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Harry Best
Harry Best

California, USA - ‘Pan is the Ting’ is Harry Best’s first attempt at writing a complete tune for Panorama. Two years ago he collaborated with calypsonian Crazy and producer Phil Hawkins on the Panorama tune Pan Wisdom.’  Harry was the lyricist.

Harry is no stranger to pan. A native of St. Lucia in the Caribbean, Harry has been one of the top providers of pan music to patrons all over northern California for three decades. He has founded steelbands, conducted steel drum classes and promoted steel drum events.  

Harry is the principal owner of Kakesa.com, the chief supplier of steelpans and accessories to schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  He is the author of four books and a recording and performing panist with four albums to his credit.

Harry started his pan career with Patrick Arnold, former President of Pan Trinbago, when the latter resided in the California in the 1970s and 80s. He was instrumental in bringing the Our Boys Steel Orchestra to California where they worked with the likes of Andy and Jeff Narell as well as Tom Miller to set the standard for steelbands in the area.

Harry’s prolific songwriting career started in the early 90s when he wrote hits like ‘Lolay Lolai’ and ‘Come Girl’ for the late calypsonian Arrow. He has also collaborated and consulted with calypsonians and musicians in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia and Montserrat.

In 1997, Harry formed his current group Shabang, with which he has recorded two CDs, and is in the process of recording a third. The group appears regularly at clubs and events throughout northern California.

Pan is the Ting is a cut on an upcoming album that features the collaborated efforts of Harry and producer/panist Phil Hawkins. The album is expected to be released in the spring of 2011.

Contact Harry Best: 1 (510) 222-1123;  harrybest@shabang.us


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