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The Champion Steelbands of Trinidad(1957) featuring The Highlanders Steel Orchestra

Kim Loy Wong's Highlanders Steel Orchestra is one of the bands featured on this 1957 Cook compilation album, "The Champion Steelbands of Trinidad".

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Comment by James Martinez on June 29, 2011 at 9:30pm
The vintage sound is truly a treasure. Who would have thought back then that this crude sounding instrument would one day become the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. Good stuff. Thank you Glenroy and WST for sharing.
Comment by Robert Saldenha on June 29, 2011 at 4:46pm

Glenroy, Kim Loy lives in California, but he usually comes to NY to work with a steelband for the Panorama competition.   Anyone who comes across him, should invite him to give his version of the story.

As far as i know Kim Loy Wong's "Highlanders" was the original "Highlanders" from "Mango Rose", and after that came the "Highlanders" (Bertie Marshal) from Success Village in Laventille.

Comment by Rum-Pan on June 29, 2011 at 4:00pm
This is something Great Vintage-Sound! Feelin so light-hearted .........
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on June 29, 2011 at 1:17pm

I really don't know if it is the same band, but I would think it is, since bands seldom adopted the names of other bands, especially from the same region.

According to the liner notes, this recording was made in 1957 in Kim Loy Wong's back yard in Port of Spain , and Kim left Trinidad in 1959.

I, too would like to know the history, but I am inclined to believe it is an earlier version of the Bertie Marshall Highlanders, since as we all know, steelbands are dynamic, personnel change, and bands evolve.

Anyone having more info on this band please educate us.

I know you're out there.

Comment by Albert John Simon on June 29, 2011 at 12:29pm

Glenroy This has to be a different steelband as Laventille Hylanders was led by Bertie Marshall. I am subject to correction here as the Hylanders I know do not sound like this one.


Comment by Tony Blackman on June 29, 2011 at 12:08pm
Glenroy, is this highlanders from Laventille, Bertie Marshall, Les Slater etc.??

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