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Passing of Dr Anthony Achong

The UWI Community mourns the passing of Dr Anthony Achong who passed away on June 29, 2020. DR Achong was an academic who devoted much of his research to steelpan technology.

He began his academic career in UWI Mona in 1970 where he started as a Part-Time Tutor in 1970 and then worked his way up to become a Lecturer in Physics in 1975 where he…


Added by Brian Copeland on September 20, 2020 at 12:11am — 2 Comments

Pioneer Tuner Anthony Williams to receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the University of the West Indies

At last!

Congratulations to Pioneer Tuner Anthony Williams who will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Letters -DLitt) by the UWI at its Graduation Ceremonies in October 2016!

A partial citation is given on the UWI Today page at UWI Today:

Mr Anthony Williams – DLitt

Mr Anthony Williams is, perhaps, the most significant contributor to the development of…


Added by Brian Copeland on September 4, 2016 at 12:23pm — 8 Comments

Final send-off Trini Style by Despers

Thanks to Mario Nunes for this link:
Despers at Lapeyrouse

Added by Brian Copeland on March 1, 2016 at 5:33pm — 3 Comments

PHI co-inventor Earle Phillip has passed away

It is with great regret that I announce the death of Earle Phillip, PHI co-inventor and early pioneer of the gospelypso music genre. Earle was not widely known on the steelpan circuit but his love for music and for the instrument knew no bound.

Here's to you Earle. Thanks for the guidance, teaching and motivation. We will fight on to ensure that your dream becomes a reality. May the God, in whom you so fervently believed, give your spirit peace.

Brian Copeland…


Added by Brian Copeland on September 8, 2014 at 1:19am — 1 Comment

NSSO & GPans

Didn't realise that Ministry of Culture posted these ... this is my favourite NSSO performance - Waltz for Iris composed by Ray Holman. I think this was recorded at Naparima Bowl in 2008. Waltz for Iris

Added by Brian Copeland on April 14, 2014 at 2:06am — 6 Comments

TRIBUTE .... to Richard Mc David and Keith Belle

I just wanted to say farewell to Richard Mc David, engineer and pan stalwart.

Richard passed away and was cremated on November 5th, just a couple of weeks ago. Apart from his active involvement in the management of Renegades, Richard worked as a contractor for the Steelpan Initiatives Project and was the lead engineer for the G-Pans and the steelpan fabrication facility at Macoya. He was a member of the team that was awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal in 2008. He was a brilliant…


Added by Brian Copeland on November 17, 2013 at 10:02pm — 18 Comments

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