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‘Pan Man’

sung by “Jackspania”
composed by Jathniel Thomas

Pan performance by Freddie Harris, III



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Verse 1

When I was young and growing up
I wanted to be a pan man
But Ma say no, I say why not so
Boy you want to be a bad man
I tried my best without no rest
To be a pan man
She say ain’t no way I’ll let you play
You want to be a bad man


Ma you can’t stop me
You can’t stop me
You can’t stop me
You can’t stop me, no ma
I want to me a pan man
Pan man, I want to be a pan man
Pan man, I want to be a pan man
Ma you can’t stop me
You can’t stop me
You can’t stop me
You can’t stop me, no ma
I want to me a pan man

Verse 2

As time went on
Now she is gone
You should see the pan man
He plays with pride
No reason to hide
No segregation from the elites
of the nation
Now listen well time will tell
When steel pan music
Will be sounded in every country
Now I hope to see
We thank you Winston Spree
That steel pan music
Will flood the music industry


Verse 3

Ma couldn’t see the future to be
What Bertie Marshall and Ellie Mannette
Did for our nation
Ma couldn’t see the future to be
How institutions like schools and churches
Welcome the pan man
Ma couldn’t see the future to be
How people cherish the pan man
Dr. Eric Williams say
Boys, girls and women should play
It’s our culture
It will bring us a brighter future


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“Pan Man”

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Jathniel Thomas, known by the moniker “Jackspania,” is an emerging calypso singer who hails from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Though he’s now establishing himself as a solo artist, he has written and produced many songs for many different artistes like Nap Hepburn among others. Thomas has played back-up for many calypsonians including Duke, Stalin, Barron and The Mighty Sparrow as a keyboardist. As the former leader of the Fabulous Deltones, he has headlined throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

As a teacher in the New York City Public School System, Thomas was instrumental in assisting in the developing young talent; particularly in the area of Steel Pan bringing this culture to the younger Diaspora in North America. He has worked with the Jackie Robinson Center, Police Athletic League and other organizations in NYC.

Currently Thomas is the CEO of Moonstone Product- ions and owns and operates Japat Music Studio and School, where he continues to ensure that young talent is honed. His most recent endeavor is his foray into Calypso, with the CD Come Along With Me and he was in the process of producing Sparrow until Sparrow’s recent health challenges.

The track Pan Man is a commentary on the history of pan and where it evolved from based on the negative connotation that it used to have, to the place of notoriety, and widespread popularity that it currently holds. 

Also in the music spotlight for the 2014 Panorama season, is Thomas’ Dancing To  The Pan and We Come Out To Play.

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