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‘Sweet 50’

sung by Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart
composed by Mark Loquan & Ken “Professor” Philmore



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“Sweet 50”
Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart

Provided with the expressed permission of the composer(s)

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Verse 1

Years, 50 years we up with de stars
Playing music all about
People jumping up all around
Funky music without a doubt
Set de place on fire
Fire in dey wire

Sweet is de legacy of we band
Massive following we have
Fans from every part of the world
Take ah listen to what we play
Cause we sweet like sugar
Put yuh hands together
Leh we say……


Fonclaire, celebrating 50 years
Fo..on..claire, jubilation in de air
We comin’ harder than ever
And never fail to deliver
Setting a party feeling and start de chanting
We singing ‘bout Fonclaire
Celebrating 50 years
Fo..on…claire, jubilation in de air
Coming to start up de fire
To satisfy your desire
So leh we toast Sweet Fifty

Verse 2

Vibes never stop flowing, is a high
Can’t explain de reason why
Playing music is what we love
Special gift from de Lord above
It is so exciting
We could jump till morning
Come, leh we all rejoice and be free
Panorama T&T
1965 we were born
And today we still going strong
It is music power
Leh we come together
Leh we say……



Verse 3

Great, part of history, proud to create
A whole year is hard to wait
For this time of gladness and fun
Street parading, come rain or sun
Like a party fever
Burning hot forever
Thanks all de members past and present
We continuing de fight
This great band, a part of we land
United, forever we stand
And we strong together
Will never surrender
Leh we say……


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Story behind the song, Sweet 50 (honouring Fonclaire Steel Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary)
- by Mark Loquan

The Ken “Professor” Philmore/Mark Loquan team is back for 2015 to mark a significant milestone for Fonclaire’s history, celebrating 50 years of wonderful music by this south band in Trinidad and Tobago. Ken and Mark were looking for something special, something different from their previous collaborations, to mark the milestone with a “funky” sound and “live” feel, while aiming to capture the sweetness of music and festive soul of the band. The band was historically known as the "funk band" because R&B, Soul, Jazz and Pop music could be found in its repertoire in addition to calypso. A very special thanks to Kenny Phillips of KMP Music Lab, who produced the song, and who worked with Ken and Mark for the first time.

Kenny Phillips, Ken “Professor” Philmore, and Mark Loquan
(In photo: left to right - Kenny Phillips, Ken “Professor” Philmore, and Mark Loquan)

The band was formed on Dottin Street under the house of the late Mervyn Scott in 1965 with the name Fonclaire conceptualised by Mickey Cardinal, as the majority of members lived on Fonrose Street and Claire Street in San Fernando. The band evolved over the years with Ken Philmore being its arranger from the late 80’s. Who could forget “Pan By Storm” composed and arranged by Ken in 1990, a well-known Panorama classic that was a winner in the eyes of many (Fonclaire came 2nd with this magnificent composition and arrangement).

“The team had collaborated to produce works for Fonclaire such as “Dangerous”(2009), “Rewind” (2010), “Vibes” (2012), and “Addicted” (2013), and Fonclaire also performed Mark’s “Good Times” in 2006. Congratulations on this milestone to all past and present members of this famous band of Trinidad and Tobago, with too many names to mention. The band is currently led by Milton “Wire” Austin, one of the band’s founders. The band celebrates with Sweet 50 for Panorama 2015, united with its followers from all around the world.

Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart
Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart


Dexter John Stewart, better known as “Blaxx” was born December 21st, 1962.

Dexter started his musical journey at the tender age age of thirteen, where his father Jerry Stewart who fielded his own band called “Jerry and New School” molded him into what we see today.

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Dexter then joined a very popular band called “Fucceccion” where he became “Blaxx” after a ten-year span. He then went on to join many other bands like “Atlantic”, “Byron Lee and the Dragonaires” and “Blue Ventures”.

In 1999 when the legend himself, Mr. Roy Cape approached “Blaxx” and asked him to join his family of musicians (Roy Cape All Stars). Mr. Blaxx honourably accepted - and the rest is history.

Since 1999 “Blaxx” and Roy Cape have kept “Roy Cape All Stars” in the forefront of the Soca Music industry. To say the least “Blaxx” is one of the most versatile artists in the Soca today.

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 the 2015 Panorama season.


Panist Ken 'Professor' PhilmoreKen “Professor” Philmore has been arranging music for Panorama since 1982. He has had many successes to date, viz 6 first places with Sonatas of New York, 2 with Sound Specialists of Laventille and numerous second places. His closest to victory in the large band category of Trinidad & Tobago Panorama was back in 1990 with Fonclaire and “Pan By Storm” when the band placed second to Renegades’ “Iron Man.”   In addition to arranging, to date he has done several panorama compositions, the latter 5 years being in collaboration with Mark Loquan and Destra.

Ken continues to spread the steelband culture worldwide.  As an ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument he has performed at several international jazz festivals and events worldwide, inclusive of a recent visit to Japan, where he conducted a series of lectures and concerts.

He also visited and performed in South Africa and Nigeria for their respective Carnivals in 2011, and returned to Nigeria in November 2012 along with Sound Specialists of Laventille at the invitation  of the government for the Carnival celebrations in Abuja. 

Ken’s aim is to have the youths embrace the artform. He dares to include hip hop, rap, reggae, funk and anything he believes would attract the youths, without losing the sweetness that would appeal to the pan connoisseurs. Hence his arrangements may be considered “non-traditional” or “outside of the box,” while exuding his rich musical soulful style and “down to earth” personality.


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