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‘400 Metres’

sung by Burgess “Quako” McPhie
composed by Robert K. Cadet, Sr. & Burgess McPhie



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Intro 1

No drugs ingested, only fish digested!  Kirani!

Verse 1

A champion performance,
Yes a dream come true
For Kirani family and country too,
A passion for running, so humble in winning,
Lightning records making and breaking,
Respect to the champion
Smile for everyone to see,
Really true Gouyavearian
Loved by his nation
Blessed with God-given talent
With style and class he represent we
Kirani sprinting to victory.


400 metres, 400 metres, 400 metres, 400
He running fast, lighting fast,
Yes he running fast 400 dash
He running fast,
He running fast, running fast.
400 metres, 400 metres, 400 metres, 400
He’s the best in the world
He is out of control,
Discipline and working - only gold he winning

Intro 2

Fly Kirani, fly Kirani, fly, fly, fly, fly, fly

Verse 2

Dominating de tracks, all de way to de top
With strength and heart,
Put Grenada on de map
Spectators observing,
Applauding and screaming,
Some say he’s faster than the sound of wind
He’s the fastest human,
Born on The Lance, St. John
A man on a mission,
Proud of where he come from,
There is no question
He is the champion of champions
Kirani, yes he is de number one.


Verse 3

First time he shock the world,
Then was only gold
He’s a winner - the great jaguar,
He win gold in Daegu, he win gold in England
Even Boston, Germany and Poland
Ah pleasure to watch him
As he cross de finish line
So conscious and focused,
Winning on his mind
So much joy and happiness
Our nation is so greatly blessed,
Kirani, touch by de Almighty.



Kirani, Kirani, Kirani

Congratulations on your Olympic Gold, Kirani!!

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“400 Metres”
Burgess “Quako” McPhie

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Robert K. Cadet, Sr. - Grenada
Robert K. Cadet

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Drummer, steelband musician, arranger and composer Robert K. Cadet, Sr. was born in Grenada, W.I. and lived in St. Paul’s parish. Playing for the local village band Commancheros Steel Orchestra, Cadet developed a love for Pan where he played bass pan, and was also the drummer. He was given the name “Toes” from playing the drums on the tip of his toes. Not too long after, while accompanying Commancheros on tours, Cadet started arranging music for the band. He was subsequently recruited as arranger for a new band in 1975, which would eventually go on to be called Toyota All Stars. Across the ocean in New York that same year, Cadet’s skill set as a drummer once again came into play for the legendary Brooklynaires Steel Orchestra as their Panorama drummer, when the band won the New York Panorama championship – all this at age seventeen. A mere two years later, then-nineteen year-old Cadet would cop his first and only Panorama title, this with Toyota All Stars, back in Grenada. The illustrious musician was also a one-time member of then-Amoco Renegades in Trinidad for two years, where he played double second and also doubled as the stage side drummer for the band. He eventually settled in New York, playing for local brass bands of the day and also spent 20-plus years in the USMC (United States Marine Corps).

Cadet, Sr. then returned to Grenada, taking his son, Robert Cadet, Jr. home to play with the band he grew up with, Commancheros. The elder Cadet was hired upon his return to arrange for a band called Florida All Stars. In 2009 when that stint was up, along with his son and a friend, they decided to form their own band. A non-sponsored steel orchestra, they purchased all the instruments out their own pocket from Gill’s Pan shop in Trinidad. After a year of buying Pans and racks, the band entered the Grenada National Panorama competition for the first time where the band placed second. Cadet composes all of his own music, co-writing the lyrics with one of Pan Ossia’s owners, Burgess “Quako” McPhie.

Bio by C. Phillips

For Grenada’s 2012 Panorama season, Robert K. Cadet, Sr. & Burgess McPhie have penned the track featured here, 400 Metres, sung by McPhie.   Co-composer Cadet is also the arranger for Grenada’s Pan Ossia Steel Orchestra, the band performing 400 Metres in the national Panorama competition.  Pan Ossia placed second in last year’s event.

2012 Panorama Selection for Grenada’s Pan Ossia Steel Orchestra - Grenada National Panorama

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