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Web Posted - Tuesday October 31, 2018
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My Shadowmania
No Stranger, This Calypsoman Shadow

by Dalton Narine
Dr. Winston Bailey aka Mighty Shadow

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - We were writers on the prowl.

It was 1971 when Errol Pilgrim and I walked into Port Services to catch the Mighty Shadow’s first songs at a public venue.

Amid the sparseness, the stage was as dark as the mood.

Then a small crowd started to build, and a figure in drag, so it seemed, walked across the stage as a skeleton.

Shadow had arrived. That’s how we viewed the histrionics.

It was such a rich moment, we embraced the hell out of it.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 31, 2018
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SHADOW: The ‘William Blake’ of Calypso
As delivered at the Celebration of the Life of Winston “Shadow” Bailey on October 30, 2018

by Bukka Rennie
Bukka Rennie

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - William Blake a British philosopher- a poet who lived in the period 1757-1827 wrote the following words in one of his poems: “O see a world in a grain of sand/And heaven in a wild flower/Hold infinity in the palm of your hand/And eternity in an hour..." Listen now to Shadow- Winston Bailey, in his calypso "Evolution": "I am locked in a dungeon/in the middle of evolution/can't find the key/to escape destiny..."

Anyone can trace Shadow's use of these symbolic themes in all his calypsoes and show how he expands the symbols as he goes along to incorporate new imagery and new meaning. In short, Shadow turns all the norms upside down and around.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 30, 2018
When Steel Talks

Post Mortem Pan –
2018 Trinbago Executive Election

by Andre Moses
Andre Moses

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Sunday’s Pan Trinbago Elections presents the steelband movement with an opportunity. Beyond the hype, there were some distinct inputs into the electoral process that could potentially contribute to the building of a stronger steelband organization. I offer four such possibilities as discussion points.

Development is a medium-to-long term phenomenon. The mandate of the new Pan Trinbago Executive is to plan for both the immediate and the longer term. One imperative of such planning is to establish a succession framework for today’s leaders to pass the baton to the leaders of tomorrow.

There must always be a time and place for tradition, but there must also be space for new ideas that bring excitement and energy to the steelband’s public projection. In this regard a disturbing paradox has emerged, namely that while the critical mass of today’s pan players are young people, the age profile of steelband’s audiences is migrating steadily upward... 

It was therefore very gratifying to see so many talented and well qualified young persons offering themselves for executive service and also being represented on the recently elected Central Executive. The hope is that constitutional reform will institutionalize a Pan Trinbago Youth Arm, not as a token adjunct body, but as an integral subset of the Central Executive. For its long-term survival the steelband has to continually make itself relevant to younger audiences and who best to drive that transformation than young people themselves.
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Web Posted - Monday October 30, 2018
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Pan Jumby
Something for the Mighty Shadow

by Hazel John
Orisha John - Bassman

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - I was ah mere child when de PAN JUMBY jumped meh! But now, when ah tink back, wha wud one expect coming out of de Land of Calypso, Steelband and Limbo. Yes, sweet Trinidad & Tobago!

I remember my early childhood years in Trinidad as if it was just yesterday. Mammy, my grandmother, would put us to bed. My sister Pat and I shared a bedroom and in no time Pat would be in dreamland and I, once again, as what seem like ah ritual with me, lay in bed in de darkness tinking, tinking, tinking...tinking ‘bout PAN till I, too, eventually drifted off to sleep.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 30, 2018
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Pan Trinbago 2018 Election Results 
2018 Trinbago Executive Election

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Beverly Ramsey-Moore became the 17th President and the first female to hold this position in Pan Trinbago’s seventy-two year history.

The Black Rock, Tobago-born manager of Katzenjammers Steel Orchestra emerged victorious following the triennial election of officers convened at the Mucurapo East Secondary School, St. James, on Sunday October 28.

Mrs. Ramsey-Moore’s victory set the tone with her slate “Team Rebuild” elected to nine of the ten positions contested.
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Web Posted - Monday October 29, 2018
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Beverley Ramsey-Moore is new Pan Trinbago Prez
 
Historic 2018 election installs first woman president

Beverley Ramsey-Moore, President of Pan TrinbagoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Beverley Ramsey-Moore with 117 votes created history as the first woman to win the presidency of Pan Trinbago in what has to be considered one of the most contentious elections in the history of the embattled organization.

....Applause erupted as Ramsey-Moore’s victory was officially announced, while excited and happy supporters surrounded her at the elections venue of Mucurapo East Secondary School in Port-of-Spain offering congratulations, hugs, and snagging pictures with the incoming executive.

....Ramsey-Moore herself ecstatically pumped her fist in the air, saying “....And today I am so elated! We’ve broken the glass ceiling! Women! We have broken the glass ceiling.”
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Web Posted - Monday October 29, 2018
The New Today Newspaper

CID called in to investigate alleged fraud

Logo for Grenada Steel Band Association (GSBA)Grenada, W.I. -SGreenidge letter Police have been approached to conduct a criminal investigation into alleged fraud by an executive member of the embattled Grenada Steelband Association (GSA).

A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that President of the association, Jason Skeete and two other executive members visited the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) last Thursday to lodge the formal complaint.

He said that the complaint made is that another executive member, Stephen Greenidge had created a different letterhead and logo and was using it to conduct business on behalf of the steelband association.

A letter on the new letterhead was sent to Skeete demanding that he handed over all GSA documents in his possession as he was no longer the President of the body.
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Web Posted - Saturday October 27, 2018
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Pan In Real Danger
Election Charade, Panorama Bankrupt

by Sharmain Baboolal
Author Sharmain Baboolal

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Keith Diaz, having busted through almost every loophole in the Pan Trinbago constitution as he powered his way like a raging bull, is now the biggest shadow over the hastily-convened 2018 elections for a new executive of the “world governing steel pan body”.

Under the glare of the spotlight of the international steel pan diaspora, the incumbents and the aspirants have represented themselves as nothing short of an embarrassment.

....Every candidate is a delegate and every delegate is a voter.

Of the 190 bands on the final list there are twelve large bands who, by failing to come together as the group with the largest stake in the steel band movement, have given up their rights to an overgrown cadre of small and single pan bands that everyone knows were created to ensure Keith Diaz remained in office.

The Single Pan registration almost rivals the combined Conventional categories.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 24, 2018
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Boogsie, Two-Left, Andy & My Dad
Let’s get with the Programme, Pan Jazz abounds in the Caribbean
by Dalton Narine

Len “Boogsie” SharpeFlorida, U.S.A. - Hear the Phase ….

I thought my only complaint with the recent live recording of Boogsie Sharpe’s “Only You” session at the Phase II panyard a week or so ago was the sound of the four double guitar pans, as if the riffs were stuck on a cooking oil drum, which, of course, was an originator of the ensemble of drums we have today.

How wrong I was. It didn’t happen. Boogsie acknowledged adding a bass player and two cowbells.

Boogsie utilized the hand percussion instrument used in various styles of music including Pan and Salsa — and infrequently in popular music.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 24, 2018
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WST Tech Notes & Tips: Dante - Pan and Emerging Technologies
Dante Spoken Here - Why is Dante important to you?

New York, U.S.A. - Everywhere you turned at the 145th AES Convention in New York there seemed to be something related to “Dante” going on. It was unavoidable and simply inescapable. It is the latest buzz in audio engineering. “Dante Spoken Here” is not a joke or a passing fad. The audio industry and manufactures have embraced Dante.

But what is Dante? And why is it important to you? Simply put Dante, and to a greater extent AES67 (more on that later) - is a game-changer. By way of permanently impacting the way we think, see and do things in audio engineering, broadcasting, recording - Dante has landed with a large “bang” as it allows professional media over IP networks. Furthermore it will change your thought process on what is capable, cost compatibility between equipment and systems, and their relevancy going forward.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 23, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Taking Pan Trinbago forward
Candidates reveal plans
Candidates in Sunday’s election to select the leadership of Pan Trinbago are Darren Sheppard, left, Vernon Morancie, Keith Byer, Robert Amar, Lawford Dupres and Keron Valentine

Trinidad & Tobago. W.I. - October 14 was a historic day in TT and a watershed day for the world governing body for pan –Pan Trinbago.

It was the first time in the history of the organisation’s elections that opposing candidates came together in one forum. The management of Shell Invaders Steel Orchestra was able to accomplish something that nobody before them ever did.

Invaders’ Meet the President forum held at the President’s Box at the Queen’s Park Oval, Tragarete Road, Woodbrook, got all candidates vying for president of Pan Trinbago in Sunday’s elections to come together to face the public in a Q&A session.

The six candidates (all male) greeted each other with smiles. Missing were the two female candidates, Beverley Ramsey Moore and Theclia Forde-Rodriguez.
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Web Posted - Saturday October 20, 2018
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WST Tech Notes & Tips: Roswell Microphones - AES New York 2018 Convention
In search of ideal microphones for recording and capturing the steelpan
Matthew McGlynn of Roswell Pro Audio speaks to WST at the 145th AES convention in New York York York

New York, U.S.A. - Once again, as part of Basement Recordings/WST’s ongoing quest to continuously identify ideal microphones for capturing the steelpan instruments in an orchestra setting - WST spoke to Matthew McGlynn of Roswell Pro Audio at the 145th AES convention in New York. He is both the company founder, and innovator behind the designs of Rowell microphone products.

As chance would have it - (chance probably had nothing to do with it when the Pan Gods are active) Matthew is a lover of steelpans and fell in love with the sound of them a long time ago. In this WST tech notes and tips, Matthew gives a brief talk on the benefits of, and why a Roswell microphone, is ideally suited for that daunting task of accurately capturing the rich tonal qualities of the steelpan instruments.
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Web Posted - Sunday October 21, 2018
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Song for Panorama 2019
‘Get Pay’
sung by “Crazy”

Global - Edwin Ayoung aka “Crazy” is as popular as ever, and on track for 2019 with music penned specifically with the steelband fraternity in mind.

‘Get Pay’ is a collaboration between Ayoung, and the Mighty Jamma out of the U.K. It is the second track to be sent in for the well-known annual WST Enclave of music choices, which is usually consulted by bands and arrangers worldwide for upcoming steelband Panorama competitions.

If “Crazy” runs true to form, expect to hear more releases from him in the coming weeks for the 2019 season.
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Web Posted - Friday October 19, 2018
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Pan Trinbago staves off debt collectors
Keith Diaz

Trinidad & Tobago. W.I. - Bailiffs moved into Pan Trinbago headquarters in Port-of-Spain on Thursday to levy against the steelband organisation for a growing $200,000 debt owed to a private company.

Confirmation came from outgoing Pan
Trinbago treasurer Andrew Salvador.

Sal­vador said the organisation owed a $200,000 debt to a company, which he refused to name, that resulted in a court action.

“The court action was approved. What happened they came yesterday (Thursday) and the matter was ironed out.”

Salvador said Pan Trinbago eventually settled the payment.

He admitted that Pan Trinbago owes several companies “millions of dollars,” while six organisations owed them $3 million.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 18, 2018
Gulf Coast News Today

FHS Steel Band to compete at State Convention
Foley Steel Band

Alabama, USA - The Foley High School Steel Band was one of six finalists in the Alabama Association of School Bands Entertainment Contest. After statewide voting was completed, the FHS Steel Band received the most votes and will now play at the School Superintendents Convention for the State of Alabama in December.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 16, 2018
TTT Live

NGC Helps To Preserve Pan
NGC (National Gas Company) Helps To Preserve Pan

Trinidad & Tobago. W.I. - For too long Trinidad and Tobago has not been capitalising on the national instrument.

The MIC and NGC have embarked on a programme which will change that.

It was launched on Monday in Macoya, and Marie-Therese Bernard reports.

And Mark Loquan provides more details: “NGC, together with MIC Institute of Technology, launched the training of 15 panists from NGC Couva Joylanders, NGC La Brea Nightingales, NGC Steel Explosion (Tobago), Gonzales Sheikers. Course involves three six-month cycles (900 hours) over 3 years in:
 - Steelpan construction and tuning
 - Science of sound and history of pan
 - Introduction to sound engineering
 - Music technology & Machine shop (intro)
 - Welding & fabrication (intro)
 - Related Mathematics & science
 - Computer applications.

A step towards self sustainability for bands and continued innovation.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 11, 2018
When Steel Talks

New York Pan Pays Homage to Ken “Professor” Philmore
Ken "Professor" Philmore

New York, U.S.A. - Only “Pro” could have accomplished this with nothing but “love” in the house.

It was supposed to be and was, a celebration of the life of one of the biggest names in pan - Ken “Professor” Philmore. But in reality it was simply a reflection on how “Pro” lived his life and his impact on the living. And so on this early Fall evening, the Tropical Paradise Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York was packed with over six decades of New York Pan associates, band leaders, veteran panists and supporters. All there to show their love, respect for and in honor of - the late, both humble and great, Ken “Professor” Philmore. Lots of warmth and friendship.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 11, 2018
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Terry Brathwaite Pays Tribute to cousin - Ken “Professor” Philmore

Ken "Professor" Philmore

England, U.K. - ....Ken was nothing less than a singular talent, a true scientist of sound - self-taught and stellar with a contagious smile!

....Ken’s excellent musical wizardry which he contributed to the pieces he played on, were simply heart-palpitating!....he knew his instrument like any Professor knew his/her subject.

....He and Lord Kitchener were literally a match made in heaven. Now they are together again. So get ready for Lord Kitchener’s “PAN IN ‘A’ MINOR II” featuring the “Professor” as he Rises In Peace.
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Web Posted - Saturday October 6, 2018
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The Magic Of Ghosts - “Professor” Ken Philmore
by Dalton Narine

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreFlorida, U.S.A. - In the flash of an eye and the within hearing aid of a zeppo, who would have thought that we’ve recently reentered the ancient world, perhaps to be reacquainted in our new world of Pan where, in a sense, magic still abounds.

I do.

I recall, many years ago, Ken “Professor” Philmore on the other end of the phone dragging me out of my house and pulling me into a party that celebrated his birthday.
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Web Posted - Saturday October 6, 2018
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I remember asking Ken “Professor” Philmore to play his rendition of Stardust - Brian Copeland Tribute

Ken "Professor" Philmore

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....I first met “Pro” while reading for my PhD in Los Angeles, California. Those were brief encounters at two gigs in which he starred. I remember asking him to play his rendition of Stardust, my personal top 10 favorite at the time, which he recorded with Godwin Bowen, Junior Wharwood, Albert Bushe, Jr. and Pedro Lezama.

Later on, some 15 years later, I was proud to have him collaborate with us at the Steelpan Laboratory at UWI (University of the West Indies) in the early days of the development of the Percussive Harmonic Instrument (PHI).
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Web Posted - Saturday October 6, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Sister: Hit-and-run accident claimed Philmore’s life

Pan Royalty: Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore died at the San Fernando General Hospital yesterday, six days after he was in a horrible accident on the Solomon Hochoy Highway.Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A hit-and-run accident is what claimed the life of Ken “Professor” Philmore contrary to earlier reports. In eulogising her brother, yesterday, Antoinette Philmore said he did not run off the road as first reported.

“He was struck from behind. He told us this with his own mouth,” Antoinette told the Newsday after the funeral held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, San Fernando. She said she did not know if police were pursuing the case from this angle, but he was able to give the statement to the cops before he passed.

“He never lost consciousness after the accident and was able to give a statement to the police and to the doctors and tell them that he was hit from behind,” she said as she thanked the police for their prompt response after the accident and taking him to the hospital.
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Web Posted - Saturday October 6, 2018
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Mark Loquan’s Speech at Ken Philmore’s Funeral, SAPA, Trinidad, October 5, 2018

Ken "Professor" Philmore

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Condolences to Sophie, the Philmore family, the extended family which includes the global pan community for the loss of one of the most down to earth human beings one could ever meet.

Words cannot express the loss I feel after being an integral part of Ken’s musical energy, spirit and love creating music together for 11 songs for Panorama, since 2008 from Hooked to Calling Meh to Vibes to Sweet 50. Before meeting him I would always hear of this legend called the “Professor”, who was bigger than life in my mind after hearing Pan by Storm so many times, until we met at a family event on Boxing Day 2005....this bigger than life character in my mind, who turned out to be so simple, regular, and humble.
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Web Posted - Friday October 5, 2018
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The Spirit of Joy - Rubadiri Victor’s Tribute to Ken “Professor” Philmore

Ken "Professor" Philmore

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Gone too soon... That joyful, spritely whisp of energy- full of love and craft- now no more. The passing of Ken “Professor” Philmore is a tragedy in so many ways. Not just because any death by accident and of someone adjudged to be young feels like a breach - but because he was a Genius that never got his due. As arranger. As player… As pioneer. And although Trinidad’s real talent seems to be its genius in disrespecting Heroes- something about Philmore’s passing at this time in our history seems to loom larger as metaphor and indictment. In him I feel we see visible a Genius Soul who had a capacity to command the world- but was restrained and confined by our pettiness and capacity to sabotage our Gifted and our Gifts...
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Web Posted - Friday October 5, 2018
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The Saga of Ellie Man
by Dalton Narine

Ellie Mannette

Global - I surmise that in the age of early Pan on the Road, whenever Ellie Mannette awoke at his home in Trinidad, his morning prayer would be answered right on time.

That behind the distant hills of Laventille comes the promise of the sun.

No doubt, Ellie, a hallmark of power and leadership during Invaders’ glory years in the 1950s and 1960s, found out what he needed for happiness — the magic of thinking big and believing in himself.

As a self-promoter, it must have been quite a chore, choosing to be a special type of person. A genius who put the needs of others behind his.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 4, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Rowley regrets inability to play pan

Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley speaking at the project launch of the Alutech Project, Tamana InTeck Park.Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -The Prime Minister says his inability to play pan remains one of his lasting regrets.

Dr Rowley made the statement Wednesday at the launch of the Alutech Research and Development Facility at the Tamana InTech Park, Wallerfield.

He was responding to a musical interlude in which three schoolgirls from a Seventh-Day Adventist School in Sangre Grande played one of the country’s national songs on pan.

“When I was their age, I went to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church as a boy and I was banned from those things,” he told the gathering.

“I could not go into the panyard and I could not be known to even aspire to be a panman, because those adults of the time, who were raising me, they knew all that had to be known, and they knew that I had to be kept away from that, because that was the Devil’s work.”

He added: “And today one of my lasting regrets is that I can’t play a note to save my life. And in this country of the steelband, I must be one of the few people who owned a pan and can’t play it.”
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Web Posted - Thursday October 4, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Celebrating the life of ‘Professor’

Mavis John signs Ken “Professor” Philmore’s pictureTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The display of love and respect shown for late pan arranger and performer Ken “Professor” Philmore on Monday evening, at Newtown Playboys Steel Orchestra panyard on Tragarete Road, was incomparable.

Hundreds of “mourners” turned up at the panyard and traffic on Tragarete Road came to crawl as the crowd spilled onto the pavement and into the road.

Anybody and everybody in the pan world were present, they came from south, as far east as Sangre Grande, from the west, north and even Tobago.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 4, 2018
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Mack Scott Pays Tribute to Sonatas’ Champion Arranger Ken “Professor” Philmore
We had a gem, a star in the making, such love and passion for the pan

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreNew York, U.S.A. - “Myself and a couple of friends were in Trinidad for Carnival in 1982 and we were told of this young man who played with Fonclaire and was very good, but they won’t give him a chance to arrange. At that time we were looking for someone to arrange for Sonatas, because we had won [New York] Panorama in ‘81 but had to get rid of that arranger because he got too greedy.

....“We met this young guy Ken Philmore, and he told us we have to come to his home and ask his parents which we did. I had to promise them that we would take good care of him; I told them not to worry he would be taken care of.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Leon “Foster” Thomas Pays Homage to Ken “Professor” Philmore
In the Year For Love, the man of love said “Goodbye”

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreFlorida, U.S.A. - “In less than a year, I have lost two of my musical idols: Melton Mustafa and now Ken “Professor” Philmore, both of whom I loved and adored dearly, who took time to school me about not only music, but also about life. However, with the loss of Ken, I find it very difficult to know what my Pan sounds like right now. It is because of Ken that I am where I am today.

Growing up in Pleasantville, San Fernando, Ken “Professor” Philmore was our superstar.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Len “Boogsie” Sharpe Remembers Ken “Professor” Philmore
He’s an icon, he’s an icon

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “All I can tell you is that, “Professor” is my brethren, he will be very missed. A good player – a great player, a great friend – a personal friend of mine. To ‘loss’ a man, who so represent this country a lot, all over the world, you know?

.... I love “Professor”…as a brother. He’s well loved by all the people in the world who playing pan. They know of him, he’s an icon, he’s an icon.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Mike Portnoy To Play On ‘Pan Rocks’ RUSH Tribute Project

Mike PortnoyCalifornia, USA - Steel drum orchestra Pan Rocks will enter the studio this fall to record its tribute to RUSH. Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER) will handle drumming duties. The bassist and guitarist will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I am excited to take part in this unique musical experience, which is unlike anything I have done yet in my career,” says Mike Portnoy. “And it is always an honor to pay tribute to one of my biggest inspirations, my hero and friend, Mr. Neil Peart.”

Pan Rocks is a 50-to-100-plus-piece steel drum orchestra founded by rock steelpanist Tracy Thornton. The RUSH recording is a follow up to the 2017 Pan Rocks “Project LA”, which featured the music of LED ZEPPELIN, KISS and JANE’S ADDICTION, all performed by the steel drum orchestra and a band consisting of Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, SONS OF APOLLO), Stephen Perkins (JANE’S ADDICTION, PORNO FOR PYROS), Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS), and Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD).

Thornton has once again called on Matt Starr (MR. BIG, ACE FREHLEY) to produce the new project. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help Tracy realize his vision for this amazing project,” says Starr. “Hearing 50 steel pan drummers play RUSH is just mind-blowing. I can’t wait for everyone else experience it.”

The Pan Rocks orchestra is made up of steel panists from around the world.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Duvone Stewart Remembers Ken “Professor” Philmore
I recall seeing this small yet larger-than-life character on stage

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - I vividly remember as a young boy coming to Trinidad from Tobago in 1985 to attend the National School Steelband Music Festival at the Jean Pierre Complex with the Trintoc Tobago Youth Steelband. I recall seeing this small yet larger-than-life character on stage with the Pleasantville Senior Comprehensive School performing Crazy’s ‘Suck Meh Soucouyant.’ His personality was so magnetic and infectious, that I was captivated from start to end. Not to mention, he had immense flair and was some sort of style extraordinaire as I recall witnessing three costume changes that day.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Arranger Ken “Professor” Philmore Remembered

Ken "Professor" Philmore

Global - Ray Holman, Pelham Goddard, Michelle Huggins-Watts, Dr. Dawn Batson and Liam Teague among others - join members of the global steelband music community in sharing their thoughts and memories on the late iconic musician Ken “Professor” Philmore.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 2, 2018
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Von Martin Remembers Ken “Professor” Philmore
Ken ‘Professor’ was truly a unique kind, he lived for pan

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreWashington, D.C., USA -Within a little more than a month the global Pan fraternity has lost another icon of the movement. First Ellie Mannette, then now Ken “Professor” Philmore. We are still in shock, a young man, in his prime and moving towards his zenith. I first met Ken, “Professor” about 30 years ago as he visited Washington DC to perform and he jokingly told me as I prepared to interview him, he was teaching his friend and relative Arthur Griffith the business about managing an artist.

....Ken was one of a kind. I don’t think there will be another like him. The love he showered on this instrument was unique. I used to say he played his instrument with passion....He knew what he was doing and displayed joy in doing it.
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Web Posted - Monday October 1, 2018
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Philmore dies from cardiac arrest

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....Ken “Professor” Philmore, who had been sedated following major surgery on Wednesday, was put on life support at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Sunday morning because he could no longer breathe on his own. He went into cardiac arrest yesterday morning and despite attempts by doctors to resuscitate him, was pronounced dead at 9.05 a.m. His wife Sophia was standing in the lobby at the time of his death.

South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) Medical Director of Health Dr Albert Persaud said medical staff did everything they could to save Philmore, but his injuries were severe. Persaud said Philmore had been in critical condition since the accident on Republic Day with injuries to his ribs and lungs.

“We did everything possible and he got the best treatment that Trinidad and Tobago could have afforded him, which was as good as anywhere else in the world. Sometimes people sustain injuries that put them on a very critical list. We, of course, are taken aback by his passing, but he was badly injured,” Persaud said.
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Early Trinidad and Tobago Steelbands Names Associated with Hollywood Movies
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Global - Within the historical context, a look at the impact of American movies on the naming of early steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago.
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