Band From Space -
“Crazy” & Amrit Samaroo Team-Up for
Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2007
Band From Space, Amrit Samaroo explains, is a true ‘pan song’ in every sense of the word. He wrote it for the New York stageside steelband he plays with and arranges for, Steel Sensation, and they have performed it. It was also the panorama tune of choice for Pantimes in St. Lucia for 2006.
There were different lyrics then for the song, but Amrit says he “wasn’t too happy with the topic” so this time around he redid the lyrics. “The perfect man for the whole thing was Crazy [Trinidadian calypsonian who resides in the US]; it was a crazy topic.” He enlisted the assistance of fellow colleague and steelpan arranger Kareem Brown, who is also versed in studio production and operations, to turn out a musical product that would be favorable with the wider steelpan fraternity.
Both Brown and Samaroo have won scholarships from the Music Literacy Trust fund, which enabled them to study together at the University of the West Indies. Furthermore, Amrit says that the young arrangers like himself, Brown, Cheo Cato (arranger for the 2006 Junior panorama champions, St. Augustine Senior Comprehensive Steel Orchestra) and others, continually ‘bounce ideas off each other’ to have a sense of where the [pan] music should go.
I say wait, how the hell alyuh aliens know bout pan,
They say TTT used to come on their television,
we're great fans of Jit Samaroo, Bradley and Holman,
and we arranger study all Boogsie music and have it down,
We know exactly the formula for a victory,
we know how to move the crowd how to jam,
we know many things about the steelband,
but we cannot get we flag woman to wine up and get on,
like Denise Belfon!
“Band From Space”
sung by “Crazy”
composed by Amrit Samaroo and Edwin Ayoung
Tune of choice: Londgenville Claytones (2016)