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sung by Meshach
composed by Ricardo “Rick” Quammie

produced by Ricardo Quammie



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Verse 1

This is the time of the year
when the steel band
Getting ready for the big showdown
This the time of the year to hear real Pan
Every band’s hoping to win the crown
There’s music everywhere
in the atmosphere
It’s Panorama night
A little Ellington, Bradley and Beethoven
It’s a wonderful night


You can hear the basses
grumbling, coming down the street
Listen the tenors answering,
shuffling the beat
It’s a celebration, the pride of the nation
It’s comparable to a bird in flight
You know I ain’t lying, there is no denying
Tonight is a wonderful night

Verse 2

This is the time of the year when arrangers
Find themselves deep in meditation
This is the time of the year
when the strangers
Gravitate to the land of the Pan
This is carnival, this is bacchanal
It’s a Panman’s delight
It’s so magical, it’s fantastical
It’s a wonderful night

Chorus   (repeat)

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Meshach: Meshach has been performing a variety of musical styles for more than 16 years. In 2004 and 2005 he won the Soca Monarch title in New York. He has also been an opening act for a number of artists ranging from Burning Spear and Black Uhuru to SWV and the Ohio Players. In 2008 he released ‘Going Crazy’ and in 2009, ‘Stress Free’ and ‘Shake that thing.’ In 2010 he teamed up with songwriter/producer Ricardo “Rick” Quammie, resulting in the critically-acclaimed ‘Carnival Time’ which received positive reviews in the Trinidad Express and other newspapers and blogs.

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Ricardo Quammie

Ricardo Quammie: Ricardo “Rick” Quammie is a Brooklyn-based composer, musician and producer. Rick has played in numerous bands up and down the Eastern seaboard, performing different styles of music like jazz, pop, and R&B. In 2004 he co-wrote the song ‘Jamboree’ which was played by nine steelbands in the Panorama competition that year.  In 2010 his composition  ‘Carnival Time’ received colorful reviews in the Trinidad Express and other publications.

For the 2013 Panorama season, Quammie took on the role of composer, lyricist and producer for Celebration, the track featured here.  Hometown records CEO Jamal Talib recruited singer Meshach for vocal duties. Currently “Rick” writes and produces beats and songs for other artists and performers.

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