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‘Pan Badjohn’

sung by Kurt Allen
music by Earl Brooks, Sr.
lyrics by Alvin Daniell


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Verse 1
See them dressed in dey gunmouth pants
Two-tone shoes as if in a dance
White kerchief in deh back pocket
Round dey neck is a gold locket
Bet yuh life a white handle sharp razor
Tucked away to apply later
That was de, pan badjohn, of the early roots of pan
Instilling a fear in the land.

Talking bout men like Zigilee, and Gold Teeth
See men moving gigeeree, sweating with dey cold feet
Was Lil Axe and Scorpion
And men like Lick Foot Raymond
Was “Teddy” Clarke from the South
Bad men they used to talk ’bout
From dust until early morn
Bad men that stalked the land time gone
That was the Steel Pan Badjohn.

Verse 2
When I read the news long ago
I never see violence so
Three men shoot up down in John John
Man get slash in police station
Sailor head buss with a hard baseball bat
So judge order strokes with de Cat
Man from East, cyar go West, going up to Laventille
You travel at yuh own peril.


Verse 3
Panmen of today are bad too
But differ in the things they do
They does put down bad arrangement
Performed with a wicked intent
For them to cut up the opposition
Steel band musical destruction
This is the, pan badjohn, you will encounter today
In the way they come out to play.


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“Pan Badjohn”
Kurt Allen

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Vocalist Kurt Allen began his Calypso career in 1983 when he sang The Budget in the Junior Monarch Competition in Trinidad. In 1990 he was the first runner up in the “Stars of Tomorrow” competition which he subsequently won in 1992.  The following year he was crowned “Young King,” a prestigious title.

In 1999 Allen made a significant switch to hardcore Soca and copped the Soca Monarch title with the uptempo Dus’ Dem. This opened the door for him to become one of the front line singers for top Soca band Roy Cape All Stars.

Allen achieved one of the highest points of his career by becoming the 2010 Calypso Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago with his political masterpiece, Too Bright. Also for 2010 he performed the Earl Brooks/Alvin Daniell composition Doh Meddle with Me which was played in Trinidad & Tobago’s annual Panorama competition by south band Hatters Steel Orchestra.  For 2011 he has vocalized Pan Badjohn for the same composers - which will also be played by Hatters.

Alvin C. DaniellAlvin 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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