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Launch of Pan On Fire - Alvin Daniell's CD compilation for Carnival  2008

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    Trinidad - MUSIC publisher Alvin Daniell gave steelbands the gift of music on September 28, with the launch of his CD compilation for Panorama 2008.

    Alvin Daniell, left and pannist/composer Noel La Pierre

    “Pan On Fire,” is the title of the album that was presented to members of the pan fraternity at the Newtown, Port-of-Spain, panyard of Excellent Stores Silver Stars Steel Orchestra.

    Scores of music lovers turned out for the occasion and signalled their satisfaction with the quality material, which does not qualify for the Panorama stage alone, but for all round entertainment.

    Songbird Nicole De Coteau sizzled with her performance of Elvis Chairman’s Pan In the Park, in tribute to the staging of the Panorama 2007 at Skinner Park, San Fernando, while Eunice Peters’ rendition of South Pan Champs told the story of another orchestra from the district capturing the coveted large band title again, someday.

    De Fosto (Winston Scarborough) performs “Puncernelly”

    Time to Breakaway,” vocalised by Kerwyn Trotman was the name of the song penned by Mark Loquan who celebrates ten years of writing for the pan.  

    Loquan and Silver Stars arranger Edwin Pouchet joined forces to produce Celebration Time sung by Steve Sealey. Thunder Coming, is another Pouchet original. It was performed by Chucky.

    Kurt Edwards, a principal pannist attached to Sagicor Exodus has joined the list of musicians offering music dedicated to the pan.

    His selection is titled Pan Energy sung by Kenny J (Kenneth Joseph).

    In addition to the hearty lyrical material, Silver Stars Steel Orchestra and St. James Tripolians put patrons in dance mode with their instrumental sounds.

    Daniell, who packaged the collection of songs under his record label Major and Minor Production, said the CD was launched earlier than usual citing the timing of Carnival 2008.

    “Steelband leaders and arrangers would know what’s out there and consider these songs for Panorama. This album will therefore be of special significance to the big bands, since I know it has the ingredients they want to win.”

    Former Pan Kaiso Monarch De Fosto (Winston Scarborough) who is not on the compilation delivered Puncernelly. That’s the musical item he hopes conventional (large) steel orchestra and reigning National Panorama champion Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars will take the song as its Panorama tune-of-choice.


    From the news desk of Sean Nero
    Photos by Sean Nero

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