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Pan Trinbago

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Rampersad Jul 22, 2020. 2 Replies

Just wondering...would it be a good idea to dissolve/scrap Pan Trinbago?What a are the pros & cons......the advantages & disadvantages....... the possible alternatives ..... that could lead…Continue

New kaiso - Shame on You #metoo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales Jan 21, 2018. 1 Reply

In case yuh fed up wit de soca an want tuh hear some lyrics.Check dis link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEd9bm13viIContinue

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George Rampersad replied to Russell Providence's discussion Leadership and Vaccination
"As a panman, I think my question about people’s opinions of vaccines on a website designed to promote the history and culture of the steelband globally was relevant. I do not disrespect the value of anyone’s contribution. I do not think…"
Jul 17
George Rampersad replied to Russell Providence's discussion Leadership and Vaccination
"Quote from the main page of When Steel Talks: "When Steel Talks is dedicated to Pan worldwide. It is an initiative designed to promote the history and culture of the Steelband globally". Should we use this forum to express our opinions of…"
Jul 17
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Happy Birthday to Amrit Samaroo - June 29
"Happy birthay, bro...keep on smilin'¨;-o))"
Jun 29
George Rampersad posted a status
"This is my latest release. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks. Keep safe and stay strong! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih_3RJoFM-Q"
Jun 19
George Rampersad commented on Ronald Benjamin's blog post Music notation:
"I don't see any "disadvantages"...knowledge about music notation is a good thing for anyone playing music. On the other hand, just as being able to read/write is not necessary to speak/tell a story, in the same way being able to…"
Jun 16
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Darlington's popular drum festival to return this weekend
"What does a drum festival have to do with a steelband playing a music instrument called pan? Just asking for a friend."
Jun 2
George Rampersad replied to Russell Providence's discussion STEELBAND SUSTAINABILITY AND SURVIVAL IN THE POST PANDEMIC ERA.
"Ah hear yuh, bro. Doh worry...pan eh in danger...! Keep safe, eh!"
May 31
George Rampersad replied to Russell Providence's discussion STEELBAND SUSTAINABILITY AND SURVIVAL IN THE POST PANDEMIC ERA.
"Mister Providence, Thanks for your reply. With respect to your question “What would you be inclined to suggest to steelbands going forward post COVID-19, as it cannot be business as usual? All of us want progress, but if you are on a dead-end…"
May 29
George Rampersad replied to Russell Providence's discussion STEELBAND SUSTAINABILITY AND SURVIVAL IN THE POST PANDEMIC ERA.
"Thanks for the post. Well-thought through and well-formulated. Analysis followed by suggestions are always constructive. Much appreciation. I just have one "doubt": On several occasions reference is made to the the "movement". I…"
May 26
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Pan Trinbago Drum Factory receives steel shipment ...
"Ah hear yuh, bro. Glad yuh enjoy it. Keep safe."
May 1
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Pan Trinbago Drum Factory receives steel shipment ...
"Ah jes done dis one - ah know yuh is ah "Foreigner" too...ha! ha! Hope yuh enjoy!  A look at what is said about people who are not living in the country of their birth. People who are clalssified as "immigrants, aliens, migrants,…"
May 1
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Pan Trinbago Drum Factory receives steel shipment ...
"Yeah yuh must love someting dat take yuh wey yuh is - an make yuh wha yuh is - an do fuh yuh wha nobody eh do. Dat is why yuh have cherish it an respect it. Ah had ah old 1965 Rambler American car wit ah bumper sticker dat say: "DON'T…"
Apr 30
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Pan Trinbago Drum Factory receives steel shipment ...
"Good to see theii produce "drums" that will be used by "pan" manufacturers. "
Apr 30
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Scouts of Belize Receive Steel Pan Instruments
"Is it a "steel pan band"? Is it a "steel drum band"? Is it a "steelband"...like the people in the country where it was invented know it? Just wondering...? "
Apr 29
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Scouts of Belize Receive Steel Pan Instruments
""The funds will be used to purchase instruments for the creation of a steel pan band."  Does anyone know a what "steel pan" band is?  "
Apr 29
George Rampersad replied to odw's discussion The Flight From Conversation
"Thanks, bro. Ah hear yuh...! Keep safe & stay strong!"
Apr 22

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Profile – George Rampersad

Born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Attended the Tunapuna Presbyterian School and St. Mary’s College in Port-of-Spain. Aircraft mechanic with BWIA – the airline of Trinidad & Tobago – from 1976 to 1984.

Learned to play the full range of steelpan instruments in Starland Steel Orchestra, taught by Wilfred Keel (Silver Stars), Claude “Moby Dick” alias “Catelli Joe” Williams (Trinidad All Stars) and Michael “Penta” Cupidore (Invaders and Hummingbirds Pan Groove). Inspired and guided by steelband virtuoso Rudy “Two Leff” Smith, arranger, pan tuner and master jazz pannist known the world over for his bebop style of playing the steelpan.

Co-founded and arranged music for Tunapuna All Stars Steel Orchestra, the only steelband with a complete repertoire of Indian music.

Migrated to Denmark in 1984. Taught steelband in schools, youth clubs and adult education evening classes. Founded and arranged music for Denmark All Stars, the band that represented Denmark at the first ever European Steelband Festival in Paris in 2000. Taught asylum seekers at camps run by the Danish Red Cross.

Collaborated with Danish trumpet player Jens Winther for 1200th anniversary celebrations of the city of Aalborg in 1990, combining the steelband Sweet Pans, comprising Danish kids he had taught, with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.

Albums: The Power of Words – Released 2008

Has given lectures and performances in Germany, Sweden, England, France, Norway and Denmark. One of the few people in the world who sings calypso to the accompaniment of steelpans, he has no formal education in the arts.

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