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‘Drums of Africa’

sung by Tony Prescott
composed by Steve “Diamond” Nanton & Alvin Daniell



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Verse 1
I know you take for granted, what the pioneers did
For most times we fail to credit the pain and sweat that these pan men commit
So take the simple drum, and where it did come from
Drums of Africa, our ancestors
For is through the drum, that’s where pan come from
Then tamboo bamboo, the instrument grew
Despite oppression, it keep moving on
Now you can’t deny, pan on a high.

Say thanks to Andrew Beddoe
A master drummer you know
Pan gone where no one has ever gone fuh sure
To sites and to places never seen before

When I hear steel band, I know that they are
Caressing the pan, sounding sweet from afar
I hear the drums, I hear the drums, I hear the drums
Of Africa
I hear the drums, I hear the drums, I hear the drums
Of Africa
So let us say thanks, for that great treasure
The gift of the drums, of Africa.

Verse 2

The new world call it Shango, African Orisha
Known as supreme God of justice, of politics, light-e-ning and thunder
Ogun the small drum, Omelé medium
Large is the Conga, called the talking drum
So the tradition, of drumming began
Communication, which led to a ban
Eighteen eighty-three, but we had a plan
Of innovation, that led to pan.


Verse 3
A percussion instrument, that is what we invent
Bestowed unto Trinbago and I do believe that it was heaven sent
Out of Africa, to this blessed land
Cradle of all man’s, civilisation
Pan is just a drum, tuned to perfection
Could play calypso, or even bongo
Classic overture, reggae pop and more
Still developing, pan is we ting.

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“Drums of Africa”
Tony Prescott

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Alvin C. Daniell

Alvin C. Daniell - Engineer, Cultural Researcher, Television Presenter, Composer and Music Producer comprise the disciplines of this individual.  In the pan world he is best known for his lyrical work with some of the top pan arrangers in Trinidad and Tobago. These include Ray Holman (Pan on the Move, Pan on the Run); Len “Boogsie” Sharpe (Mind Yuh Business, Misbehave); Pelham Goddard (Parade, Play My Music, Good News, A Happy Song); Brian “Bean” Griffith (Trini Know How, Pure Party, How we coming – 2011); Don Clarke (Can’t Get Enough, Momentum – 2011). He has also worked recently with Edwin Pouchet to produce hits such as Thunder Coming, First in de Line and Battle Zone. So far he has written lyrics for over six songs for 2011.

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