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Before the last decade ended, When Steel Talks completely agreed with steelband enthusiast Glenroy Joseph when he called “Band From Space” by Amrit Samaroo and Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung “the best pan tune of the last decade.” And this declaration was done in 2007 with still time to spare before the decade officially ended. From a lyrical, spiritual, musical, story-telling and cultural level they simply nailed it. The song captured the imagination of the community and genre.
As this decade comes to an end with 2019’s “Trouble in the Morning” by “V’ghn” - it is When Steel Talks’ tune of the decade for pan.
To date, no less than ten conventional steel orchestras in the upcoming 2020 Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama have committed to this song as their tune of choice. In addition, the song has been the tune of choice in Grenada, the United Kingdom and New York’s steel orchestra music competitions.
In relation to "the best pan tune of the last decade:
Can anyone explain or define what a "pan tune" is?
George Rampersad: If you could bring a little bit of CIVILITY and OPEN MINDEDNESS to THE DISCUSSION -- I could light a candle for you and let you see your way. But you tend to delve into CRUDITY and I eh got no time for that!!!
By the way -- I like YOUR POEM!!!
But you asked a GOOD QUESTION which should be DEBATED on this GLOBAL FORUM for the ENLIGHTENMENT of the PAN COMMUNITY!!!
As since you think that you have a READ ON ME: I actually have THE ANSWER to YOUR QUESTION!!!
Nice pick. The lyrics have much character. The melody is very well stated. Reminds me of Ray Holmans tunes. However, I feel Voice's "Cheers To Life" had the most impact. This is the tune forced the all Soca atrtist to rethink what they doing. It is also the tune that force Trinidad & Tobago pan to embrace what New York pan had always been doing - that is to choose popular tunes of the day for Panorama. Desperadoes "Different Me" was the beginning of the end of the so call Pan Tune.
That FOUR CHORD PROGRESSION with that WICKED STRUM was MADE FOR THE STEELBAND.
That is TRULY a PAN TUNE -- if you GET THE DRIFT!!!
Band from Space! Hand Down!
Despers - Band From Space
2007 Steelband Panorama finals
As a CALYPSO/SOCA LOVER -- I don't like that song.
But as a PANORAMA SONG (PAN SONG) -- I can see how THE STRUM drives it!!!!
And WHAT TOWN SAY -- TOWN SAY!!!