Hate it, Love it, but - you can’t ignore it. Panorama in Trinidad & Tobago has produced some of the greatest musical moments and pieces of our time.
When Steel Talks takes a look at 50 Years of Panorama Music, Life & Culture.
Share here, your favorite and greatest Trinbago Panorama moments, the highs and lows, with the global steelpan community...
I stood at the side as Cavaliers begin to roll down the drag, it was the first time I saw so many Trini Indians playing pan, the first time I saw players strumming on tenor-bass, the first time I saw a person beating a bell, the first time I saw so many pan, and the largest iron I ever saw one man beat, it was the hub from a truck. Cavaliers arrangement had a stop in it, and they started back with the bell followed by the rest of the band, they did this about 2-3 times and every time it caused thunder from the pans, a roar from the people and dust in the place. I doubt that in 50 years of Panorama any other band has created such an impact.
Cecil you are surely right for no other band in the history of Panorama created such an impact on that vast savannah possee as Cavaliers did . In 1968 Solo Harmonites also caused a massive earthquake on the Greens when they had they played "The Wrecker" and had the entire Town shaking. That was their first Panorama win . Cavaliers did not participate that year as they were on Tour. Great memories. Thanks.
I have two memories, one from myself, and the other from a story, Hugh Borde shared with me, while I was staying at his home in 1985.
Both Panorama memories, show that, for the most part, the pan fraternity, is made up of some very decent people, who, whether they are aware of it, or not, influence many others, into making the right decisions Eric did not have to speak to me much in 1983, for, just by the example he set, he helped influence the decisions, both personal and professional, that I made, and continue to make. I have not seen, nor spoken to Kendall in years, and I hope if any of you have his contact information, you can either forward it to me, or send him my love and well-wishes. I stayed with Merrytones, because they are a part of my success, and as long as there is a Merrytones, I will always be a part of that Diego Martin community and family. From Bagatelle to the "fork" in Four Roads, Diego will always be my home, and, even to this day, I am still recognized and respected anywhere on the Main Rd. Shem Em Hotep.
GHOST - Who Talks The Truth. Even "Inconvenient Truths" About Himself. (Hopefully, my story can help someone struggling with addictions of ANY kind.)
Ghost, this is very moving, and I respect your courage. I know Kendall, although he was my back door neighbour on Simon St. Diego Martin and probably would not know me by name. I will pass on your regards.
Pan'tum we do know that the truth sets us all free,,Nuf Respect Brother.God Bless.
That motivation and dedication is what's missing from so many of the young ones in pan today. One can be motivated by anything; you choose the Pan and it saved your life. My story of Pan. As a young girl the only thing my sister and I had in common was a love of music, pan music. (She is now a pastor today) We would sit at home and listen to panorama, judging the bands and have a great time. I knew that I would one day play, but how? and where? My opportunity came one day when I had a chance to walk into WASA Silvertones pan yard. It was 1972 the year of St Thomas girl, I played that year, Harmonites won and I never looked back. Oh and by the way had to sleep in the gallery some nights, because no young lady was supposed to be in a pan yard. I went on to play with All Stars, Rainorama, and when I returned to South, Fonclaire. I also did a stint with Amaral's Caviliers and had the opportunity to work with Bobby Mohammed. Today my involvement in pan is on the management side and it is the hope that I can share the love of this instrument with the young people I meet today.
Keep on going Miss.Mrs Ama Belfon,Respect.
I'm now seeing this thread for the first time...lol...ah boy Ghost...good to know that I had a hand in humbling you...lol...(although you got my name wrong this time...I'm not wmplan) but one of my greatest memories of Panorama of which you were an integral part was in 1995 when the band was struggling due to our usual unbending nature where tolerating nonsense is concerned. While was captain of the band in 1991 I suggested we fire our then arranger (I won't mention his name). This move resulted in a mass exodus of players away from Merry Tones, but the few of us who remained loyal were unperturbed since we believed we had done the correct thing for the band at large. With about two weeks to go for the prelims in 1995, a head count revealed that we were reduced to 30-odd players, this was after placing 5th at Panorama 1991. You Ghost were one of the people who "rescued" us as it were since you were here on vacation for that Carnival. Our ranks grew to 48 and we went on to win the Small Category, playing "Hurricane", composed by Alvin Daniel and sung by Charlene Flores (the ceiling was 60 members then) for the first time....remember that?
Yow, Eric (bigmacttwi),
Sorry for the name mix-up. And, thanks for sharing this story, as I did not want it coming from me. And, of course, I remember the mass exodus from Merrytones, but I remained, because I am a "team player", and will ALWAYS be a "Diego Martin" Merrytones! ('til I die!!!) And, man, did we do de "Hurricane" justice, or what? Again, thanks for sharing, bigmactt.
GHOST - Who Not Only Talks The "Talk", But Walks The "Walk". (It's in my DNA. Thanks mom and dad.)