Steelpan Arranger
Lennox “Bobby” Mohammed  - Steelpan Arranger

Lennox “Bobby” Mohammed

 

Lennox “Bobby” Mohammed - Cavaliers
Picture by WST
Panorama Championships
Trinidad & Tobago - 1965, 1967

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Lennox “Bobby” Mohammed  (born  in San Fernando, Trinidad)

Accomplishments and influences of Lennox “Bobby” Mohammed

  • Toured with the National Steelband of Trinidad & Tobago - 1964, 1965 and 1967.

  • Arranged for the National Steelband of Trinidad and Tobago - 1965 and 1967.

  • Composed two classical pieces Gallopade (1966) and The Revelation From Beyond (1967) written specifically for the Music Festival.  This was the first time a steelband had use it’s own ‘classical’ composition in the competition.  In addition, all the parts were scored for all the sections of the steel orchestra.  They reached the final four.

  • Bobby was instrumental in developing what would be later termed or defined as the sound and musical style of ‘the South bands.’  It was a very distinct sound that was unlike any other.

  • Bobby fashioned a Panorama ‘bass movement’ that used pauses and sudden drops.  It was an approach not seen or heard before.  His use of dynamics and drama in the Panorama setting was original. This approach is common today but was introduced by Bobby.

  • Bobby introduced the ‘change key’ to a minor in Panorama.

  • Bobby introduced dramatic intros and classical endings to Panorama pieces.  He is also credited with introducing ‘jamming’ (jam sections) into arrangements.


Additional info below posted with special permission from the  BestOfTrinidad.com by Ronald C. Emrit - check link for updates

EDUCATION: Presentation College
STEELBANDS:
  • Gondoliers (1950s - 1961)
  • Cavaliers (1961 - 1970s)
  • SPECIALTIES:
  • Player
  • Arranger
  • CAREER:  Mohammed was a founding members of the Gondoliers Steelband in the late 1950s, but left to form the Cavaliers Steelband in February 1961. He went on to take Cavaliers to victory in the 1965 and 1967 Panorama competition. As a member of the Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband, he performed at: the MRA Conference in the USA (1964); the Commonwealth Arts Festival in London, England (1965); and Expo '67 in Montreal, Canada. The following is a summary of the Cavaliers record in the Panorama competition with musical arrangements by Mohammed:
    • 1965 - "Mas" (Lord Melody), 1st
    • 1966 - "My Brother, Your Sister" (Lord Kitchener), 2nd
    • 1967 - "Sixty-Seven" (Lord Kitchener), 1st
    • 1969 - "Mas in Brooklyn" (Mighty Sparrow), 2nd
    AWARD:
    • 1992 - Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Gold (for Culture)
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit

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