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Rare & Memorable Photo - The Steelband Festival Finals of 1966

In the picture - Anthony Williams (Leader/ arranger North Stars) , George Goddard (President/ National Steelband Association), Albert James (Leader/arranger Starlift ), Dr. Capildeo, Bobby Mohammed (Leader/ arranger Cavaliers), Hon. Solomon Hochoy, Errol Nicholas.(Leader Synco) and Martin Albino (Leader/arranger Savoys) -- picture provided by Martin Albino
picture provided by Martin Albino

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Comment by martin albino on May 21, 2015 at 11:17pm

The first name  after Anthony Williams is George Goddard, with the Title President, For some reason someone said he was the only one without a title. True The association was called NATTS ,but the word President is clearly stated..

Comment by EDWARD TEDDY PINHEIRO on November 19, 2014 at 8:38pm

Sadly I was not here for the 1966 steelband festival,but got the record as soon as it came out.Even though City Synco was truly great' Norrth Stars' rendition of Intermezzo was really magical. I suppose that's what gave them the winner's prize.The reason we, I'd like to think, find festivals of this era more enjoyable is that we are very familiar with most of the works presented and can follow the music rather sitting through long selections of which we know little. Can anyone help in info of a group " Carlos Street Boppers" which did mouth music of Sel Duncan's music.I have never heard Sel play his coming out tune How much is that little dog in the window. but having heard their rendition, I'm sure they were right on spot.
Teddy Pinheiro.

Comment by Pan'tum - The Ghost Who Talks on April 25, 2013 at 11:13pm

So, anyway, anyone seen the game last night between OKC and the Rockets? Rockets let that one slip away; the had a chance to win, but KD wasn't having any of that and hit a huge three late in the game. I love the game of basketball; and yes, it is a game. Like hop-scotch, red light, and "pan-cup" (as we used to call that game in Malick, Barataria, where I was born). I am not just a fan of the game but a player/baller, and still play to this day. I played for Trinity College and John Donaldson, then Second Division with Sission's Braves. By that time I was a "Vale Boy". We used to play under "the Shed", and the competition was fierce! Just saw my NBA team (the "white hot" Heat) getting the broom ready to sweep a team that rhymes with Chalkie.

What a game. A game. A game with many notable greats, including Bill Russell, Wilt "the Stilt", Dr. J, "King ", of course  "His Airness" MJ. ♫ Like Mike ♫ If I could be like Mike ♫ There was a time when these legends could not play in the NBA, due to "Jim Crow" segregation laws. In looking into that history, one would observe that while these great players of the game of basketball played the game, the man who they ALL refer to as the "Father of Black Professional Basketball" was not a participant in any game. Bob Douglas is that man's name, and he was originally from St. Kitts.

George Goddard, is not only the longest and most successful leader of the organizations (Steelbands Association, NATTS and Pan Trinbago), but he is also the ONLY person to be President of all three. Sir Solomon Hochoy was there because of two reasons: (1) he was invited by NATTS, and (2) he respected both the association and its leadership. This is why that same year, one would find him presenting Mr. and Mrs. Goddard to HRH Queen Elizabeth II (See photo.) George was the man responsible for both the first Panorama and the first Steelbands' Music Festival. So, in closing, what I do not get is how could Kareem Abdul Jabbar understand that he was standing "On The Shoulders Of Giants", and he and his basketball peers call this "non baller" from a small Caribbean island the "Father...", and panmen and panwomen (locally, regionally and internationally) fail to honor the "father" of Panorama, the music festival, and the National Steelband that took the World by storm? I know the answer: Black Professional Basketballers Know Their History And Value Their "Fathers" (whether they played or not). "Panists" on the other hand...  

I close with an adaption of an old Sumerian proverb: And the visitor to Trinidad and Tobago asked, "What happened to the local steelbands? And the old man answered, "They forgot their history, and so they died."






Comment by Pan'tum - The Ghost Who Talks on April 25, 2013 at 11:07pm

Thanks for sharing this photo with the man that started it all, George "Sonny" Goddard.

(QUESTIONS: What events led to the Steelband Festival's inception, and what were the names of the two adjudicators who spoke out against steelbands playing classical music?)

BTW - There was never a "National Steelband Association". The first organization was called the "Steelbands Association" (no "National" in the name). The second was called the "National Association of Trinidad and Tobago Steelbandsmen" (NATTS, for short). Finally we have "Pan Trinbago".

NOTE: George Goddard is the ONLY one in the photo without a title in the caption, however, the caption on panonthenet's link, has the title "President". http://www.panonthenet.com/history/pictures/steelband-music-festiva...

QUESTION: At what other event in 1966, were George Goddard and Sir Solomon Hochoy photographed together in public. 


Comment by Steve "Carter" K. on April 25, 2013 at 11:13am

Thanks Bede . I still relive that Festival and all those great performances . What a Joy to Behold.

Comment by BEDE LOPEZ on April 23, 2013 at 9:39pm

Steve, I will second that, it was the best Steel band music festival ever

Comment by Steve "Carter" K. on April 23, 2013 at 9:28pm

What a fantastic pic for they are all Champions in what is arguably the BEST festival ever. I am indeed very fortunate to have participated in it . Thanks.

Comment by Jackie Sherriff on April 23, 2013 at 7:26pm

Luv this "Teach"...and Mr Philo....

Comment by peter ray blood on April 23, 2013 at 4:29pm

Last Saturday's Steel in Motion pan round neck competition in Siparia, staged by Diatonic Pan Institute, was the bomb. Pan on the Move champ was Super Tanks Fyzabad 4th Dimension, winning both the Lord Nelson and Religious categories of the competition. There's more pan action on Saturday in Tobago when Pan Trinbago stages Pazzaz in the Tobago Jazz Experience, at Pigeon Point,

Comment by Robert Thwaites on April 23, 2013 at 1:14pm
Buddy Winston Wellington still reminisce about that festival hard work well done by an icon and a great band those days will always be special I wish my son's Sherwin Shawn and Sheldon was around to witness this what a memory

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