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Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form


Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “She was an intellectual, a star, a child prodigy, a music Pioneer, multi-talented, thoughtful, forward-thinking and a steelpan musical collaborator in an era when women were looked down upon for any association with pan. When Steel Talks spotlights musician, performing artist, composer and world renown pianist extraordinaire and one of the biggest main stream artist in British history - the late Winifred Atwell, producer of the most phenomenal steelpan music recordings ever - Ivory and Steel..”

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Beautiful! Thanks for enlightening me on this piece of history. Learn something new every day.

Brilliant! should have her images sculptured in some TT Hall of Fame

I do not know if this was done but it would be nice for her pic to be on our TT Dollars . Lets Cherish our Greats .

Hello Robert (Bob)

Could you tell me when the Tripoli show was cancelled. Date and place?  Original band Tour band was never cancelled. I met you and brothers in Toronto. So Please Explain?

Hello Bob, This was Hugh Borde, Tripoli steel band(the name) Tripoli was patented by Hugh Borde. There was a dispute unknowing to me. The remainder of the group was then called the Esso Trinidad Steel band.

Thank Glenroy Joseph for this!!!

Who would have thought such soothing sounds  could emanate from the steelpan. Music produced under the wizardry of one of the greatest  "pop/jazz/classical" piannist of the last century Winnifred Atwell. Oh How as a country we fail to recognise and celebrate the gold!  I add my appeal to others who call for some form of official recognition. Tomorrow as International Women's Day may be an apt time.

I am lucky to have a vinyl of that great recording.

Winifred Atwell indeed was a musical pioneer, a very qualified woman in music in all forms. Glenroy Joseph and Claude Gonzales certainly have good taste for great talent, not just great talent but great talent from our great nation Trinidad & Tobago. My Brothers and myself had the great pleasure and honor of meeting the most graceful and very talented Winifred Atwell in 1961 when we performed for the Lord Melody promoted Band Competition held at Queens Hall. Along with Winifred Atwell, Major Denison of the police bands and Major Prospect were judges for the two day competition. The judging was unanimous and was ruled that the Dutchy Brothers are the winners. I am very joyful to see so many young talented young men and women that are excellent steel drummers and musicians in the fabulous Trinidad & Tobago, Keep it up.

Orville Dutchy DeVlugt

 that is a great part of tnt history

 i remember you guys playing on the road for maybe the first time for wilfred strasser  band

 my sis was the queen of this very small band and a first and last for strasser as a band leader

  the band was small but the music was  large a la stormy weather

  you guys were the best  along with ron berridge

Winifred Atwell-"My Way"

one of d most phenomenal steelpan music recordings ever,i rate despers classics 1 very close or on par


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