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‘More Than An Oil Drum’

sung by Joanne Foster
composed by Don Clarke
lyrics by Gregory “GB” Ballantyne

produced by Junior “IBO” Joseph



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Verse 1

They feel that Pan is just oil drums,
That you should tune and play,
Ah hope they know whey ah coming from,
’Cause that was yesterday,
Pan has come of age and it’s
Turning ah new page, oh yeah,
No more ah discarded oil can, no man,
Classics right back to jazz,
Magic, full of pizzazz,
Pan has produce great stars

Chorus 1

Oil drum, it is a musical ace,
Rhythm from tenor to bass,
Panorama man, showboating,
Pretty chrome and powder-coating,
Oil Drum has achieved pride of place.

Verse 2

For teaching music literacy,
Steelpan has great appeal,
When come to music therapy,
The tone is so ideal,
Telling you the truth,
Is a magic for de youth, oh yeah,
Go check every Panyard around, in town,
Young folks dey everywhere,
No joke wid dey career,
Blessing the pioneers.



Every drum was born
To make sweet Pan music
All around the world Mama strum de drum
With a groovy Pan stick Is music goal. (repeat)  

Verse 3

Just put your ear by empty drums,
You’ll hear de metal cry,
Just let the man wid de hammer come,
Don’t let my music die,
Dip me in fire,
And cut as you require,
And give a player two Pan stick, real quick,
So I could now parade,
Why I was really made,
Steelband in Masquerade.




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“More than an Oil Drum”
Joanne Foster

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Joanne Foster
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Joanne Foster: She first stepped into the entertainment spotlight in 1988 as a vibrant young teenager, immediately announcing her potential by being awarded ‘Best Soloist & Dancer’ at the San Fernando Arts Festival for Schools. The following year she placed second in the National Teen Talent Show.

In 1994 Joanne Foster emerged as one of COTT’s (Copyright Organisation of Trinidad & Tobago) National Song Festival Winners. She made her 1995 debut at the Spectacular Forum, copping the National Carnival Commission (NCC) award for the ‘Most Promising Female Calypsonian.’ Joanne was also a Calypso Fiesta semi finalist in her first appearance at that Skinner Park event.  She would make five subsequent appearances at the Semi Finals: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008.  Additionally, from  2003 she was in the South Monarch Competition finals for eight consecutive years.

A background vocalist attached to the Junior “Ibo” Joseph Dancing Dread Studio for many years, Joanne has sung background vocals for many of the top calypsonians in Trinidad and Tobago.   In 2012 she made her debut in the ‘Pan Tune’ genre with an exciting tribute to Pan women everywhere called Pan Woman Jammin’.

For 2013, the 50th anniversary of Panorama, Joanne returns with a stirring, uptempo, pulsating tribute to Steelpan tuners the world over - More than an Oil Drum, featured here.  Again, yet another collaboration with Don Clarke, “Ibo” and “GB” has produced this catchy, persuasive composition of melodic music ideal for Steelpan orchestration.

Don Clarke

Don Clarke’s entry into the world of composing music for the steelpan took place in 2004, when he composed The Bomb vocalised by Edwin Ayoung aka ‘Crazy.’  Celebrated Pan arranger Robert Greenidge arranged the song that year for Pan Knights as their Panorama selection.

Don has composed a number of pieces for the steelpan - the likes of Pan Mamaguy, Delgado – a musical tribute to the deceased iconic Pan maker Lincoln “Delgado” Noel, River LimeMomentum and Pan Woman Jammin’.

An Atlanta, Georgia, USA resident - Don makes the annual pilgrimage to his homeland to immerse himself in the intensity of the steelband Panorama and to keep grounded with developments within the steelpan community in Trinidad & Tobago.

Gregory “GB” Ballantyne

Gregory “GB” Ballantyne began composing professionally in 1986, when he collaborated with Len “Boogsie” Sharpe to pen Pan Rising and Dis Feeling Nice sung by Denise Plummer. In the ensuing years he would co-write winning Panorama selections for Desperadoes, and again for Phase II.

In Trinidad, GB’s compositions have won the National Calypso Monarch (Senior and Junior) Young King, International Humour, National Queen, Unattached Monarch, South Calypso King and East Zone Monarch.  His works have placed artistes like Rikki Jai, Devon Seale, The Mystic Prowler, Aaron Duncan, to name a few, into winner’s row.

GB’s credits also include National and Regional Calypso Monarch titles in Antigua and Anguilla, as well as Chutney hits such as ‘Tassa-Man’ sung by Rooplal Gidharie and the perennial favourite ‘Ribbons’ sung by Marilyn Williams.


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