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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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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.
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.
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.
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