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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 Pan Times's discussion Miami Carnival official: T&T must make firm decision on 2022 mas
"Imagine a T&T officisl saying: "USA must make firm decision on 2023 Thanksgiving"...! Independence is a state of mind."
Nov 25
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion A Moment in Pan - "A declaration is insufficient" -- Dennise Demming
"Well said...and very true. On the other hand, the statement: "If we are serious about our cultural heritage.." there is a devil in the details: it is the first word: "If". It would be better to ask the question. "Are we…"
Nov 4
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Carib Brewery celebrates 70 years of premium beers
"With regard to the statement that: "Carib has been internationally known to be synonymous with steelpan"  - as a panman for over 40 years, I am just wondering to whom Carib has been known to be synonymous with steelpan. What about the…"
Oct 29
George Rampersad commented on Pan Times's page Trinidad Express Editorial - Solve Pan Trinbago’s pandemic delay
"If all steelbands renounced their membership of PT "indefinitely", would the governmnt pay salaries to an executive of an organization without members?  We, the panmen and women do not know the power we have by "voting with our…"
Oct 10
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion A call to action – Speak up NOW to STOP this assault on your constitutional rights.
"No one can "assault" your rights if you do not allow them to do so. If all steelbands were to revoke their membership of PT, then there would be no one who could do as they please with respect to holding on to power / government paid…"
Sep 25
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Local steel drum bands unite
"Thanks, mih bredrin. Ah hear yuh. You an I know dat, but ah only bring it up because de name is very important in law - specially in copyright and patent. Dat is why de European Court of Justice rule dat only France could make and sell a product…"
Sep 24
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Local steel drum bands unite
"I started playing pan in Trinidad in the 70s and still do so. I played in different bands known as pan sides, steelbands and steel orchestras, but I never heard of a "steel drum band" in Trinidad. On the other hand, I know many people…"
Sep 22
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion NEWSFLASH!! - THE SELF-PROCLAIMED QUEEN OF PAN STRIKES AGAIN - #PanTrinbagoElections
"Alternatively all steelbands could withdraw their membership of the organization. No membership means no one can be "leader". Just a provocative thought..."
Sep 21
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion “Shut-up and play yur pan” is not part of his DNA.- Meet Gregory Lindsay - Manager, Administrator, Panist - Up-Close!
"Gregory - yuh hit de nail on de head. Pan is jes ah instrument like other instrument. It cyar play itself. Is only when de panman / woman start tuh play dat the magic does arise. Unless dey form ah musicians union, an doh play until dey get pay, dey…"
Sep 7
George Rampersad replied to Salmon Cupid's discussion Total Disrespect! Total Advantage! Total Destruction (coming)! Say NO to HADCO.
"I am a bit confused with two statements in this post. 1. The statement: "I encourage all steelpan Builders, Tuners and Groovers to continue to work for yourself".. as well as 2: The statement: "Senior steelpan makers should unite…"
Aug 21
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

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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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