Pan Songs Ready For 2012

Carnival is some distance away but already there are several “pan songs” circulating in the panyards, as singers try to grab arrangers’ attention, Gary Cardinez reports in Trinidad’s Express.

Here are some that are making the rounds.

Since last month The Original De Fosto Himself completed “An Intervention of Hope” (Lives have been saved). De Fosto’s song is about the current State of Emergency, a nice concept, well structured, with a good melody. Of course the song is composed and sung by De Fosto.

Crazy followed with “Kamla The Greatest”, a song praising the Prime Minister as the first woman PM of Trinidad and Tobago and her courage to call the SoE. Composed and sung by Crazy, “Kamla The Greatest” possesses a great hook line and was arranged by Junior Ibo Joseph.

Dunstan ‘Car Wash’ Lawrence has thrown his hat in the ring very early with “Million Dollar Music”. His composition is arranged by Pelham Goddard. Car Wash has been very consistent with his compositions and this one might see a repeat of his biggest song to date, “Me and Meh Lady”, made popular by Trinidad All Stars.

“Pan Pan” can be called a true Caribbean song; it was composed by Harry Best of St Lucia, with Duvonne Stewart of Trinidad and Tobago playing pans on the track. It was arranged by Roland Richards of Montserrat.

“Trials of a Pan Woman” sung by UK Calypso Monarch Alexander the Great was composed by the singer, along with Debra Romain-Ahmad (Pan Diva) and produced by Martin York. Pan Diva is the Musical Director of Cambridge University Steel Orchestra and has been in the forefront of the pan movement in the UK.

Alexander the Great is a former “Belmont boy” who uses calypso as a social vehicle in the UK. Together they have documented a piece of pan history in song which will be well appreciated. “Muster Point” is Dr Will B’s contribution for 2012 and, as always, he composed and sung his song.

After a short break Anthony “Lexo” Alexis is back in the game with “Pan Turbulence”; the former journalist put lyrics to a song composed by Jason “Peanuts” Isaac, sung by Natalie Yorke and arranged by Leston Paul.

Lexo had a “fairy tale” run with master arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and Phase II Pan Groove, chalking up several victories at the National Panorama competition and he hopes to continue his success with Peanuts.

It is early days still and we look forward to the many more pan compositions as Carnival 2012 draws near.
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