"Yes, it is a matterof concern regarding the omission of comedy.
Our comedy is unique and should definitely be showcased.
In addition, I would like to know if calypso is being featured.
I am talking about the art-form - storytelling, social…"
"Ingrid, concerning yuh "know your worth" remark: Yuh hit de nail on de head!!!!!
In de 70's Brother Valentino, in de kaiso "Dis place nice", start de last verse with the line:
"They don't know their worthLike they…"
"August is "pan month"?
Is dat de same month wey dey have CARIFESTA, wey de minister ah culture like she shame tuh have pan on ah so-call "Super Concert"...?
Who foolin who?
Not all pan players dotish...some ah we does tink…"
"How Pan Trinbago go vex wit de culture vulture minister when dey in she pocket?
How dey go run de nex Panorama if dey vex wit she?
Allyuh dotish if allyuh tink dat Pan Trinbago goin tuh go against de minister...dat go be "committin…"
"Talk cheap. Time tuh stop talkin pass long long time.
Pan players have tuh "pass dat stage" in de role ah "ostracized, sufferer and exploited".
Pan players have tuh do like dem other musician all over de world:
"I find the question "Natrional instrument or bastard child?" irrelevant.
As a pan player, my experience in Trinidad is that pan has always been the bastard child.
The authorities have always neglected pan and pan players.
"Why are people surprised?
No government (past or present) has done anything for pan.
If you think they are going to start now, then you ought to have your head examined.
As a pan player, I have learnt that you have to depend on yourself."
"It would be nice to know who posted this comment and where that person got that information from.
Did Mr. Dalton Narine speak to that person?
Is is hearsay?
When was the term first used?
It is important to document these things."
"With all due respect for Mister Dalton Narine, an extremely competent journalist with in-depth knowledge of Trinidad and its culture, I humbly beg to differ from Mr. Narine’s spelling of the word “based on the rules of…"
"Dear Mister Gonzales,
Ah been tinkin bout yuh dream about some Trinidadian composin some what yuh call "GLOBAL PAN MUSIC".
Ah have ah pardner in Copenhagen who know ah lil bit bout pan music. Now he eh no big time expert like…"
"Despite the proximity of Spain to Africa - Spanish music never took off in Africa...
Despite the proximity of Germany to France - German food never took off in France...
Despite the proximity of Cuba to Jamaica - Salsa never took off in…"
"Thanks to all
The mothers of all nations
This song of dedication
Is especially for you
You as barber, tailor, teacher
Doctor, lawyer, judge and preacher
It is time you had your due
You showed the way
Taught us not to lie
To hold our…"
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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.