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Started this discussion. Last reply by odw Mar 8, 2016. 3 Replies


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Brian Copeland replied to Bugs's discussion A Trinidadian, not a Jamaican, is the foundation of Reggae Music.
"Acknowledged at Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/UNSUNG--Rocksteady-with-Lynn-Taitt"
Mar 5
Brian Copeland replied to Pan Times's discussion Steelpan for the digital age
"Indigisounds has grown from strength to strength and we at UWI are proud to have played a part in their success. Just for the record, The article says "Chuckaree and Chow met on UWI’s Steelpan Initiative Project where they were working…"
Mar 1
Brian Copeland replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Could somebody explain to me why this "PAN VIDEO" got almost FOUR MILLION VIEWS?
"On point Randi. Pan was born in the Caribbean but we surely have been nowhere as successful as we should have been in marketing and commercializing it. Performers have to decide whether they are in the entertainment business or just performing for…"
Dec 27, 2018
Brian Copeland replied to michael wong's discussion KIM LOY WONG tuner & panist has passed...
"Yet another pioneer goes to the other side. You made history ... a book with your name on it is stored in the Smithsonian Institute Archives along with the first ever video of you showing how to make a steelpan. Rest well Kim Loy…"
Oct 3, 2018
Brian Copeland commented on Pan Times's video

Ken "Professor" Philmore & Harmony - WST Steelband Video

"God bless you Pro. Damn good run!!!!"
Sep 30, 2018
Brian Copeland replied to Pan Times's discussion The legendary Ellie Mannette has passed
"SIgh! May God grant him eternal rest. What a tremendous run!"
Aug 29, 2018
Haydn Anthony commented on Brian Copeland's blog post Pan ANthem for Gold member Michelle-Lee Ahye
"Most appropriate. This should be emulated at other Track and Field Meetings."
Apr 15, 2018
Pan Times commented on Brian Copeland's blog post Pan ANthem for Gold member Michelle-Lee Ahye
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Apr 12, 2018
Brian Copeland replied to Pan Times's discussion Finals Results for Large Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama - Renegades End 21-Year Title Drought
"Congrats to Renegades - played first and won, a feat in itself. The point spread between first and the rest is in keeping with the performances I heard. Congrats to Skiffle (#Southern Pride!) for moving up the order from semis. Good show to all…"
Feb 11, 2018
Brian Copeland replied to Russell Providence's discussion ARE ALL PANMEN DEAF? Health Safety and Steelband.
"I agree wholeheartedly. It takes at least a generation to make a significant cultural change so it makes sense to start with the youth. West Indians  general have grown accustomed to loudness - a throwback, some feel, from the days when not…"
Dec 30, 2017
Brian Copeland replied to Russell Providence's discussion ARE ALL PANMEN DEAF? Health Safety and Steelband.
"I have tried contacting Dr Juman .. awaiting a response. At the same time I think, as others have stated here, that this all boils down to player sensitization as the technology to avoid or minimize hearing loss is quite mature.  Perhaps a…"
Dec 30, 2017
Brian Copeland replied to Russell Providence's discussion ARE ALL PANMEN DEAF? Health Safety and Steelband.
"Agreed. I tried in those days not just with pannists but with DJs, particularly on Carnival day and revelers. Oddly enough ear protection is a standard part of a professional drummer's tool kit. I also forgot to mention that my mother was an…"
Dec 29, 2017
Brian Copeland replied to Russell Providence's discussion ARE ALL PANMEN DEAF? Health Safety and Steelband.
"My then PhD student Fasil Muddeen and I helped Dr Solaiman Juman do a study at Exodus Steelband in the 1990s I think. He is an ENT specialist at Mount Hope. His study, as I recall, was on the sound levels throughout the band. He found that the…"
Dec 26, 2017

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At 11:52am on March 14, 2011, david de castro said…


MY EMAIL IS  calypsobandit@live.com   DAVE DE CASTRO


At 3:09pm on May 23, 2010, evan lobo said…
At 7:10pm on March 12, 2010, lester simon said…
Sorry, "6 bases having to of the ....", should have read, "6 bases having TWO of the ....."
At 6:52pm on March 12, 2010, lester simon said…
Ironic, the opposition to the G Pan. Ironic because some pan players need to move their mind from the arbitrary nature of the layout of some of the pans (like the double tenor) to the logic of 2 pans having whole tone scale, 3 pan having diminished chords, 4 pans having augmented chords and 6 bases having to of the 12 notes (with an octave). Then, they have to make another logical jump to diving the cycle of 5/4 into 3 for the 3 G-pan. The only thing that will save them mentally, is when they try to divide the cycle of 5/4 into two for a 2 pan, they will smile at the presence of a semitone in each of the pan and praise the step-up they have made from arbitrary layout to the logic of music, which a circular instrument like the pan must celebrate. Thanks for the foresight and the logic that music dictates. Dr. Lester CN Simon
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will like to promote g- pan in canada//resume//richard forteau//keith diaz//talk to me cecil mugs clarke//ipan


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Pioneer Tuner Anthony Williams to receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the University of the West Indies

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 12:23pm 8 Comments

At last!

Congratulations to Pioneer Tuner Anthony Williams who will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Letters -DLitt) by the UWI at its Graduation Ceremonies in October 2016!

A partial citation is given on the UWI Today page at UWI Today:

Mr Anthony Williams – DLitt

Mr Anthony Williams is, perhaps, the most significant contributor to the development of…


Final send-off Trini Style by Despers

Posted on March 1, 2016 at 5:33pm 3 Comments

Thanks to Mario Nunes for this link:
Despers at Lapeyrouse

PHI co-inventor Earle Phillip has passed away

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 1:19am 1 Comment

It is with great regret that I announce the death of Earle Phillip, PHI co-inventor and early pioneer of the gospelypso music genre. Earle was not widely known on the steelpan circuit but his love for music and for the instrument knew no bound.

Here's to you Earle. Thanks for the guidance, teaching and motivation. We will fight on to ensure that your dream becomes a reality. May the God, in whom you so fervently believed, give your spirit peace.

Brian Copeland…


NSSO & GPans

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 2:06am 6 Comments

Didn't realise that Ministry of Culture posted these ... this is my favourite NSSO performance - Waltz for Iris composed by Ray Holman. I think this was recorded at Naparima Bowl in 2008. Waltz for Iris


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