Khan Cordice in an
exclusive interview with When Steel Talks
St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda
Khan Cordice, the eighteen year-old youthful
arranger for the National Youth Pan Orchestra of Antigua
& Barbuda. As fate would have it, WST conducted an
interview one day before Cordice would make history by
winning the 25-A-Side competition at the Moods of Pan
Festival 2008, beating out other seasoned and previous winning
arrangers to do so.
talented as his presence is unassuming. Khan Cordice
is a young man that the steelpan, and wider music world
will be hearing from for years to come. As arranger
for the Antigua & Barbuda National Youth Pan Orchestra,
he led the gifted ensemble to a significant victory against
seasoned competition in the 25-A-Side competition with his
arrangement and the orchestra’s rendition of Stevie Wonder’s
indeed does have - as he is quick to tell you - a passion
for the steelpan instrument. The extremely earnest
musician, who practices as many as eight to ten hours a
day on the pan, is looking forward to having a career in
music involving the steelpan instrument. He credits
not only noted Antiguan arrangers Veron Henry and Aubrey
“Lacu” Samuel as providing guidance and inspiration in his
rapid development on the steelpan instrument, but also former
National Youth Pan Orchestra band captain Gavin Francis,
now away studying.
himself has been involved in the steelband arranging aspect
for mere months, when it was a necessary component within
the CXC (Caribbean Examination Council) examination.
But as a result he was smitten with that facet of steelpan
music, which overall has been part of his musical landscape
since 2002. In 2006, Gavin Francis invited Cordice
to become part of “Just Six,” a band of six steelpan musicians.
Cordice's intrigue with the innards of the steelpan instrument
grew, and Francis was only too gracious, willing and patient
to share his knowledge with the young pan acolyte.
With a love for singing and versatile on the saxophone,
Khan also mastered the recorder while at school; but it
is the pan which has superseded all other instruments to
develop into his primary passion.
calls himself a “double seconds” fanatic. He loves
to see double seconds specialists Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and
Robert Greenidge at ‘play’ and at work. Even though
he has been arranging for less than a year, but his rapid
rise is consistent with the talented youth movement sweeping
through the steelpan music fraternity globally.