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‘Pan Injustice’

sung by “Tunapuna Scanty” 
composed and arranged by Miguel Reyes



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Composer and panist Miguel Reyes, who shares the same hometown with the late Aldwyn Roberts aka Lord Kitchener is from Arima in east Trinidad.  And like Kitchener, Miguel - the last son of Elma Reyes - is also deeply involved with the culture of Trinidad and Tobago.  The year 1980 saw Reyes relocating to Bermuda, and there becoming a member of a band called The Real Thing managed by nightclub owner Choy Aming.  His involvement with music became rooted, and has been the mainstay in his life ever since.

Recognition in his homeland came Miguel’s way in 2009 when his acclaimed ‘pan tune’ Bandoleros - vocalized by Tunapuna Scanty - was performed in competition by steel orchestras at Trinidad & Tobago’s famed national steelband Panorama.  Champion arranger Yohan Popwell would take Sforzata Steel Orchestra in the medium conventional bands category to winner’s row with his arrangement of Reyes’ music - its ‘danceability’ and catchy delivery by Tunapuna Scanty making Bandoleros a favorite with young people in pan yards all over. 

And international acclaim via New York was just a few months away when two veteran and world-renowned steel orchestras Despers USA and Sonatas also opted for Bandoleros as their panorama tune of choice.  Once again Bandoleros would become a champion selection in the hands of Popwell, as he delivered yet another winning arrangement, this time with and performed by New York powerhouse Sonatas.

Miguel Reyes has honed his remarkable musical acumen through instruction in musical arrangement and composition under tutelage from recognized educators and musicians Merle Albino-de Coteau, Leon “Smooth” Edwards and the late master musician Clive Bradley

Now residing in New York, Miguel is releasing his first full CD called “Panorama Fest 2010.”   And naturally, with all the content composed, written, arranged and produced by him.  

One of the tracks available on the CD is Pan Injustice - again vocalized by Tunapuna Scanty, and marks the fourth year that the duo is collaborating, as they look forward to recreating their 2009 success.  Other selections on the CD are De Last Band and Flash.

A competent musician, Miguel Reyes - on his way to being himself a force to be reckoned with in the music world - is pleased at Pan Injustice’s debut here for the global music community.

Bio by C. Phillips


“Pan Injustice”
Tunapuna Scanty

Provided with the express permission of the composer(s)

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