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‘Pan is Carnival’

sung by “Chucky”
music by Pelham Goddard
lyrics by Alvin Daniell



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Verse 1

Since the transition from bamboo
To the birth of the steel pan
And no matter what some may do
Pan belong in a band
So from the time cock crow
To the final blow
As we move in the street
We can feel the beat, in we feet
So for those who don't agree
Best you check your history
I doh want no scandal
Pan is Carnival.


For Carnival action, steel pan is the plan
If you want jump in a band
It's the true authentic way,
if you want to feel the sway
So this year is pan Carnival,
A true Trini bacchanal
So this year is pan Carnival,
A true Trini festival
So this year is pan jamming
Taking over the Carnival
So this year is pan Carnival,
A true Trini bacchanal
For Carnival, pan take over
For Carnival, pan take over
This Carnival, pan take over
My Carnival, pan take over
Ping Pong Ping Pong Ping Pong Ping Pong
Ping Pong playing on the street
Feel the beat, in yuh feet
Pan the way to go for Carnival.

Verse 2

Some say that the pan play too slow
And they want it uptempo
So we have to play with more zest
If we want to impress
So to keep with the flow
Is pan on the go
No need to push the pan
The entire band, on a stand
On a big truck we moving
Through the city we cruising
Jamming with Pan Royale
Pan is Carnival.



Verse 3

Yes we live in a modern time
In a digital era
But to replace pan is a crime
With a synthesizer
We all want the real real thing
To give we the swing
So deejay take a side
To say pan has died, you have lied
Stronger now more than ever
Pan will play on forever
Key to the bacchanal
Pan is Carnival.


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“Pan is Carnival”

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“Chucky” - vocalist for “Pan Is Carnival”

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Mr. Chucky - Known in the calypso world as “Mr. Chucky,” his real name is Roderick Gordon.  He is a product of the Junior Monarch Calypso Competitions in Trinidad & Tobago, and has participated in various National Joint Action Committee competitions as well as Better Village productions.  In 2007 he won the “Stars of Tomorrow” Competition.

Recently he has been in demand to vocalize songs for the pan. He sang Soca Is It and the popular Thunder Coming - both composed by Edwin Pouchet and Alvin Daniell. He has vocalized several songs including 2011’s Momentum and 2013’s Champions.  He is back for the 2014 Panorama season as vocalist on Pan is Carnival.

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.

Daniell is the lyricist on the track featured here, Pan Is Carnival.

Pelham Goddard

Veteran songwriter, recording artist, composer and performer Pelham Goddard has long been associated with the steelpan instrument. He is a championship arranger in his own right and resident arranger with Exodus Steel Orchestra. Pelham Goddard has penned and/or arranged some of the most memorable Caribbean music pieces ever.

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