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Web Posted - Friday April 9, 2021
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Dr. Geraldine Connor (Educator, Theatre Director, Musician, Composer, Performer, Panist & Arranger) - In Her Own Words

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Global - She was one of the pioneers who had huge dreams, tremendous respect and expectations for the steelpan instrument. Moreover, she applied her immense talents into the art form. She lit the torch, and pointed out which way was up. Through her few posts she told us about her accomplishments, gave us history, guidance and much encouragement. Notes and thoughts for the WST family from the legendary and iconic Dr. Connor.


Web Posted - Tuesday April 7, 2021
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Meet Rudolph Commissiong - a pioneer of steelband music - Arranger & Captain of Esso Dixie Stars - UpClose!

by Rudolph Commissiong

Rudy Commissiong, captain of Esso Dixie Stars is on left. Steve Dupres - at centre - was the arranger and player of the “Echophones” made by [Herman] “Rock” Johnston, who's at right in picture   -   photo © Lawford Dupres
Rudy Commissiong, captain of Esso Dixie Stars is on left. Steve Dupres - at centre - was the arranger and player of the “Echophones” made by [Herman] “Rock” Johnston, who's at right in picture - photo © Lawford Dupres

Global - "One day during rehearsals I took a break and walked through the terrace, which was part of the building at the back and side of the nightclub to a bar, which I thought was part of the hotel, and called Casey’s Bar. There were about half a dozen white men drinking and talking. I ordered a beer. The bartender stood there rather frozen, then one of the men who I assumed knew who I was told the bartender something about the band. The bartender then said: “OK, but you will have to take it with you. You can’t drink it here....” That was very degrading and something that lived with me for a long time. ------- Rudolph Commissiong


Web Posted - Tuesday April 6, 2021
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Meet Angela Howard - Brooklyn, New York

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Angela Howard with daughter Jona
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New York, USA -“Aside from my love of the instrument, I think it is important to preserve our culture in perpetuity. All too often, we are so overly influenced by ʽwestern culture’ that we are willing to leave our own ways behind. I don’t want Pan or Caribbean culture to be like those extinct languages lamented only after they are lost altogether. We bring our stories and history to life through our culture. It is our responsibility to document and preserve in our own voices, as opposed to having someone else interpret it for us.” -- Angela Howard

She is indeed a woman in pan - Pan daughter, wife, mother and fan. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist and veteran pan mom Angela Howard shares her experiences, views, reflections and expectations on Pan, culture, and the steelpan art form overall.


Web Posted - Monday April 5, 2021
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Meet Koruri Hanato of Japan

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Koruri Hanato

Japan - She is a panist, arranger and leader of Panple Steel Orchestra in Japan. And she is a member of the famed Trinidad All Stars. In an exclusive interview, Koruri Hanato shares her immeasurable joy and love of Panorama, the steelpan instrument, its music and culture on When Steel Talks.


Web Posted - Sunday April 4, 2021
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Meet Shannon Mc David - Trinidad & Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - She is a scholar, an intellect, a serious practitioner of the performing arts. This, in addition to being a budding scientist and of course a panist, who knows a thing or two about winning Panorama performances - as a member of both the 2009 & 2010 champions Silver Stars Steel Orchestra - and the 2018 Renegades Steel Orchestra. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Shannon Mc David shares her feelings, experiences, expectations and passion for the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.


Web Posted - Sunday April 4, 2021
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Rudolph Charles - Thirty-Six Years Later, Steelband Leader Still Exceptional

by When Steel Talks

Rudolph Charles - legendary steelpan icon

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -   From Rudolph Charles' memoriam: He led his community and band with a togetherness that could only have been achieved by love and total commitment to the cause.


Web Posted - Sunday April 4, 2021
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Meet Miranda Martin - Trinidad & Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Miranda has traveled the world over as a member of the legendary Desperadoes Steel Orchestra. She embodies all the characteristics of a great panist - talent, intellect, discipline, and sacrifice. She is most proud of the lives she has touched through her years of playing pan. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Miranda Martin of Trinidad and Tobago shares how the steelpan instrument has impacted her life.




Web Posted - Saturday April 3, 2021
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Ralph MacDonald - WST Exclusive Interview - on the Legendary Rudolph Charles

Rudolph Charles
The legendary Rudolph Charles

Global - In this part of the When Steel Talks exclusive interview with Grammy award-winning producer and song writer, Ralph MacDonald - he speaks on the brilliance of the legendary leader of Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, Rudolph Charles.


Web Posted - Friday April 2, 2021
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Marvin Gaye - Calypso Blues - To take me back to Trinidad

A Tribute to The Great Nat “King” Cole

Marvin Gaye sings Calypso Blues

Global - The late great Marvin Gaye sings Calypso Blues written by Nat “King” Cole as a tribute to him on the “A Tribute to The Great Nat King Cole” 1965 album.


Web Posted - Thursday April 1, 2021
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Meet Sunity Maharaj of Trinidad and Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - She is one the foremost critical thinkers of our time - always bringing a sober and honest voice to the conversation. An ardent supporter of Trinidad and Tobago arts and culture - Sunity Maharaj speaks on women, Pan, and the way forward in an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks.


Web Posted - Thursday April 1, 2021
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Rudolph Charles remains... The Baddest Desperado

by Dalton Narine

The funeral of Desperadoes' Rudolph Charles

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Thirty-six years ago, Laventille’s Rudolph Charles shuffled off this mortal coil and went out in style - a glam funeral service, his soul encased in the Chariot pans he invented and three religions vying for meager props at his rites on the banks of the Caroni - as an age of innocence was nearing its own death.




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