A BEAUTIFUL BEGINNING
ADLIB STEEL ORCHESTRA RELEASES DEBUT CD
By ADIKA BUTLER
For the past six years the Adlib Steel
Orchestra has entranced Pan-O-Rama audiences with the harmonious melodies
conjured from their steel pans. Now they’re ready to tell the world “We’ve
Only Just Begun,” with their album debut of the same name.
The Adlib Steel Orchestra has previously been featured on five Pan-O-Rama
compilation CD’s along with other bands, but they’re now poised and ready
to break away from the pack to share their exclusive talents.
With arrangers Stephen Sampson, Ruben Nelson and Harold Headley at the
helm of the current project, the Adlib Steel Orchestra—which consists of
25 pan players from all over the Caribbean—is saying that they have treats
for everyone with their latest release. The CD which is 11 tracks deep,
features covers on classic tunes such as Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over
the Rainbow,” and Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World.”
Lisa Mayers, who is co-manager for Adlib says that they take pride in
making music for the young and old alike. “You really can’t just play
Calypso and Jazz tunes,” says Mayers. “People want to hear the older songs
Fellow Co-manager Jean Mayers, Lisa’s mother, says that since its release
on July 7, the Adlib CD has been selling quite well.
Now the Adlib Steel Orchestra is looking ahead towards this year’s Pan-O-Rama. After coming in third in last years steel pan competition they expect to
be formidable competitors once again.
“We’re aiming high,” said Lisa Mayers.