlas Travel Bureau Ambassadors. In 1965 We all migrated to the Coca Cola 'Gay Desperadoes, I stayed with Despers until 1968. I left Despers and went to Solo Harmonites in 1969 & 1970. The next year I went to CIBC Starlift Steel Orch which won Panorama jointly with Solo Harmonities. I joined the the Police Service in 1973 and was a member of the Police Steel band from 1976 to 1988 when I left the Service. In 1987 I played with Exodus Steel Orch which played Ray Holman's Pan Woman. The last year that I played at Panorama in Trinidad was 1988 with Tokyo Steel Orch which played Ray Holman's My Band. Later that year I migrated to the US where I now reside.
That's the point Val. panorama taught steelbands to sit back and wait for a few dollars insted of coming on the road and establishing themselves as an independent organization. All Stars is the best example of how a steelband ought to be in 2015.
I thought I was the most honest man in this world until now. No! I am not disputing the judges decision, as a matter of fact I am extremely happy and proud that ALL STARS STEEL ORCHESTRA won the 2014 Band of the Year. I see you take their victory as a mere given, since "CARNIVAL IS COLOUR" I believe that you are also happy with All Stars' victory, but because of your honesty, you do not think that they were the best in 2014. I do applaud you for stating the sentiments of all "THOSE MASMEN" who have been shoo shooing, but are honest enough to publicly air.