In a few weeks New York's Steelpan community will be full swing.  We begin our pre- season coverage with Women In Steel who made major waves this weekend...

Women In Steel perform
at Brooklyn Museum's gala celebration

The Brooklyn Museum occupies a special place in history as the one that was slated to be the largest in the world - larger than the famed Louvre in Paris - had it been built to its original specifications of 3,000,000 square feet.  Brooklyn's annexation to New York City brought about the scaling back of those plans to one sixth that size.  Women in Steel who have made their own mark as Brooklyn's only all-female steel orchestra, became part of the institution's history as it marked yet another epoch in its existence.  Saturday April 17 heralded the official public unveiling and celebrated opening of the Brooklyn Museum's New Open Front Entrance and Public Plaza, and free admission to the facility and the day's events facilitated a constant audience flow in the tens of thousands.

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The Panman's Composer

Bio: Lord Kitchener ("Kitch"), the Grandmaster, was born April 18, 1922, as Aldwyn Roberts in Arima, Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), into a family of six.  His father was a successful blacksmith in Arima.  Kitch attended the Arima Boys' Government School between the ages of 5 and 14, when he was forced to leave school following the death of his parents.  He started composing calypsoes at the tender age of 10, and also learnt to play the guitar.  His first job as a singer was in 1936, when he was hired to serenade the employees of the Water Works.  He got his first break in 1937 while he was performing in an old time bamboo calypso tent in Arima.  In 1938, he ventured into the realm of big time calypso, and in 1939 he produced a hit called "Shops Close Too Early".  In 1942, he joined the Roving Brigade, a traveling group of young calypsonians who appeared at cinema houses in different districts in T&T.  In 1938, Kitch won the first prize in a calypso competition organized by the Arima Borough Council.  He held the title until 1942. In 1946 that he had his first big success.  He had a hat trick consisting of "Tie Tongue Mopsy," "Chinese Never Had a VJ Day" and "Jump In the Line."  He lived in England for many years and performed regularly in clubs in the area.  He returned to Trinidad in the early 70's and began performing and composing for pan; his compositions won many Panorama titles such 1974's "Jericho".  After his death in 2000, right before the Carnival was to begin, the entire nation of Trinidad and the artists he had inspired paid tribute to Lord Kitchener.

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