Metro Steel Orchestra - “Dingolay” -  Arranger: Clive Bradley - 1992

written by Winston McGarland Bailey, HBM, DLitt (4 October 1941 – 23 October 2018), better known by his stage name “The Mighty Shadow” or “Shadow”

(‘Panyard’ - Audio) - Steelband Music Arranging Masterpieces

Brooklyn, New York, USA -  Shadow's "Dingolay" as arranged by the late, great Clive Bradley, is considered by many to be one of his great masterpieces. The year is 1992, and Metro Steel Orchestra, under the musical guidance of Bradley, has won two consecutive New York Panoramas. And Bradley - now having the winning arrangement three out of the last five years - is laying down the prelude and beginning chapters of the future great Panorama tales. The musical feats that would lead to New York becoming known as "Bradley's Town," were in full effect. 

   ‘Dingolay ’- Metro Steel Orchestra

In 1992 the New York Panorama scene had become a fiercely competitive musical arena - indeed several of the world's greatest steelband music arrangers were now regular participants in the annual affair.  Going now for the hat trick, Bradley would pull out all stops in creating this classic.  "Dingolay" with Metro would garner this arranger his third win in a row (and so making four titles in the last six years).  Ironically, this would be Bradley's last title for a while, as he would leave the New York steelband scene for six years before returning with a vengeance.

This audio track of Dingolay is only a simple two-track recording made with a handheld recorder during a pan yard practice session. While the audio quality is not that great, it does however allow listeners the opportunity to hear Bradley in his New York mode of operation, which was considerably different than his Trinidad approach.

In spite of the inability to discern most of the harmonic content and musical counter play, this arrangement is famous - for it is a good study for 'Bradleyites.'  Elements of the Big Band era, Rhythm and Blues, and Ragtime and Soul - in addition to classical Calypso movements and motifs - are woven seamlessly together to tell a story as only Clive Bradley has ever been able to.




Comment by Emily Lanxner on December 15, 2014 at 9:24pm
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Comment by Pan Times on December 15, 2014 at 12:24am
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@Emily Lanxner - we strongly recommend that you avoid frustration by not listening or by going to another site. In addition, please don't tell your friends about this site. They too would only be frustrated.

Comment by Emily Lanxner on December 14, 2014 at 6:46pm
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I do not understand what could be irrational about posting a piece such as this without a voicetag - if it was a studio recording you were protecting for copyright purposes...maybe (?). Please educate me - what makes posting this as an uninterrupted piece "irrational"? And you do not have hundreds of other versions of Clive Bradley's "Dingolay" available to listen to...I need to hear DINGOLAY!! By the way, I am not particularly interested in listening much to anyone other than Clive Bradley, sorry to say - but that's the damn truth. They're all trying, but lets face it - he's the master.
I do appreciate your insightful background text about the piece. So why add something dumb like voicetags every minute? I would totally share your site with all my friends were it not for this nasty nasty voice tag business we have to suffer through.

Comment by Pan Times on December 14, 2014 at 11:11am
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@panwoman59 - We would prefer to not have the voice tags also, but that would be simply be irrational based on our previous experiences. However, if you see no musical and historical value in the way this piece has been presented we strongly recommend that you not listen to it - instead you can listen to the hundreds of others pieces that we have captured and posted without voice tags.

Comment by panwoman59 on December 14, 2014 at 10:34am
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I agree completely with Emily Lanxner. If you care about the music as much as you say you do, post these great recordings without ruining them every few seconds with the voice tag. Once at the beginning, once at the end ought to be enough - IF you really care about the music. 

Comment by Pan Times on December 14, 2014 at 10:02am
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@Emily Lanxner we found that not everyone has the good intentions you have.

Comment by Emily Lanxner on December 14, 2014 at 9:17am
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I'm very thankful that you posted this on WST - its great to hear occasional uninterrupted stretches of this gorgeous and brilliant arrangement...this after so many years!! you really have to have the obnoxious voice overdub saying "When Steel Talks, Everybody Listens"???!!! That voice serves the purpose of making me really really pissed off! It does NOT make me want to listen!! That is a lie!!

Comment by Alan Field on March 26, 2011 at 2:50pm
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The best , lives on !!
Comment by paddy corea on March 24, 2011 at 6:39pm
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fond memories and great music of working with Clive from the days on Fulton St all the way to Clinton (Despers panyard) Me and my 2 cousins (Pedro & Eugene)were the stock double tenors in the band

Comment by Eileen Paterson on March 23, 2011 at 7:30pm
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Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment in time and keeping pan alive on the web.


Comment by EDWIN J APPLEWHITE on January 16, 2011 at 2:40pm
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Comment by EDWIN J APPLEWHITE on January 16, 2011 at 2:34pm
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Comment by Val Serrant on November 27, 2010 at 8:01am
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Thanks for sharing this.I remember de Brados doin he ting wit Metro...having been in NY with Parry's Pan School in '92....we came up from Tacarigua,T&T and played with UMOJA{Eddie Quarless,Arr}.Did Basement tape the '92 Panorama? It would be nice to hear the other Bands. Keep Up! Ase!
Comment by Carlton E. Munroe on May 25, 2010 at 7:21pm
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I agree that this was one of Bradleys best. Of cause i was one of the players ( Double tenor), We practised on Atlantic & Grand avenue in a run down old building. Big Tony was the skipper. This is when Despers, & Pantonic were all Metro. I also recorded the occasion on a hand held taperecorder, that my friend taped for me while I played. After that Despers split to do there own thing and acouple of years later pantonic split to do there own thing. Metro spawned Desper, Pantonic & N.Y. Nutones. I also played with Despers & Pantonic's. AKA: Curly. AKA: Tahzann.
Comment by ed cee on August 16, 2009 at 10:55pm
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Bradley's music is colossal and stands forever as a memorial to the quintessential musical personality that this great man was. As such, it is living testimony to the fact that the body dies but not the ideas.
Comment by Derek. Hyson on August 2, 2009 at 10:58pm
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Great arrangement from the maestro
Comment by VALENTINE YOUNG on July 31, 2009 at 10:22am
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The only and only. Sir Music Brados has done it again. Time and time and time again. Thanks a whole lot Clive
Comment by Kevin D. Lee on June 12, 2009 at 12:39am
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Joy, more joy, then more joy, EL WOW!!!
Comment by GospelPan on May 16, 2009 at 8:57pm
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thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is one of three Bradley tunes that I remember from way back, when I would sneak into the yard to see the source of that beautiful music and there was Bradley with a piece of scrap paper in his hand standing over a keyboard. It was during one of these practice sessions that Bradley introduced himself to me...I knew the music was mind boggling then and to hear it again after all these years just confirms it. I only hope you have the other two arrangements on tape; that would really make my day.

Thanks again, and I think you should put this on CD...the quality is good enough. If you put it on CD tomorrow, i will order it tomorrow.

Comment by Khuent Rose on May 4, 2009 at 10:01pm
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One of the few intellects that understood how to extract the skeletal remains of Shadow's minimalism into lyrical episodes without being annoying.

Comment by kenneth clarke on April 16, 2009 at 11:25am
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One of the maestros and one of my mentors master pieces. We need to use his music for analizing concepts about this blessed art form.
Comment by Kenneth Guppy on April 3, 2009 at 10:47am
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Another beautiful musical rendition from the late master clive bradley.
Comment by Jojo on March 26, 2009 at 9:00pm
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This never gets old.
Comment by Alan Field on March 25, 2009 at 2:57pm
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Clive Bradley as ever is the master of his music and will be hard tobe overpassed in the future.
Great memories!!
Comment by Dika on March 23, 2009 at 7:34am
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This is beautiful.
Comment by mark on March 22, 2009 at 5:16pm
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you should listen a rendition in french by Ophelia at the Tobago heritage festival july 2008. check youtube and search for ""ophelia Dominica""
Comment by panman4life on March 22, 2009 at 3:41pm
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All i can say is Damn what a tune.
Comment by SugarSheila on March 22, 2009 at 3:24pm
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All I can say is thank you thank you thank you. I havent heard this tune since we played it back in 92. It brought back such fond memories. Practicing behind Roti Shack; Bradley calling out notes to everyone; Colin, Keith, and Lyndon trying to keep us in line. I will never forget the energy of the young tenor line: Me (Sheila), Nicky, Anthony, Jemel, Sean. This tune was fire! If y'all have 90-Tell Me Why and 91-Dis Melody sweet, I'll be eternally grateful.
Comment by Bugs on March 22, 2009 at 11:50am
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The art of the meaningful intro and massive finish have been lost in recent arrangements. Bradley was a master at this. This ending is awesome. Bradley remains true to the theme of the tune throughout the piece.