""In the early 1960s, the socially unacceptable stigma of the steelband began to change as Whites and East Indians who were attracted to the music joined middle-class Blacks and began playing in steelbands all over the island. At the same time,…"
"I saw a lot of Rock backstage at Queen's Hall during the 1962 Music Festival when I had the good fortune to be playing with Metronomes (Romance) when we competed with North Stars (Voices of Spring). You can read more:…"
"Mikey came over from Invaders to join us in Starlift in 1963. He was a quiet, respected panman that got along with everyone. We enjoyed a lot of great moments playing on the stage side wherever Angostura wanted us:…"
"What part of the country is this person from? It seems that he (she) should relocate to Florida where white folks commonly select white players (who don't seem to be able to play soca or calypso) over black Caribbean players for their…"
"As far back as the early-1950s, I remember the single bass being strapped around the neck of panmen on the road and one sponge-wrapped stick being used. The same with the "do-doop" or 2-note smaller bass drum with was invented to…"
"In 1962, Teddy and I sat close to each other in Form 5A at QRC and, from then on, there was a constant "woofing" about who was playing with the better band; Teddy with Hilanders, or me with Starlift. The "ole…"
"I first met Orville in 1974 when he was arranging for the Modern Sounds steelband in Boston and he was at Berklee. It was a pleasure playing his music during the 1974 Boston Carnival. I last saw him at the Copley Hotel in May 1991 when I…"
"Pete! It has been 47 years since I left home. I am drawing a blank on your identity. Please enlighten me. You knowledge of the people you have cited makes me believe that you lived on Luis Street between Roberts Street and…"
"I grew up on Luis Street in Woodbrook, two blocks from the Invaders yard. In the mid-fifties, when the great steelband experiment was accelerating from single pans (around the neck) to multiple-pan instruments, one could hear the sweet sound…"
I remember that bomb tune very well. In those days I was a staunch Starlift supporter up until 72-73 when the band split.......I distinctly recall your home was the ONLY home I went to in which a tenor pan was in the living room.......you…"
"Hi Ron, tried to send you a note and it got messed up, hope this gets through.
As I was saying that off beat phrasing that we have come to know as a trade mark of Invaders was there long before Zephryn and Ray was on the scene. Those influences…"
"This was our "Bomb" tune for Carnival 1965, arranged by Ray Holman. The clarify of the sound emanating from ALL sections of the band is amazing, considering that this tune was recorded 45 years ago. I cannot express…"
"I grew up two blocks from the yard, and this is the kind of music I heard all year round while growing up in Woodbrook. With Emmanuel Riley on tenor-pan, the smooth strumming style of the double-seconds made for a distinctive sound that…"
"Happy Birthday Earl!!!! From Newtown Boys RC School in the mid-1950s to Invaders (1961) to 2nd Place with Metronomes in the 1962 Steelband Music Festival, we spent a lot of time together. Do you ever cross paths with other festival…"
"I left for Howard U in 1965 and can't remember your face after all these years. Are you a member of the Hinkson family that lived on Luis Street before moving to Warren Street? Was your Dad a policeman? Thanks for the…"
I remember that bomb tune very well. In those days I was a staunch Starlift supporter up until 72-73 when the band split.......I distinctly recall your home was the ONLY home I went to in which a tenor pan was in the living room.......you tried to show me how it was played but for the life of me I could not use both hands at the same time to do separate things........I still can't.....impossible for me to play a cuatro or piano let alone a pan. If you are the Ron Emrit who lived on Luis Street, perhaps you may recall me - - - two houses down from Emmamali's......opposite Miss Blanche!! I somehow though link you with Solo and Errol with Starlift. Is Errol in T&T. Would love to establish contact.
Hi Ron, tried to send you a note and it got messed up, hope this gets through.
As I was saying that off beat phrasing that we have come to know as a trade mark of Invaders was there long before Zephryn and Ray was on the scene. Those influences came from people like Kelvin Dove, Lloyd Lori, Oliver Mc Colin, Myfan who were the predecesors the Modern Invaders.....just so your info is more accurate O.K.