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‘Outta De Box’

sung by “Shanaqua
music by Mark Loquan & Seion Gomez
lyrics by Gregory “GB” Ballantyne

produced by Junior “IBO” Joseph



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“Outta De Box”

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Verse 1

Who feel dey know, all de Panorama dynamics A to Z
Dat status quo,
Going to take a beating from we, yes we
We going to rock de rafters,
Full dem with joy and laughter
With an original melody
We come out here,
With a brand new flavour to sweeten up de lime
Pan pioneers, we go change de entire paradigm
We breaking old traditions, and familiar vibrations
A spunky new feeling, classy and appealing
Send de Grand Stand reeling


We jumping off de stage, rocking town and village
Outta de box we on de pan stage
Different but still in groove,
Pan man go love we move
Outta de box dey go welcome and approve
Rama, pool party setting
Dis time, we doing de wetting
Oil barrel, new music we go spill
(Outta de box) Repeat

Verse 2

All things renew,
Dat is how nature does unfold in front of we
What we should do,
Leave we options open and free, yes free
But some confusing history, going in pan cemetery
To dig up old pan melodies
Every new year,
Bringing plenty more selections for we to choose
So is not fair, yuh giving dem composers plenty blues
Someone tell Pan Trinbago, is time to hold de retro
Only brand new standards, could light up de big yard
Have de Grand Stand bawling



In this modern day time
(Just cool de retro) x 3
(improvised vocals)
Outta de box we coming,
Hear how we barrel humming
Tenor to bass pan strumming
Brand new style, full of melody, fresh as a daisy

Verse 3

Meet we in town,
And de music go put all things in perspective
Doh play too long,
Eight minutes is all dat dem judges give
And if yuh large or medium,
Doh bring de whole village, come
Because is not a numbers game
All who retro,
Going back for old songs to try and win appeal
Just let dem know,
Dat dey really cyar re-invent de wheel
We close dat history chapter,
It done sealed and delivered
Better try a fresh thing,
Like dis brand new offering
Have de Grand Stand shouting:


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Outta De Box is the first collaboration between Seion Gomez and Mark Loquan, and Seion’s first step as a composer/arranger. Seion had already arranged several of Mark’s songs over the years, so the collaboration was not an unexpected development. As fate would have it, with both now on the opposite sides of the globe (with Mark now based in Australia), the two would venture in the studio, co-composing Outta De Box. A reunion with the energetic Shanaqua, was also not unnatural as she performed Mark’s offering in 2000, “Passion for Pan.”

The song lyrics by Gregory “GB” Ballantyne, captured the theme of going out of the box, stepping out of the crease with something new. Most bands look for something different, some way to differentiate themselves, to do or say something new, to take some risks. Here the team set out on a fresh melody and to take some risks. One can even hear improvising in the bridge and the trumpet soloing at the end of the song adding to the difference from most songs offered for the Panorama season. Junior “Ibo” Joseph produced the song, feeling the song as Outta De Box from the very beginning, with great vibes in the team involved.

Rachel “Shanaqua” Fortune
Rachel “Shanaqua” Fortune

Shanaqua (Goddess of the Water) started her musical career at the tender age of fourteen when she was lead female performance artiste with the now legendary Machel Montano’s first music band Pranasonic Express.

Having “cut her professional teeth” with the band, she moved on performing under the name Rachel Fortune, traveling, performing and spreading the culture of Trinidad and Tobago as far as Hong Kong.

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Shanaqua is a professional recording and performing artiste who has also recorded with Jamaican artiste Lloyd Lovindeer and provided background vocals for a number of local artistes.

Her repertoire includes, Calypso, Jazz, Soca, Parang and Yoruba Spiritual Music. Shanaqua has a number of recordings to her belt to date.

(l-r): Seion Gomez, Shanaqua, Mark Loquan, Junior “Ibo” Joseph in studio
(l-r): Seion Gomez, Shanaqua, Mark Loquan, Junior “Ibo” Joseph in studio

Seion Gomez was born in the beautiful twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He started playing the steel pan at age nine and continued through the ranks.

While at secondary school, he participated successfully at the junior steel pan competitions and by age eighteen he was arranging for steel bands throughout Trinidad.

After leaving secondary school, Seion attended The University of the West Indies and Northern Illinois University where he achieved his Master’s degree. Seion is a Music Literacy Trust scholar, and has travelled to many countries as a performer, teacher and lecturer. He has also judged numerous steel pan competitions both here in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad.

Presently, Seion works with the NLCB Buccooneers Steel Orchestra of Tobago and Solo Harmonites of Trinidad. He is dedicated to help raise the level of musicianship within the steel pan fraternity of Trinidad and Tobago and promote the steel pan as an instrument throughout the world.

2015 represents the 16th year, Mark Loquan is composing for Panorama.  Mark is also the Musical Director of the first steelband in Western Australia, Perth Pandemix which started in early 2013.  He has produced/co-produced works such as Passion for Pan album (2000), and the pioneering products of Pan In Education (2004), and Pan in Education 2 (2011).

Mark has produced several popular songs for Panorama, which have been performed in Trinidad, and across the globe in main pan events as well as in schools and universities.  Starting with songs like Glory, Passion for Pan, Fire and Steel, Identity, Frenzy, Colours Again, he has also collaborated musically with Amrit Samaroo, Edwin Pouchet, Ken “Professor” Philmore, Andy Shaefe—and for 2015 with Seion Gomez—to produce songs like Celebration Time, Hooked, Dangerous, Surrender, Calling Meh, and Vibes. He has also worked with a multitude of singers, writers, and performers and has enjoyed long term collaborations with Denyse Plummer and Destra Garcia over his musical journey.

Mark took a break for 2014 after 15 consecutive years of producing music for pan, but is back with music for Panorama 2015.

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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