Exodus Steel Orchestra in Antigua
When Steel Talks
(WST) has visited with and covered
countless steel orchestras throughout the world.
WST got a chance to closely observe
the members of Trinidad and Tobago’s Exodus Steel Orchestra
while covering the 2007 Moods of Pan Festival. Both
WST stayed at the Jolly Beach Resort
during our time in Antigua. After witnessing Exodus
up close, it quickly became apparent that this world-renowned
music organization’s fortunes do not depend on luck or
Exodus Steel Orchestra is truly an
both on and off the stage. Indeed the numerous
accolades and accomplishments of this world-class steel
orchestra are well documented. Professional,
disciplined, meticulous and organized, are words normally
associated with Exodus, and all these descriptions are
justly and correctly applicable to the group. They are
indeed a talented and hard-working but fun music family
striving towards one goal.
Exodus Steel Orchestra’s Ainsworth Mohammad (manager)
& Pelham Goddard (arranger)
Not surprisingly, the persona and success
of Exodus, like most triumphant organizations are directly
related to their leadership. Their manager Ainsworth
Mohammed is the major driving forces behind Exodus’
achievements. Mr. Mohammed is success-oriented, driven
and self-dependent. As Mr. Mohammad told
- "we ask for nothing". In addition, Mr. Mohammed
has a vision for Exodus and is not satisfied with the status
quo of the current steel orchestra working world models.
Accustomed to success and professionalism in business life
- Mr. Mohammed expects, and receives no less, in his steelband
A sizeable portion of Exodus’ musical
successes is directly attributed to musical stalwart and
accomplished winning arranger Pelham Goddard. Mr.
Goddard is also no stranger to success. He is
connected to some of the most memorable and popular songs in
recent times out of the Caribbean. Pelham has been at
the musical helm of Exodus since 1989 with four titles to
his credit - three of them in the last seven years.
They have made it to the Trinidad and Tobago panorama finals every year
except for that first year. That is a remarkable
streak of eighteen consecutive finalist appearances. Moreover,
they have placed in the top three every year but twice in
the last fifteen years. And of course they have won the
last two World
Steelband Festivals consecutively.
Pelham Goddard, Ainsworth Mohammed and Bertram
at Antigua’s Jolly Beach Resort for Moods of Pan
Their success has
carried over to their youth division known as “Exocubs” who are
schooled in the theory of music and the fundamentals.
The Exocubs are an investment in the Exodus community and
The members of Exodus are aware that they
represent their organization even when they are not on stage and
carry themselves in that manner. Their commitment to
excellence and professionalism is outstanding.