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Lord Kitchener's "Play Mas" by Solo Harmonites, Panorama winners 1971

In the late sixties and early seventies, Solo Harmonites was one of the dominant steelband powers and seemed to be a fixture in winners row at Panorama.

Musically led by the great pan arranger Earl Rodney, the band had a big, "town band" sound, and some of Earl's arrangements have been stuck in my head to this day.

In 1971, Solo Harmonites were Panorama winners,in a tie with Starlift.

From their 1971 album, "Carnival Time" here is their winning Earl Rodney arrangement of Lord Kitchener's "Play Mas".

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Comment by Wayne Jagdeo on May 2, 2011 at 10:53pm
Earl Rodney arranger and jam champion , Alan Gervais tuner extraordinaire and the pan men from Point Fortin who came up North for the gave Harmonites its unique sound and energy and produced the first Pan Champions from East Trinidad.  This was a time when the pan ruled the fetes at Carnival and the bands went from Panorama to the fete and then to Jourvet. Treasured memories evoked
Comment by yvette on May 2, 2011 at 7:22pm
Thanks Glenroy, this brought back some good memories.
Comment by Peter Gray on May 2, 2011 at 9:21am

Thanks again, Glenroy.  I remember those days.


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