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sung by “Crazy”
composed by Clinton Guppy
arranged by Kareem Brown
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(A tribute to the late Herman Guppy Brown)
is, our national instrument
We all should know, is we thing
Men like Ellie, Lincoln and Jules
Deserve some compliments
In their trouble
Understand the struggle
But out of the blue
Was ah man from Laventille
Known as Brown
He’s the one, use to run the town
Ah man, really truly proven
To be the best
Man doh doubt what ah say
People knew there were no contest
Pang - he
Pang - toom padang (repeat)
Is the art ah tuning pan
He captured many fans
Many try but could not understand
The tone and the ring
Was the Creator’s gift to him
band, to band to sell the pan
Roaming all over the land
With ah passion, working all day
At times receive no pay
With ah strategic plan, how to run ah steelband
Herman had ah friend
And we all know that music, is the trend
One Hollis, would come to assist
Trying, best to keep it conceal, but must reveal
Helping out the posse,
Was the nine-time monarch, Chalkie.
friend, the time has come
Rest in peace, for your job has been done
50 years, blood, sweat and tears
Trials you bear
That’s the sacrifice that you made, my friend
This is the end
Thanking you, for your contribution.
third, the year 2015
The general, passed away
Oh, what ah sad day
Now he’s gone
Leaving all of us to mourn
And just like that, on that day he fell flat.
He started tuning, back in 1965 at seventeen.
He Herman, learn from one Lincoln,
Bertie, leh me mention another name,
Granger, even one dey call Bob
From there on Herman learn the job.
Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung
Edwin Ayoung or “Crazy” - born Edwin Ayoung in 1944, on Maraval Road in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad of a Venezuelan mother and Trinidadian father of Chinese descent, was - in his youth - as skilled and competitive in his country’s national pastime of cricket, as he has been now for years as a world-travelled musician, performing artist and composer.
Though dubbed The “Loveable
Lunatic of Soca,” Ayoung
has time and again not
been given his due in
his native land, yet
remains one of the most
artists on the international
soca scene. An experimentalist,
he pioneered the unique
musical genre known
as Parang Soca and played
a leading role in promoting
Chutney Soca. Crazy
would go on to sing
several monster smashes
in parang soca, including
A brilliant double-entendre artiste at its best - Edwin Ayoung has delighted in pushing the envelope in his humorous and witty manner. With songs like Paul, Nani Wine and Suck Meh Soucouyant to name but three, this illustrious performer remains a staple in the music world.
He’s been ranked in the top three for Trinidad & Tobago’s annual national calypso monarch competition - his best showing being at position two with Dustbin Cover. He captured the prestigious Road March title (the ‘tune for the road’ during Carnival Monday and Tuesday) in 1985 with Suck Meh, Soucouyant.
Now add the track here, The Creator’s Gift, to the increasing set of music works sung by “Crazy” for the 2018 steelband Panorama and carnival season; this one written by Clinton Guppy. Already out for this period are I Young (Go Crazy), Pan Break, Wind and Solar and Love of the Music.
Clinton Guppy was born to Lloyd Clement Brown and Enid Guppy, both coming from the community of Success Village, Laventille. He has been playing the steelpan since 1968 at the tender age of eight – his first band named Minuet. This band was located at the back of Clinton’s residence. It lasted roughly three years, making way for another, five years later, at the same location, called Laventille Superstars; this band was also short-lived. His three other siblings were in this band, including the eldest, Herman.
Eventually, Clinton and one of his siblings were inspired by Herman to join the band, Solo Harmonites Steel Orchestra in 1974 and became passionate for music despite being ignorant to the theories of music. Clinton decided to throw his hat into the ring, doing his own thing for the first time.
He recalls at one occasion, Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung came to Herman’s pan factory, requesting a tenor pan. He approached Edwin, asking him to sing The Creator’s Gift, which had no lyrics at the time, not knowing almost four years later, Herman would be the motive and inspiration for the lyrics in The Creator’s Gift.
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