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‘The Pan Tones Ring’

sung by Jathniel Thomas (Jackspania)
composed by Jathniel Thomas



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“The Pan Tones Ring”
Jathniel Thomas (Jackspania)

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Verse 1

It’s a steel band boom
Coupled with the engine room
Steel band here and everywhere
Steel pan in all the hemisphere
This fantastic novelty
Has its own identity

It’s a steel band thing
If you hear the pan tones ring
This instrument made of steel
If you know how I love the feel
Don’t be surprised if the steel band man
Playing pan in the Vatican


(Let me hear the pan tones ring
Let me hear the steel pan swing
It gives me a joyous feeling
I must say this music is healing
This music is so uplifting
The rhythm will keep you moving) x 2

Verse 2

It’s become a global trend
This fact you must comprehend
Steel pan all in Switzerland
Spreading through the motherland
They getting to love this pan
Even Sweden, China and Japan
I’m so glad
It started in Trinidad
As a native I’m so proud
And not ashamed to say out loud
I’m a Trini man
And so I love meh steel pan


Verse 3

Some call it the pan country
They say that it means Trinity
And the natives love their instrument
And hope that it spread the continents
If Christopher Columbus had seen a pan man
He would tell the world he discovered the steel pan

Chorus - (repeat)

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Jathniel Thomas (Jackspania)
Jathniel Thomas (Jackspania)

Jathniel Thomas (Jackspania), a multi-talented musician, was born in the island of Trinidad in the village of Arouca. He first started playing the guitar at the age of ten and eventually learned other instruments including:  Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Percussions and steel pan. Thomas aka “Jato” was the leader of several bands over the years, including the Fabulous Deltones, and the Hi-Lights in Trinidad as well as several bands in the USA. He also backed many well-known artists including Mighty Sparrow, Mighty Duke and Lord Nelson.


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Now residing in Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A., his contribution to steel pan music was greatly recognized by institutions such as The Jackie Robinson Center, Police Athletic League and Wingate High School, in which he was very instrumental in teaching and developing steel bands and spreading the culture of Trinidad and Tobago.

Currently, Thomas (Jackspania) is the president of Moonstone productions and Japat Music School & Recording Studio, in which he partners with Cheryl Vincent who is a vocalist, registered nurse, and his background singer. As vocalist, composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, engineer and music teacher, the quest of Thomas (Jackspania) is to create music that will be internationally appealing both in lyrical content and musicianship. His motto says - “To counter stagnancy there must be growth.”

For the 2015 season, Thomas has two songs to date in the ‘running’ - the track featured here, The Pan Tones Ring, and Pan Warriors.


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