My comments about my enjoyment of the recent steelband parades have been misinterpreted as an endorsement of steelbands on trucks , so I wish to further clarify my thoughts, to clear up any misunderstandings.
Now , I fully appreciate why it's done , but I don't like steelbands on trucks.
Like I've said many times, I think something about the steelband vibration is lost , with the distance created between the steelband , the natural environment , and the…
The mistake we are making , my friends is assuming that the problems facing the steelbands of T&T are pan people’s problems , but they are much more than that.
The problems are societal , and about national identity , culture ,vision and even more.
Trinidadians have not yet recognized that in a failing economy , an emphasis on culture and tourism will become a most important part of the nation's economic security.
Many Trinidadians have been reluctant to appreciate…
I received Andy Narell's new DVD in the mail, and I couldn't wait to check it out.
Costing less than $20.00, this DVD is a bargain.
I expected a quality product from Mr Narell, And I wasn't disappointed.
Firstly, I must be brutally honest.
I was never a big Andy Narell fan. He's good , I knew that, and I've supported his music, but I really didn't know where he was coming from.
I just couldn't relate to him as I could to Professor, or Boogie or…Continue
Clarence Curvan was one of the top Trinidadian musicians / bandleaders to emerge from the Caribbean in the nineteen sixties.
As the post war generation came of age, a fresh new sound of music emerged in Trinidad, and the Clarence Curvan Orchestra, featuring Clarence on drums was at the forefront of that musical revolution.
Clarence Curvan was born in Port of Spain, and grew up on St Vincent street a stone's throw from the Old Brigade calypso tent,…Continue
A thought occurred to me that I had almost forgotten.
Remember when Carnival in Trinidad used to be a two speed affair?.
Long before the DJs, we had music bands on the road, and their music was at a faster tempo than the steelbands.
Most of the big costume bands (we called them "Historical" bands) preferred the brass bands for their music, and their masqueraders "jumped up" much like they do today with the DJs.
On the other hand, if you played mas…
One of the greatest unsung contributors to Caribbean music is pan and reggae pioneer, the late Mr Nerlin Taitt from San Fernando.
An outstanding pan player who also did some tuning, he was the winning soloist in the island wide ping pong (tenor pan ) competition of 1956.
He was also an outstanding guitarist and band leader in Trinidad, playing with the Dutchy Brothers Orchestra and fronting his own band, the Nerlin Taitt Orchestra.
Stranded in Jamaica after an…Continue
I found this interesting perspective on the East Indian involvement in the development of the steelband in T&T.
Let's hear it for Pan Times/WST.
I don't know about you guys, but I think that one of the most significant developments in the steelband world in modern times has been the development of the internet, and particularly, of Pan on the net, Pan Times, When Steel Talks or whatever they choose to call themselves.
Their role in promoting steelband culture around the world has been invaluable.
Their impact on this year's panorama is undeniable, from providing up to date…
Tell me , pan people, what pan music are you listening to?
This week I'm enjoying Robbie Greenidge's fine Christmas album from 1995" It's Christmas mon!.
Steel Pan music Christmas style".
(I prefer it to the new one)
I'm also enjoying Invaders "An Enchanted Evening" featuring such classic Invaders hits as" With a song in my heart" and "Schubert's Serenade"
Btw, can anyone tell me who does the solo work on this album?
i've been asked several times how to create a video for posting on WST or YouTube. For you computer geeks out there this may be simple, but to others it can be challenging.
There is a free program called "Audacity" that I use to convert the album tracks to digital.
I use a USB turntable; you should be able to use a regular turntable if you can connect it to your computer.
I copy each side of the album, then use the program to export and save the…