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Why I support Pan Trinbago’s Tobago initiative , and other thoughts

I happen to believe that the steelband is our most valuable cultural asset , capable of attracting foreign tourists to Trinidad and Tobago to experience the best steelband environment in the world , and even capable of encouraging them to consider purchasing a pan from the world's best steelpan makers on their departure.
Since Panorama is the major focus of steelbands today , such an…
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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on October 15, 2019 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Further thoughts about steelband mobility

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.

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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…

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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on August 27, 2018 at 10:49am — 9 Comments

Steelband "pandemonium" is not just about pan people , it is about All of us !

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…

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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on June 5, 2018 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Andy Narell's New DVD- he's definitely got the jumbie!

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…

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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on November 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Meet musician, band leader, panist and Trinidad cultural icon, Clarence Curvan

Clarence Curvan

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,…

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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on October 25, 2011 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

THE NIGHT RON BERRIDGE DROPPED A "BOMB"

The talk had been spreading for months.



Ron Berridge, the former trumpet player for the Clarence Curvan Orchestra, was forming a super group made up of some of the best musicians in the land.



Included were such music stalwarts as Roy Cape on alto saxophone, the man we knew as "Oxley" on trombone, the Berridge brothers on trumpets, and a quirky guitarist from south called Earl Lezama.



The rhythm was anchored by "Toby" Tobias on drums and master bassist Conrad… Continue

Added by Glenroy R Joseph on July 28, 2011 at 11:59am — 13 Comments

Do you remember "Chippin"?

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…

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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on June 29, 2011 at 10:56am — 17 Comments

Remembering Pan and Reggae Legend Nerlin "Lynn" Taitt

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…

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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on May 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

How I would "Do something for pan" if I had my way

If I had my way, I'd have the steelbands in T&T focus all their energy on making money over the Carnival season which is prime time for pan, Instead of chasing after the lottery ticket that is a Panorama win.



I would take the money that is budgeted for steelband by the T&T government, the majority of which is shared by a few top bands as prize money , and use it as seed money to assist all bands in adequately preparing to participate in the Carnival celebrations and… Continue

Added by Glenroy R Joseph on April 30, 2011 at 12:34pm — 12 Comments

Indian Arrival in the Panyard

I found this interesting perspective on the East Indian involvement in the development of the steelband in T&T.



It is written by the late Trinidad Express journalist Terry Joseph, a scribe who truly had his finger on the pulse of Trinidad culture.

 

INDIAN ARRIVAL IN THE…
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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on April 25, 2011 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

Let's Hear it for Pan Times/WST

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…

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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on March 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — 21 Comments

Pan music for the Hollidays

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?

Very impressive.…

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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on December 18, 2010 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Panman on the move? Some thoughts about panists moving around, and other pan topics.

I'm becoming increasingly aware of the movement of pan people around the globe, and it all has to do with Panorama.



Not just tuners and arrangers but a lot of young panists are getting the opportunity to travel, and to play the instrument they love.



You have panists from Europe, America and as far off as Japan going to T&T (the motherland of Pan) to beat pan



Recently, members of a band from St Lucia journeyed to beat pan in T&T Panorama.



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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on September 12, 2010 at 4:14pm — 22 Comments

A questiom for this Forum: Should Panorama Judging be abolished?

Should panorama judging be abolished?



For the longest while I've been pondering this question, and my usual answer has been no, we need competition, because it brings out the best in the bands and arrangers.



But listening to Nu-Tones Panorama winning performance of David Rudder's "High Mas" for the umpteenth time, I realize how subjective the judging really is.



I mean no disrespect to the legend Clive Bradley, and nothing against Nu-Tones (we all love to see the… Continue

Added by Glenroy R Joseph on July 22, 2010 at 12:36pm — 29 Comments

I've been asked:How do I create a video from a record album or video tape for posting on WST or YouTube

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…

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Added by Glenroy R Joseph on July 7, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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