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sung by “Crazy”
music by Amrit Samaroo
lyrics by Edwin “Crazy” Samaroo
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night I was awaken by a loud rumble,
Coming from the sky I placed my eye on a strange vehicle,
Through the clouds, flashing lights came down and it landed slow,
Then the door opened revealing a bunch of weird looking people.
We came many light years just to be here they all say,
For carnival we would like to play,
I say to myself like these people mad or they going crazy,
Then just so they beam down a steelpan,
The whole band!
from space coming!
They had meh body shaking,
The refrain that they singing, was
They say is heavy jammin',
We come from far with all we stars and is jam for so when we reach the savannah,
roll yuh waist , band from space come down.
The tempo right we come to fight all of them steelbands on the panorama night,
Roll yuh waist , band from space come down.
I say wait,
how the hell alyuh aliens know bout
They say TTT used to come on their television,
We're great fans of Jit Samaroo, Bradley and Holman,
And we arranger study all Boogsie music and have it down,
We know exactly the formula for a victory,
We know how to move the crowd how to jam,
We know many things about the steelband,
But we cannot get we flag woman to wine up and get on,
Like Denise Belfon!
steelband from space,
Mashing down the place,
Every creed and race,
Jumping and rolling they waist,
It is plain to see,
Pan gone Universally,
But it now in we school and we taking it cool...
In the mix,
a pan fall down and they call the
He curse all of them and then he tell them to stay quite nah,
He press a knob, behind he head and then pull out a laser,
He zap the pan and walk away as if nothing happened after,
The captain come in front the band and call a meeting,
Then he say, night of the finals we going to win,
All Stars, Renegades, Phase II and 'Radoes
Do not stand a chance against this force, we going to share real blows,
Band From Space, Amrit Samaroo explains, is a true ‘pan song’ in every sense of the word. He wrote it for the New York stage side steelband he plays with and arranges for, Steel Sensation, and they have performed it. It was also the Panorama tune of choice for Pantime in St. Lucia for 2006.
There were different lyrics then for the song, but Amrit says he “wasn’t too happy with the topic” so this time around he redid the lyrics. “The perfect man for the whole thing was Crazy [Trinidadian calypsonian who resides in the US]; it was a crazy topic.” He enlisted the assistance of fellow colleague and steelpan arranger Kareem Brown, who is also versed in studio production and operations, to turn out a musical product that would be favorable with the wider steelpan fraternity.
Both Brown and
Samaroo have won scholarships
from the Music Literacy Trust
fund, which enabled them to
study together at the University
of the West Indies. Furthermore,
Amrit says that the young
arrangers like himself, Brown,
Cheo Cato (arranger for the 2006
Junior panorama champions, St.
Augustine Senior Comprehensive
Steel Orchestra) and others,
continually ‘bounce ideas off
each other’ to have a sense of
where the [pan] music should go.
Edwin Ayoung or “Crazy” - born Edwin Ayoung in 1944, on Maraval Road in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad of a Venezuelan mother and Trinidadian father of Chinese descent, was - in his youth - as skilled and competitive in his country’s national pastime of cricket, as he has been now for years as a world-travelled musician, performing artist and composer.
Though dubbed The “Loveable Lunatic of Soca,” Ayoung has time and again not been given his due in his native land, yet remains one of the most commercially successful artists on the international soca scene. An experimentalist, he pioneered the unique musical genre known as Parang Soca and played a leading role in promoting Chutney Soca. Crazy would go on to sing several monster smashes in parang soca, including Muchacha and Homemade Wine.
A brilliant double-entendre artiste at its best - Edwin Ayoung has delighted in pushing the envelope in his humorous and witty manner. With songs like Paul, Nani Wine and Suck Meh Soucouyant to name but three, this illustrious performer remains a staple in the music world
He’s been ranked in the top three for Trinidad & Tobago’s annual national calypso monarch competition - his best showing being at position two with Dustbin Cover. He captured the prestigious Road March title (the ‘tune for the road’ during Carnival Monday and Tuesday) in 1985 with Suck Meh, Soucouyant.