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‘Sapna (The Dream)’

sung by Gerelle Forbes
composed by Ray Holman
lyrics by Fazad “Joe” Shageer

   

 

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LYRICS

Verse 1

The man leave Penal
With a dholak and dhantal
He pass through ‘Central’
On the way to the capital
And on he way back down
He get lost in town
Start to climb up the hill
And ended up in Laventille

Chorus

Nobody was expecting him
They just love the music he bring
They love the dhantal and dholak
They doh want the man go back
The rhythm they join together
Creating a marriage of culture
The music ready to explode
Spreading love through Trinbago
He spreading love -
It spreading love
It spreading love

Verse 2

In Despers’ pan yard
Dem fellas really glad
They was just practicing
They say the man is a blessing
The people hearts he filled
He felt love in Laventille
It show us how music great
With all the love that it create

Chorus

Verse 3

When time to go home
He didn’t go alone
Ah rhythm section
He took to the Southland
And when they start to play
All the people break away
The music sounded so sweet
It had them dancing on the street

Chorus

Nobody was expecting him
They just love the music he bring
They love the dhantal and dholak
They doh want the man go back
The rhythm they join together
Creating a marriage of culture
The music ready to explode
Spreading love through Trinbago
He spreading love -
It spreading love
It spreading love
He spreading love -
It spreading love
It spreading love


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“Sapna (The Dream)”
Gerelle Forbes

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Gerelle Forbes
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Gerelle Forbes: Singer, songwriter, actor, stage manager, musician and teacher – are all the titles of Ms Gerelle Forbes. The 22 year-old has completed the Certificate of Music at the University of The West Indies (UWI) and is now preparing to study Musical Theatre outside of Trinidad. Originally a violinist, Gerelle learnt the timpani and marimba at the UWI, but when it came to the steelpan, there was no hesitation.

Gerelle attended St. Francois Girls’ College, where she first played the instrument. She was the captain of the school's steel orchestra for two years before she left. She also represented her school at the Junior Soca Monarch competition numerous times, placing 3rd in her final year. She recently left teaching to focus on her studies and to work alongside other talented musicians.

Gerelle was the lyricist for Pan Victory vocalized by Mickiel Gabriel, which did indeed bring ‘victory’ to the Junior National Panorama champs Success Stars Pan Sounds as their tune of choice in the 2012 competition.  For the 2013 Panorama season Gerelle has penned the lyrics for Champions, while her vocal talents are utilized here in Ray Holman’s Sapna (The Dream).

Ray Holman
Ray Holman

Ray Holman is an internationally renowned educator, musician, arranger and composer who has received wide acclaim for his work in the field of music and in particular with the Steel Pan, the National Instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. Early in his career, his outstanding talent was recognized and at a young age, he started arranging and composing music for some of the country’s best known steel bands. Ray was the winner of two Panorama Championships in 1969 & 1970.

Ray graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in Trinidad. He composed some 200 musical pieces and produced 4 LPs and 3 Compact Discs. In 1989, his achievements were recognized by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago when the Humming Bird Medal Silver was awarded to him for his work in Culture/Music.

In the United States, Ray has delivered key performances, including at the Madison Square Garden and the Lincoln Centre in Manhattan; he was a Visiting Artist in Seattle at the University of Washington. In Canada, he started the first Steel Pan Programme at the University of Manitoba. Ray Holman continues to travel and teach internationally, and is scheduled to perform in Brisbane, Australia in April 2013.

In Trinidad and Tobago, he founded the Ray Holman Band, a small group of talented musicians whose repertoire is varied with a touch of Jazz. He continues to arrange for steel bands locally, regionally and internationally. He was recently recognized as one of the 50 Music Icons of Trinidad & Tobago as the country marked its 50th Anniversary of Independence.

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