Story behind the song “Rumble in the Jungle” - continued...
....“Secondly, Supernovas wishes to follow up from last year, after much preparation during the year, to continue to throw musical punches in the ring. The sounds of steel will no longer be the same as the lion roars in the arena. The band is here to stay and ready to rumble not only in Trinidad but is ready for the world to see what it has to offer.
“Thirdly, the noise and grumbling for the Panorama could not be lost for 2017. The lyrics were written by Amrit while there was close collaboration on the melody and music between Mark and Amrit. “Is time we show panists our admiration, for bringing fame, love and praises to our nation.”
“Musically, last year while the song went from minor to major from verse to chorus to simulate a burst of energy, this year the chorus starts in a major but goes into a minor mode.
“The band Supernovas hails from Surrey Village, in Lopinot, home of the late cultural icon, Dr. Jit Samaroo, Amrit’s legendary father, whose contribution will always be remembered by the global pan community. January 2017 marks the first anniversary of Jit’s passing and Amrit continues to forge his own path with Supernovas, taking bold steps for the band.
“Chuck Gordon, two-time Calypso Monarch, once again infected the song with his energy and spirit, with the musical production done by Junior “Ibo” Joseph.”
Left to right: Amrit Samaroo, Junior “Ibo” Joseph, Mark Loquan at studio
Call him Chuck Gordon... - continued from Rumble in the Jungle
....The talented crooner wrote himself into calypso history at the 2015 Dimanche Gras by becoming only the sixth calypsonian to win back to back titles in nearly a century.
In 2014 he made history by being the second youngest winner of the National Calypso Monarch competition.
He repeated the feat in 2015 with a tongue-in-cheek political commentary entitled “The Rose” and a patriotic call for national unity in “I Believe.”
It was a victory true to a trajectory that has seen him, in the past six years, branch out from his childhood Kaiso roots to establish equally strong credentials in the Soca arena. His offerings “I Never,” “Anything Ah Want” and “Blazin’” are already Soca standards.
He showed his versatility on the crossover track “Personality” as well as maintained his consistent groove on the infectious Red Boyz produced “Take Me Home.”
The latter formed the title track for his European tour that saw him take his unique sound to six cities including: Aalborg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Amsterdam, Paris and London.
In 2012 Chuck won his first title, the Lord Brynner Independence Calypso Monarch competition which commemorated Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th Independence celebrations. His winning composition “Bear With Me” called on nationals to endure the social, political and economic challenges experienced with the promise of better and stronger days ahead.
His two national titles followed a string of consistent appearances in the finals of the National Calypso Monarch (four times) and International Groovy Soca Monarch (five times) competitions.
The Laventille-based artiste has also consistently contributed music to Trinidad & Tobago’s national instrument, the Steelpan, with his 2008 calypso “Thunder Coming” being voted Pan Song of the Year after dominating the Panorama competition.
Chuck’s success has made him a hot commodity on the International Carnival circuit. He also traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean diaspora participating in Carnivals across North America including: Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto in Canada, as well as, US-based festivities in Los Angeles, North Carolina, Arizona and Boston.
He was also recently nominated in the Best New Male Artist category at the International Soca Awards in New York.
Chuck Gordon had a busy 2016 with tours to the US, Europe and Japan on his itinerary.
Amrit Samaroo... - continued from Rumble in the Jungle
....Although he enjoyed success as a panist, his passion was arranging. He has written his name in the chronicles of pan arrangers in Trinidad and Tobago by taking the BP Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra to winner’s row in the National Junior Panorama Competition in their first three years (2002 to 2004) and to the runner-up position from 2005 to 2007. He continued to win other junior competitions with St. Augustine Girls’ High School Steel Orchestra.
In the senior competition, Amrit has taken bands such as Lee Chong’s Pan Glow, Trinidad Nostalgic, Melodians, and BP Renegades (2008 and 2009), to the National Panorama finals. He continues to arrange music for Renegades in competitions like the “Pan is Beautiful Steelband Festival” and the “Pan Jazz Challenge.”
Amrit, along with his cousin Anthony Samaroo and other residents of Surrey Village in Arouca, formed the Supernovas Steel Orchestra in 2010. With Amrit as leader/arranger Supernovas placed second on debut in the small band category of the 2012 National Panorama. This was followed with third place in 2013. In 2014 Supernovas won this division of the competition.
Internationally, Amrit has arranged for the Pantime Steel Orchestra in St. Lucia since 2005. They have consistently placed in the top three of St. Lucia’s National Panorama and won in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In the 2014 New York Panorama, the Long Island-based ADLIB Steel Orchestra, placed second on Amrit’s debut as their arranger.
As an Educator, Amrit has conducted workshops in pan-playing techniques and arranging at the Pan New England Steel Band Festival (2008); and Panorama Arranging at the PANorama Steel Band Festival (2011) and PANfest (2015) in Virginia Beach in the U.S.A.
Amrit is currently a player and a staff arranger of the Trinidad and Tobago National Steel Symphony Orchestra performing for world leaders and royalty, including Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, King Juan Carlos of Spain and United States President Barack Obama.
Mark Loquan... - continued from Rumble in the Jungle
....Mark has produced several popular songs for Panorama, which have been performed in Trinidad, and across the globe in main pan events as well as in schools and universities. Starting with songs like Glory, Passion for Pan, Fire and Steel, Identity, Frenzy, Colours Again (Pan Song of the Year COTT Awards), he has also collaborated musically with Amrit Samaroo, Edwin Pouchet, Ken “Professor” Philmore, and Seion Gomez to produce songs like Celebration Time, Hooked, Dangerous, Surrender, Calling Meh, Vibes, Bass on Fire, Breakthrough and Outta De Box. At the first International Panorama held in Trinidad in August 2015, Supernovas placed 2nd with his composition, Dr. Samaroo. He has also worked with a multitude of singers, writers, and performers and has enjoyed long-term collaborations with Denyse Plummer and Destra Garcia over his musical journey.
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