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My First Pilgrimage to the Mecca of Pan - Entry 7

Posted by Eric Mannweiler on January 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

Trinidad & Tobago - Hey everyone, Panorama 2011

Thursday night I had doubles and  my first taste of Pholouri (and mango chutney sauce), with some fresh made juice, followed by visits to the panyards of Invaders, Silver Stars and Phase II. It was a great night, everyone. Friday night there was no rehearsal at the panyard, but I went to Woodbrook Playboyz yard for a lime. WOW that's an incredible band, and I have to say it again, single pan has an incredible feel and energy to it. (Their engine room is also SLAMMINí). Then a sound truck came up front with a DJ and a calypsonian (whose name I can't recall). For those who have never experienced a sound truck, please allow me to paint a picture of how loud it is: I think the vibrations in the bass were helping the digestion of my dinner that night... Anyone coming to experience Carnival for the first time, be prepared for these sound trucks.

Invaders Pan Yard 2011


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Yesterday started off with a fund-raising brunch at Renegades' panyard. Bake and saltfish were had by all, which was great, but the people I limed with was better. I have to admit I've found the first Trini taste that I don't care for: Mauby. Mauby is a fruit, the juice of which has a peculiar taste which to me got more and more bitter. If you've never had it, it's worth a try though (as is every Trini food). After that I went to practice in the panyard, and heard Starlift's junior band for the first time. I can't help but wish there was something like that available to me when I was a kid... After that, I was invited to come try my hand at the Woodbrook Playboyz Panorama piece. I'm torn with the prospect of playing for other bands because I don't want to have too much to do and not be able to see things and enjoy experiencing as much as I can. (Getting to play and experience Panorama in multiple categories would be nice though...) I finished off the day with a really nice lime with some Starlift folks. (I ended up having a second dinner, when the oildown that I had this week was challenged...)

Eric Anyway, my Maracas plans were foiled by the rain, but I have hope that this week will bring me some Bake and Shark. Also, Tobago seems to be in the works. I will keep everyone posted, and as always let me know if there is something you would like me to address.

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