Steelband Panorama 2012

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sung by Miguel Reyes
composed by Miguel Reyes



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Verse 1

Man ah hear ah rumble up in de air
And ah don’t know, but it give me ah scare
I don’t know ’bout where it coming from
All I know it shaking up de ground
Have people just nervous all up in town
I thought it was rain coming
No thunder or lighting flashing
But all of a sudden it started shaking.


Dey bawling out “Earthquake!”
Run, people, just run for cover -
Earthquake -
Look de Pan and dem falling over
Ah whole set ah rumbling in de town
De Pan and dem falling on de ground
And when it all happen dey make ah sound
It sounding like:
“hum mama hum mama hum”
It sounding like:
“hum mama hum mama hum”
Tenors falling, seconds falling
Guitars falling, bass tumbling
Earthquake have them all shaking.
Dey bawling out “ma ma ma ma ma ma huuummm !”

Verse 2

Man ah burst of music all in your ear
From de bass Pan rumbling in de square
Dey tell meh de crowd dey gathering
Want to know just what is happening
Whether it’s de Pan or de earth shaking
Want to know what band dey talking ’bout
If is from de east de north or south
’Cause when de bass rumble
Dey start to shout.


Verse 3

Ah direct hit ah know you feel in your heart
When you hear dem steelband dem play dey part
From village to country then to town
Every man jack going to tumble down
De sound of de bass rumbling on de ground
Some saying dis thing it cyah be true
No warning or what we all should do
If anything bad should happen to you



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Composer and panist Miguel Reyes, who shares the same hometown with the late Aldwyn Roberts aka Lord Kitchener is from Arima in east Trinidad.  And like Kitchener, Miguel - the last son of Elma Reyes - is also deeply involved with the culture of Trinidad and Tobago.  The year 1980 saw Reyes relocating to Bermuda, and there becoming a member of a band called The Real Thing managed by nightclub owner Choy Aming.  His involvement with music became rooted, and has been the mainstay in his life ever since.

Recognition in his homeland came Miguel’s way in 2009 when his acclaimed ‘pan tune’ Bandoleros - vocalized by Tunapuna Scanty - was performed in competition by steel orchestras at Trinidad & Tobago’s famed national steelband Panorama.  Champion arranger Yohan Popwell would take Sforzata Steel Orchestra in the medium conventional bands category to winner’s row with his arrangement of Reyes’ music - its ‘danceability’ and catchy delivery by Tunapuna Scanty making Bandoleros a favorite with young people in pan yards all over. 

And international acclaim via New York was just a few months away when two veteran and world-renowned steel orchestras Despers USA and Sonatas also opted for Bandoleros as their panorama tune of choice.  Once again Bandoleros would become a champion selection in the hands of Popwell, as he delivered yet another winning arrangement, this time with and performed by New York powerhouse Sonatas.

Miguel Reyes has honed his remarkable musical acumen through instruction in musical arrangement and composition under tutelage from recognized educators and musicians Merle Albino-de Coteau, Leon “Smooth” Edwards and the late master musician Clive Bradley

Currently residing in New York, about two years ago Miguel released his first full CD called “Panorama Fest 2010.”  Naturally, all the content was composed, written, arranged and produced by him.  Two of the tracks were Pan Injustice and De Last Band.

A competent musician, Miguel Reyes is once again in the musical spotlight, showcasing this track, Earthquake, for the 2012 Panorama season.

Bio by C. Phillips

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