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Lord Kitchener "No Pan" (on the road Carnival 1979)

By the nineteen seventies,carnival masqueraders were complaining about the steelbands' limited repertoire and overall lack of preparation for the road.

On the other hand, steelbands felt unappreciated and underpaid for their contributions to the carnival and the culture.

The steelband strike of 1979 was the perfect storm, and presented the ideal opportunity for the DJs to establish themselves as the alternative to the steelbands for the carnival revelry.

In his calypso "No Pan", Kitch describes what it was like to experience the first carnival of the steelband era without pan.

This has become pretty much the norm since then.

From the album, "Lord Kitchener Classics Vol. 2 - Kitchener Forever", this is Kitch's description of Carnival 1979 when the steelbands went on strike and there was no pan on the road.

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Comment by Michael Carney on July 26, 2011 at 7:24pm
Thank you very much for putting all the Kitchener records on the site!  Great as always!
Comment by Albert John Simon on June 29, 2011 at 12:18pm

Another classic by the Grandmaster himself. Excellent Lyrics and "Jumpy Music.  Änother excellent submission by Glenroy James. Keep up the good work my brother. I am a strong lover of Kitch's music. He is "Simply Wondeful as per the theme of one of his LPs.

Incidentally, does anyone have the words and music for the song "Yuh Cyar Plant Cane"? Who sang that song?


Keep up the great work "Pan Times""and "When Steel Talks"


More Power tp Calypso and Pan!    

Comment by allan assam on June 28, 2011 at 11:27pm
this explains it all,its the jumbee,in the pan,look how you moving,and chippin, already
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on June 28, 2011 at 3:46pm
As calypsonians will, Kitch does take poetic license with the incident for effect.

After all, I doubt that Shell Invaders were hiding behind a wall, or that All Stars were playing cards in their Bus Stand Compound.

But the facts are there was a steelband strike in 1979 and, with the exception of Desperadoes appearance on stage on Tuesday, steelbands refused to participate in any organised carnival events, including Panorama.

Though not the cause, this event helped to solidify the role of the DJs and weaken the dominant role of the pan in carnival, as the DJs stepped in to fill the vacuum.

The story is very much like professional sports in the US.

As popular as baseball is in the US, after the players went on strike yeas ago, it took years, and the excitement of the steroid fueled home run chase for baseball to recover.

A similar situation could occur with the NBA and NFL, and I would strongly suggest that steelband organizations outside T&T take a lesson!
Comment by Hassan C. on June 28, 2011 at 3:15pm

TRUE PEOPLES' BAND.......DESPERADOES FOREVER.......I remember when THE BIG BAND GRACE THE SAVANNAH STAGE........In fact I was on stage as part of the television crew TTT.....

Comment by wayne walcott on June 28, 2011 at 1:36pm

dere was pan on de road  . . but no pan . .except 4 Despers . . on de Savanah  stage . . we still had ah ball . . an dey announce all de bans . . buh mos ah we  who com tru de savana , din play on stage . . only  Despers . .

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on June 28, 2011 at 11:01am
My favorite lyrics in this calypso:

"All of a sudden, the announcer disclose,
Ladies and Gents, here come Desperadoes!"

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