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Pan Trinbago

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Rampersad Jul 22. 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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Aug 27
George Rampersad replied to Russell Providence's discussion Racism In Steelband: BLM - Mason Dickson Line - DIXIELAND
"The question is not relevant in modern day Trinidad society. We do not have the same black-white divide as the United States.It can lead to the absurd...like for example, should we continue to celebrate bands like Invaders, Casablanca,…"
Jul 24
George Rampersad replied to George Rampersad's discussion Pan Trinbago
"Ah hear yuh, bro..."
Jul 22
Claude Gonzales replied to George Rampersad's discussion Pan Trinbago
"PAN TRINBAGO (or the STEELBAND ASSOCIATION) was formed as a POLITICAL ARM of THE PNM. Just a few years ago KEITH DIAZ pointed out (boasted actually) that the EXTENDED FAMILY of PAN TRINBAGO controls a 375,000 PNM VOTING BLOCK. So the idea of…"
Jul 22
George Rampersad posted a discussion

Pan Trinbago

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 to the betterment of the people who play/tune/arrange for our incredible and unique  instrument...?Do you have constructive ideas/serious suggestions? Looking forward to hearing from you. Keep safe and have a pleasant day.See More
Jul 22
George Rampersad posted a status
"Tuners in "Pan in Schools" are still waiting on their money. Can Pan Trinbago, who hired them, to tune/blend, say when they will be paid?"
Jul 15
George Rampersad posted a video

Trini Tuh De Bone

Satire on Trinidadians living abroad. Social commentary and humor. Observations of the behaviour of the steelband "expat-experts". Performed in the style of ...
Jul 6
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GEORGE RAMPERSAD speaks on BEHALF OF PAN PLAYERS ...
"Yeah - ah couple times..."
Jul 3
George Rampersad was featured
Jun 16
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Condolences to the family and friends of "Beverly Fonrose" of Starlift Steel Orchestra
"A great loss to Starlift, BeeWee Retirees Association, Aero Services Credit Union, and all the people who knew her....may she rest in eternal peace. "
May 30
George Rampersad posted a photo

New Album - Kaiso & Pan

11 tracksAll tracks composed, arranged and sung by George Rampersad.Live instruments – drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keyboard and pan.
May 25
George Rampersad replied to Pan Times's discussion Panist Des' story - Old, Alone and Stuck at Home: -- Channel 4 News
"You are safe, surrounded by peole who love and care about you. Not stuck...blessed."
May 22
George Rampersad posted a video

COVID-19

George Rampersad - COVID19
May 19
George Rampersad posted a video

THANK YOU

A tribute to the frontline workers across the world in the fight against COVID-19. Calypso. Steelpan. Pan. George Rampersad.
May 17
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion George Rampersad: I am MORE THAN IMPRESSED with THIS RECORDING (COVID-19) especially the PAN (and the way it was played and RECORDED) and THE LYRICS ...
"Thanks for the compliments and the kind words, bro...stay at home an keep safe!"
Apr 28
George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GEORGE RAMPERSAD: Ah giving you a STAND ALONE .... PAN FROM HEAVEN!!!
"Yuh hear sid one bout COVID-19? Hope yuh enjoy...!  https://youtu.be/PGPWgdeTPF4"
Apr 27

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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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