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.
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:
|Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit|