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‘Men of Steel’

sung by Kes
music by Kenneth Charles
lyrics by Alvin Daniell

arranged by Leston Paul



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Verse 1

It was from a rusty drum, this element known as steel emerged
Around which, men of steel converged
And is the intense heat on the virgin drum, that produce the pan we play
Just like the pan men of today

We faced each ordeal,
Rejection unreal,
The pain we conceal,
And that is why we are men of steel.


As real men we don't complain,
no matter the pain
We rise and we come again, great heights to attain
Yuh cyar keep we down, no matter what you may feel
For we stand firm, we are men of steel.

Verse 2

Bit by bit we persevered, against every obstacle that came
Violence, pan men took the blame
And incarceration we had to endure, persecution evermore
Made us strong, right down to the core.

We faced each ordeal,
Rejection unreal,
The pain we conceal,
And that is why we are men of steel.



Verse 3

When you see you heat the steel, you introduce a special hardness
To withstand, all kind of crisis
For the heat does yield a unifying bond, to make the man and steel one
Number one, when all said and done.


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Kes and Leston Paul
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Kees Dieffenthaller was born on March 12th in San Fernando, Trinidad. He began performing in the late 90’s. His vocals, stage presence and good looks immediately attracted a large audience.

In 2005 he formed his own band named “KES the Band,” which consists of his two brothers, Hans (drummer), Jon (lead guitar), and his best friend Riad Boochoon (bass). They have released several albums with more than a dozen hits making it into the top 10 of major Caribbean charts.

In 2011, Kes released one of the greatest soca hits of his career, “Wotless.” After having performed this single at the 2011 International Soca Monarch, it won the title of Groovy Soca Monarch. Kes the Band continues to remain one of the most ‘favourited’ bands out of Trinidad and Tobago.

Kenneth Charles
Alvin C. Daniell

Alvin 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 with Edwin Pouchet to produce several hits such as Thunder Coming, First in de Line, Battle Zone, It’s Showtime!, Gie Dem Tempo, Keshorn – The Javelin Champion and Shock Attack.  among others.

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