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Who Is Copeland? - in the WST Panorama Enclave

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Comment by philmore moses on October 23, 2011 at 9:46pm
CALYPSONIANS  HAVE BEEN SINGING ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS AND PEOPLE SINCE THE ARTFORM BEGAN. NO PUBLIC OR PRIVATE FIGURE IS IMMUNE FROM PRAISE OR CRITICISM IN A SPECIFIC CALYPSO. SINCE  THE SONG WAS ENTERD INTO A POOL OF PANORAMA SONGS SO ARRANGERS CAN SELECT ANY ONE IF THEY CHOOSE TO AND FOR WHAT EVER REASON THEY LIKE OR DISLIKE IT.  WHEN IT'S  EXECUTED PANORAMA TIME ONLY THE MUSIC WILL BE HEARD FROM THE BANDS  OR WILL THE PANS    MYSTERIOUSLY BEGIN SINGING LYRICS? 
Comment by Pan Times on October 22, 2011 at 6:42am

With all the activity surrounding Dr. Copeland's name because of the recent release of the panorama tune "Who is Copeland?"  WST felt it was only fair that you read for yourself information Dr. Copeland who is a participating member of the WST forum. To his credit, Dr. Copeland has never separated himself from participating in the forum discussions or providing useful information to the pan community.

Comment by Alicia Caesar on October 21, 2011 at 11:15pm
Who is Copeland? Another trinbagonian who contributed and maybe still contributing to improve pan to suite the ira. Let's give information as time goes by and give it in a positive way. Amen.
Comment by lennox Grant on October 21, 2011 at 5:05pm
Nuff not said. Calypso entails "negativity" and "positivity", and also in betweenity. It's a thing like that, and a lot of it all is in the eyes of the beholder--or the ears of the listener. Roberts' was a point waiting to be made, a sentiment of a kind eminently voiced in calypso. It arises from the politicisation of the national award, by means of which PM Manning thrust Prof Copeland into a spotlight somehat oddly shared with Marshall and Williams. Generations before, the latter two had arguably earned highest national-award recognition, but they won the Order of T&T only when an academic engineer's contribution (still to be measured, and to survive some test of time) drew suitably prestigious attention to pan development. That is worthy of calypso notice, and of more than rumshop talk. "Who is Copeland?" is a legitimate calypsoesque challenge to those who can to measure the Prof's achievement against the achievements of his relatively unlettered predecessors in pan development.
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on October 21, 2011 at 5:01pm

This is a nice calypso. I like it.

Nice melody good lyrics.Nice lyrical flow. ( by that I mean the lyrics flow smoothly off the singer's tongue without sounding forced or clumsy)

On the subject matter, however, the singer seems to suggest that only contributors  who came directly out of the panyards should be recognized.

I tend to disagree.

Comment by ian jay clarke on October 21, 2011 at 5:00pm
...just heard the song....beautiful melody..good lyrics....nice vocals...everyone has an opinion.....don't be 2 hard on Copeland.....he is from home......he.izza Trini....sure he put in a lot of time and effort....sure he knows that he is standing on the shoulders of the great icons and pioneers of the past.....lets all build on the past and  deal with the challenges of the 21st Century........
Comment by Rhoda Reddock on October 21, 2011 at 8:48am

I reject this negativity,

There is room for everyone.  Recognition for one does not mean that others lose.  We need all of our Pan innovators. Prof. Copeland has brought his technological knowledge to bear on the development of Steelband technology, involving a host of young people - musicians and engineers in this process. The UWI is proud to be part of this innovative process.

 

We have been accustomed to fighting for crumbs hence the tendency to fight each other in this process.  Who is Copeland? He is son of San Fernando Mas man the late, Mack Copeland, he is a Trinidadian citizen, research engineer and pan lover.

 

Nufff Said

 

 

Comment by Kim Johnson on October 21, 2011 at 6:32am
Brian Copeland, has been working on pan since the 1980s, and came second in the Rudolph Charles innovation award (judged by Tony Williams) in 1986, Do people really think pan could continue to develop without university scientists like Copeland contributing? Or do they just think it shouldn't be a Trinidadian engineer in a Trinidadian university?
Comment by glenford peters on October 21, 2011 at 3:21am

Love it. A controversial topic with Copeland, the Gpan and the PHI. On the Gpan there is a German Eckard who made the BIG MAMA and was played by Hadeed in a jazz album with Rudy Smith Jazz 'n'  in the late '90.

http://www.ecs-steeldrums.de/index_32_170.html

Then there is the Cupid epan vs PHI bachannal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDZGCTycb_4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDZGCTycb_4

Comment by haydenlynch on October 20, 2011 at 5:08pm
nice melody great lyrics plenty history in this one keept up the good work

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