"Yes! Dey bomb dat! Sweet pan, holds the melody, nice rhythm, anybody could understand what they playing, designed to please the ordinary pan aficionado not the musicologist yet intricate enough to mesmerize anybody from chile to grey hair. 45 years…"
"Melody fadder! Words to linger over. And so timely. He always was timely. Paints a nostalgic picture of what is and was, from the very first words....."The sun is descending, the moon is approaching...and the crowd is…"
"What I trying to say ("superbly executed") is yes, instruments and playing and quality and complexity of arrangements, is much better and probably to the musicologist more attractive but I am just a person who likes the "sound"…"
"Panorama killing pan. Plenty noise & vigour. Bim bim bang bang! Supremely executed yes but ultimately boring and no different from what it was 25 years ago. So no progress. Without progress, it dies."
"But surely the "Jamette Carnival", probably deliberately vulgar and shocking by barrack yard "performers", is not the same as the modern day middle class "performers", with their US$1000 "costumes" and AC WCs?"
"Excellent review! Down to the influence of the DJs and the bandleaders. "it was the steel-band, and to a lesser extent the calypso, that made Trinidad Carnival unique". End of story.
Padner, if we could find a way…"