Our own Edmundo Ros (born Edmund Ross, 1910 Port of Spain) gave an English-language version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmrOqmZMKyA
He was a hit in England playing Latin music, with some calypso thrown in.
I remember he came…"
Great question! And forgive me for taking so long to respond to it...
Musical genius does not diminish with age. For example: the aged Cuban gentlemen of The Buena Vista Social Club made a "come-back" when they were in their 80s;…"
I like all the comments, and memories. The memories especially are needed to keep Duvonne's achievement in perspective.
When I give his 2018 piece a Greatest of All Time accolade, it is because of the overall conception and coherence of…"
Each one of us on this group probably has such a memory. Mine was the year (1969?) Solo Harmonites won Panorama with "The Wrecker". I had an out of body experience jumping up in that band, one of maybe thousands, just as the band…"
"P.S. Re that last thought: It's easy to see why the scores were low relative to other years, despite the high performance standard: Renegades at playing position No. 1 was scored first. Judges naturally set a conservative "benchmark"…"
"Thanks Claude. This is a piece to listen to, over and over again, there is so much in it, and at so many levels.
Amazingly, the piece succeeds at several levels:
One - It is Panorama music, and of a high order, produced to satisfy the producers of…"
"Yes! Absolutely masterful.
With this arrangement one gets the sense that Duvonne is a Master Musician whose instrument is the whole orchestra! One gets the sense also that he is playing this instrument not only with absolute mastery, but with a…"
I'm coming out of hibernation just to say I thoroughly enjoyed this year's Panorama. All the performances were outstanding.
But what tells the tale of this year's Panorama is that the points spread between the last…"
"Interesting. I think I understand the logic behind the winning positions. #1 is good because all will remember who went first, including the judges. Last position also will stand out.
Positions 8, 9 and 10 are the power positions. That takes some…"
It wasn't so much what he said, but what he didn't.
The Syrian community is implicated in drug-dealing. Not me that say so, but some within or related to the community itself, e.g. Daurius Figueira cited above, and David Nakhid…"
Thanks for posting these.
I gave a link only to the second, then realized the earlier one was actually more on point.
But once one gets to one, the other one will also be right there to look at also... for those interested enough to dig…"
I don't get the specific allusion as to parr chahee and the video, but of course I'm reasonably well clued in to the general context. If I looked at it again I might get it, but I won't.
I understand the sensitivity. But…"
Yes, i know some of those names, , Malcolm Jones and Trevor Scott were a couple years older than us.
Trevor's brother Hubie, their cousin James Babb and a few of us used to lime in Frederick street, Marabella.
I also knew Robert Sair. As a matter of fact, he was one of the guys I spoke to after the clash
Guinness Gondoliers was a tough band from the Coffee who also played military mass, and were our natural rivals.
For a while, they and All Stars were the biggest bands in Sando.
I remember they portrayed an outstanding tribute to John Kennedy after his death.
The clash may have damaged that band, because shortly afterwards Bobby and his brother took some members and left them to form Cavaliers.
Guinness had both bands compete in a musical "shootout" for the sponsorship, and the Cavaliers won.
That was how Guiness Cavaliers was born.
BTW I don't know if you remember the druggist in Marabella at the time, but he was a large man, maybe Syrian, and with a beard he made a perfect Fidel Castro. We had an outstanding presentation that year, and our bomb tune was Handel's Largo.
I remember Marines going up the Coffee at about seven pm that Carnival Tuesday playing our bomb tune, and we clashed with Gondoliers right by Presentation College.
I remember being told how fast "Castro" moved down Lord street. I believe Robert Sair was the one who told me this
. I didn't see "Castro", because I also ran like hell.