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Pan Trinbago

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Rampersad Jul 22. 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 Pan Times's discussion Meet Wilfred “Junior” Kieal - Panist, Percussionist & Administrator - Up-Close!
"Did his father, Wilfred Kieal Sr. live in Mt. Hope, Trinidad, played with Silver Stars in the 60s, and was the arranger for a band in Tunapuna band called Starland in the 70s?  "
Nov 13
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Remembering Composer Jan Bach in the Spotlight - first concerto ever written for steelpan
"Does anyone know the name of the "Chicago Tribune music critic who said that he can probably play the instrument faster “than anybody can play anything”? Just wondering..."
Nov 2
George Rampersad replied to odw's discussion Pan & Tassa
"Thanks Mr. Sanch. Beautiful Storytime."
Oct 29
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Technology in tune with Pan
"With regard to the post on “the first electronic steelpan”, I have never played this instrument and would therefore be grateful if someone who knows/plays this instrument could enlighten me with answers to a few questions I have. Simple…"
Oct 28
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE STEEL PAN BUILDER
"A lot of people in Trinidad & Tobago, who have worked with sinking & grooving pans for the tuner to tune, would be surprised to know that they are "steel pan builders"...including yours truly...! I would humbly like to ask people…"
Oct 25
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Meet Earle Wong - Tuner, Recording Artist, Educator, Panist and Engineer
"Good goin, bro. Keep safe and stat strong!"
Oct 25
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Meet Earle Wong - Tuner, Recording Artist, Educator, Panist and Engineer
"Nice interview. I was just wondering about the term "steelpan builder"...I have never heard the term in Trinidad. What is a steelpan builder excatly?  "
Oct 24
George Rampersad posted a status
"A tribute to the Silent Majority - the people of T&T who keep the country running. Kaiso & Pan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_N6VrIgvWk"
Oct 5
George Rampersad posted a status
"Rudy Smith Quartet “Blues for Egar” Zurich, Switzerland - 2007. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPS8tcqJ-Hw&feature=emb_logo"
Oct 3
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GEORGE RAMPERSAD: THE SILENT MAJORITY!!! This man knows how to PUT SOME LYRICS TOGETHER and HE LOVES THE CULTURE!!!
"Nuff respect, bro."
Sep 30
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Aug 27
George Rampersad replied to Russell Providence's discussion Racism In Steelband: BLM - Mason Dickson Line - DIXIELAND
"The question is not relevant in modern day Trinidad society. We do not have the same black-white divide as the United States.It can lead to the absurd...like for example, should we continue to celebrate bands like Invaders, Casablanca,…"
Jul 24
George Rampersad replied to George Rampersad's discussion Pan Trinbago
"Ah hear yuh, bro..."
Jul 22
Claude Gonzales replied to George Rampersad's discussion Pan Trinbago
"PAN TRINBAGO (or the STEELBAND ASSOCIATION) was formed as a POLITICAL ARM of THE PNM. Just a few years ago KEITH DIAZ pointed out (boasted actually) that the EXTENDED FAMILY of PAN TRINBAGO controls a 375,000 PNM VOTING BLOCK. So the idea of…"
Jul 22
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Pan Trinbago

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 to the betterment of the people who play/tune/arrange for our incredible and unique  instrument...?Do you have constructive ideas/serious suggestions? Looking forward to hearing from you. Keep safe and have a pleasant day.See More
Jul 22
George Rampersad posted a status
"Tuners in "Pan in Schools" are still waiting on their money. Can Pan Trinbago, who hired them, to tune/blend, say when they will be paid?"
Jul 15

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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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