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Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
Phase II Pan Groove
2005 T&T Panorama Season


Date: 1.12.05

Veteran champion Panorama arranger Len "Boogsie" Sharpe of Phase II Pan Groove,  sees the 2005  Pan season as one with a lot of challenges for him and his steel orchestra.  He says it has been rough.  One of his concerns is that Phase II's tune of choice - an original composition penned by Boogsie himself and sung by Colin (Dollar Wine) Lucas - is not receiving airplay on the radio waves of Trinidad.   So much so in fact that he says he has had to hire a DJ to play the song "Trini Gone Wild" in the pan yard for the players to become familiar with the tune.

In tandem with that matter, the arranger takes issue with the new rule which went into effect for Trinidad and Tobago's 2005 panorama season.  It allows bands to play music from previous years, once the band itself has not performed it at a Panorama.  Sharpe also found contentious, a statement he says Patrick Arnold, president of Pan Trinbago made publicly about composers who are writing music for pan.  It was during a television appearance that Arnold allegedly said "the [music] composed  was "not good enough."

Additionally he had concerns that if a band were to win Panorama 2005 with an "ole time tune," that the orchestras would all rush to play that type of music.  He made mention of composer Alvin Daniel who had released two CDs with pan songs containing what Boogsie considered, "very beautiful melodies with nice chord changes."  Urging pan lovers around the world to write in to the [Trinidad and Tobago] press and voice concerns about the matter, Boogsie believes that this would help.

Like Pelham Goddard in an interview a couple of days before him, Boogsie noted another similarity between the configuration of Panorama and Pan Fiesta.  He indicated that there was now little difference between the two events with both now allowing "back in time" selections.  The other identical point was that since 2004, Panorama, like Pan Fiesta, now had a playing time of eight minutes.  Before 2004, Panorama arrangements were traditionally ten minutes in duration.

Known for his straight talking, Boogsie is blunt and pulls no punches as he discusses what he sees as problems within the world of Pan in Trinidad and Tobago.  But as always, he took time out to thank the many supporters of the Steelpan art form.  Catch the full interview with Len "Boogsie" Sharpe online courtesy When Steel Talks .   

 Preliminary judging begins in pan yards on January 13.

C. Phillips, Basement Press Corp.
2005 When Steel Talks - All Rights Reserved

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