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By CAROL MATROO Wednesday, December 30 2015 -- Trinidad Newsday

DESPERADOES Steel Orchestra has for the past couple of weeks been housed at the former site of the Greyfriars Church of Scotland on Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain. Popularly known as “Despers”, the steelband has been homeless for several years after leaving its headquarters at Desperlie Crescant, Laventille due to some incidents of violence.

The steelband had found a temporary home at Cadiz Street, Belmont, but only recently was seen settled in at Greyfriars, which was built in the 1800s. The church, which was sold to private developer, Alfred Galy, was demolished after it was deemed unsafe because of its collapsing structure.

Manager Curtis Edwards said the steelband had been given permission by the businessman to use the land for Carnival, 2016. “We have a negotiation ongoing which I would rather not talk about this time, but this is only for 2016,” Edwards said. When contacted yesterday, Galy said the members came to him as they had no place to practise for the upcoming Carnival and Panorama, which they have won on ten occasions. “They came to me and I offered them the place at no rent.

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That means drugs and alcohol bad behavior will be on the church compound

gavin, sweet pan too.

Oh boy! Did you have to go there? Instead of wishing them well?

I agree! What a NEGATIVE comment, from an obvious asshole!

This is a very disturbing comment from a member of the Pan fraternity. Mr Adams are you suggesting that the only contribution the Steelpan groups bring to the culture is in the form of drugs, alcohol and violence. Please refrain from expressing your negative bias without providing information for your views. I would contend that the Steelband management discourage the use of drugs and provide a secure space for players and patrons. I hope you get an opportunity to visit a Pan yard in the near future.     

At least there would not be any acts of "BUGGERY" Gavin, that is cold man. I will pass your identity to Desperadoes' Management, so please do not enter their "rehearsal church yard" on Frederick Street.

You got a negative attitude


This is incredible, Mr. Keith Diaz President of Pantrinbago and a representative of Desperados, had the time to fly out here to NY to speak to NY bands about assisting them here in NY, yet he could not assist Desperados right there in Trinidad.

Is it me or, is there something wrong with that picture?

Keith Marcelle: EVERYTHING is wrong with that picture. Assisting New York bands?

Does the prime minister of T&T know about this?


This is a Blessings!!!...SteelBands are the most Family oriented part of the Carnival Season and a Very Powerful Positive Energy!!!

Bless Up Desperadoes!!! 


A Phase II Member, A Desperadoes Fan and Member of the SteelBand Family

I am so sorry to hear about Desperadoes, one of the Greatest Steelband ever to be in this situation, I wish them well, The longest rope have an end, I just hope the end is not too far away, Good luck to Tash and his Friends. 


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