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Kelvin "Warlord" Holder, captain of
11-time National Panorama champion
Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, says the
band s victory at Saturday s competition
is not reserved for the membership, but
rather, is a triumph for the people of
"I will like to take this positive and turn
all the negatives into positives, because
you would know that in T&T, people
believe that Laventille alone is responsible
for the crime in T&T. Crime is all over.
Everything (they believe) that comes out
of Laventille is negative, but we want to
show them that Desperadoes is positive,"
The band reclaimed the prestigious title
for the first time in 15 years playing a Carl-
ton "Zanda" Alexander arrangement of
Different Me sung by Guardian Media Ltd s
own Akil "5 Star Akil" Borneo.
Holder said a deliberate effort by the
elders to impart their knowledge about
the Desperadoes philosophy and the result-
ing legacy which was internationally known
and respected was crucial to the band s
return to the premium spot.
Educating the members, he said, on
work laid down by this leading cultural
outfit which was part of the world s cultural
heritage helped to improve the fortunes
of the band in this year s National Panora-
ma Competition, held at Queen s Park
"This is a legacy and it is important that
we keep it going from strength to strength.
You see a lot of young people came into
the band and didn t know the history of
the band and started to lose interest. As
captain, I felt it was my duty to educate
them, that they should know a great band
and that we should continue preserving
it, so that we move on from strength to
strength," said Holder.
"Some of them would have known about
it (the band s legacy) because their grand-
parents were members of the band and
they would have had a bit of the history.
It wasn t difficult for some of them, but
for those who didn t know, it was a joy
for me to explain that to them," he said.
This was not Holder s first tour of duty
as captain since joining the band in 1966.
In 1991, he led the band to victory with
a Robert Greenidge arrangement of Musical
Volcano. Holder was returned to the post
in 1996. Twenty-four years later, he was
returned to the helm to raise the band s
profile and ultimately restore glory to the
band and its community.
So hectic was the Panorama 2016 season,
which formed part of the short Carnival
roster, that Holder could not recall when
last he benefited from a full night s sleep.
Fans of the band, he said, could look
forward to a strong presence today on the
Between the band s inability to qualify
for the International Conference on Pan
and Panorama held in August 2015 and
the threat from Massy Trinidad All Stars
to equal its title of ten Panorama victories,
Desperadoes had cause to reflect and
rethink its entire approach over the past
"Please remember there was an Inter-
national Panorama in T&T last year and
Desperadoes was out of that. And, being
the best band in the world---we are the
trendsetters in the steelband movement---
that was one of the wake-up calls. We
said look! It s time to get serious and let
the sleeping giant be awakened," Holder
He spoke proudly of the ease with which
the members of the Desperadoes Youth
Steel Orchestra were integrated into the
Holder said they were eager to take up
places among the senior players and con-
tinue the band s reputation for musical
"We keep telling them all the time that
the band must move on from strength to
strength. We have to leave and they would
have to take our places. It is important
that they know that the burden is on them
to keep the band going," he said.
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Panorama champs Desperadoes during their winning performance in the final on Saturday, at Queen's Park Savannah.
First Citizens Supernovas playing Chuck Gordon's
Breakthrough during the National Panorama Final on
Saturday. PHOTOS: TONY HOWELL
The sleeping giant awakes
Despers captain: A triumph for Laventille
Third-place winners, bpTT Renegades.
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