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March 2011 Blog Posts (12)

BEAUTY IN PERPETUITY

ANYONE REMEMBERED  WHO PORTRAYED 'BEAUTY IN PERPETUITY'.??????    .I THINK IT WAS AT KING OFTHE BANDS COMPETITION.

ONE OF THE GREATEST I HAVE EVER SEEN......

Added by Allan Gibson on March 31, 2011 at 9:40pm — 4 Comments

What a pleasure

Mr.Hoyte I will not dispute Donald's portfolio. I opine he placed psychics

and panmen on the proletariat, but then, I could be wrong again.

It has been a great pleasure hearing from you, sir, It  is an honor and a blessing to meet a sage.

Peace and power.

Added by Allan Gibson on March 27, 2011 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Steel pan love affair- Part 1

What's that sound? Mummy what's that sound?

 

Those were my words at the age of four (or so my mother told me) while tugging excitedly on her skirt.  Even before she explained it to me I knew I wanted to know more about steelpan music.  Every year during Carnival I waited for when the bands passed. I begged my mother to let me join one but she wouldn't because of the late practice hours.  Luckily, at 13…

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Added by Danielle Joseph on March 24, 2011 at 9:44am — 1 Comment

Pan Hysteria? A Review of Innovation and Invention

I wrote the article cited below back in May 2002 when I was living abroad. It addressed the nervousness of some nationals in the diaspora to what was reported as the "conquest" of pan by foreigners. In light of my last note on the design of pan as a factor of optimizing dispersion, which generated heated debate on who did what and when for pan, I thought I would again "go backwards to go forward" with the conversation on… Continue

Added by Nigel Campbell on March 23, 2011 at 10:30pm — 16 Comments

OF MUSIC LIBRARY AND IMPECCABLE LIFESTYLE

One day in my yard in Rose Hill, Laventille, I was practising the tune Mambo Jambo on a tenor pan. A voice screamed

"Allan I don't want any panbeating in this yard!!!". The man was The Honorable (sic) Donald Granado, PNM's Minister of

Education ---what a paradox!!!.

 

A few days after I was practising with our newly-formed band led by Winthrop Thomas. At one point, the band stopped

playing abruptly and the players were laughing. I turned around and saw my…

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Added by Allan Gibson on March 22, 2011 at 10:37am — 6 Comments

HOW CAN YOU ENCOURAGE BY DISCOURAGING???

I am going out of my mind trying to figure out how on earth can anyone reach the idea of making the prize for the King/Queen of Carnival, the same as that for the Panorama Champion. 

As I see it, some calypsonians write and sing their own stuff, while others just sing the lyrics of others.  Therefore, you are dealing with one performer/individual. 

 

A steelband, whether small, medium or large, is a BAND ----many individuals.

When you consider a piece of music…

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Added by Allan Gibson on March 21, 2011 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments

PANORAMA MASCOTS

Southern Marines Steelband Foundation’s 2011 Panorama season was a success when compared to the last four years. After a long drought a little rain came. We were able to come into the National Small bands Panorama finals, and place third out of eleven participants. That is good, thanks to the hard work of the arrangers, the support crew around the yard, the players who dedicated time for nightly practice over the long season, the cooperation of their parents and…

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Added by Gerry Kangalee on March 20, 2011 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Bands Whose Performances created "Earthquakes".

I would like to start this Blog and hope that others would add to it so that these performances would be remembered and become known to those interested in Pan Music. Through the years many did "shake" the venues and patrons so lets hear from you. I would like to start with Cavaliers who did this on many occasions but the most vivid are 1966 playing My Brother Your Sister and 1967 playing 67. The excitement those bases created caused the masses to push down the teak fences on both sides of the… Continue

Added by Steve "Carter" K. on March 13, 2011 at 9:02pm — 25 Comments

Pan gone backwards to go forward.

The steel pan still fascinates me as an industrial musical instrument that has the potential to be as commonplace as the electric guitar or portable electronic keyboard. Portability, short learning curve relative to traditional music learning experience, and ease of manufacture seem to be the factors that make the two…

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Added by Nigel Campbell on March 13, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Trini Pannist in Japan.

There is an ex member of Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars living in Japan ,his name is Tony ,does anyone know if he is Ok afyer the Earthquake?

Added by Angie on March 12, 2011 at 7:47am — 8 Comments

CONGRATULATIONS FONCLAIRE

CONGRATS FONCLAIRE YOU DID THE SOUTH PROUD

Added by gra ewing on March 6, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Let's Hear it for Pan Times/WST

Let's hear it for Pan Times/WST.



I don't know about you guys, but I think that one of the most significant developments in the steelband world in modern times has been the development of the internet, and particularly, of Pan on the net, Pan Times, When Steel Talks or whatever they choose to call themselves.

Their role in promoting  steelband culture around the world has been invaluable.



Their impact on this year's panorama is undeniable, from providing up to date…

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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on March 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — 21 Comments

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