Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 8th 2018 Contents Mr Keith Diaz, President, Pan Trin-
Sir, I wish to congratulate you
on a successful International Con-
ference and Panorama. However,
Allow me to share a few ideas/sug-
gestions to aid the pan movement
with regard to its sustainable devel-
These ideas/suggestions are as
(i) Anthony Williams should be
nominated for the Nobel Prize in
Physics and supported by Pan Trin-
bago and the necessary lobbying
(ii) Continuing lobbying for mon-
ies to continue the research with
pan so that Trinidad and Tobago
will also be ahead of the rest of the
(iii) Headquarters building on the
C/R Highway. This Building should
house the International Head-
quarters for pan. The old “gayap
method” should be utilised to build
this headquarters. In the pan move-
ment are lots of skill craftsmen ie
masons, carpenters, electricians,
painters, architects, engineers etc.
This pool of labour should be mo-
bilised, together with the leader-
ship of Pan Trinbago, to physically
complete the construction of the
headquarters on weekends.
Donation of materials should be
solicited from within the pan move-
ment, supporters, sponsors and
friends of the steelband movement.
(iv) Exports of steelpan instru-
At the conference it was men-
tioned that there was an order for
40,000 mini pans. Panland was
unable to fulfil that order.
The manufacture of steelband
instruments is labour intensive,
hence employment opportunities
exist for people in the steelband
movement and associated com-
munities. Some sort of co-opera-
tion with all tuners in the country
should be undertaken so that these
large orders could be fulfilled. Pan-
land Limited could be utilised in
finishing, quality control and co-or-
dinating such an exercise.
Steelpan instruments should be
marketed just as Angostura Bitters
It should be noted that market ac-
cess has been gained for the export
of steelband instruments to Gua-
temala and El Salvador in recently
concluded bilateral Partial Scope
Free Trade Agreements with Trin-
idad and Tobago.
Additionally, steelband instru-
ments can be exported to Costa
Rica and the Dominican Republic
under the respective Agreements
(v) Fund Raisers for the Organi-
(a) Youth party/festival—This
should be undertaken during the
August vacation period.
Youth steelbands should be uti-
lised with a popular artiste that is a
favourite amongst the youths. This
would assist in widening the sup-
port for pan amongst them.
(b) Carnival steelband party:
This is an opportunity to bring
steelbands back into the parties.
Venue should be located where
there is adequate parking facilities.
This would ease the minds of senior
citizens who follow pan activities
with their vehicles.
(vi) Panorama (finals):
This show has become too long
on final night. This is where the real
money is available for the organisa-
tion with television rights. Booking
of satellite time is important and
the show must run on schedule.
There is urgent need for a stage
with hydraulics that can simultane-
(a) Have a band playing;
(b) off-loading a band that had
just completed playing; and
(c) load a band that is getting
ready for the next performance.
There should be a retractable
roof over the stage in case rain falls
to prevent any keep back with any
performance. The engineers in the
country should be able to assist in
the design of this stage.
(vii) Home for Carnival.
A proper home is needed to host
all carnival activities. This home
should be located in the Queen’s
Park Savannah. Carnival can even
bring in more monies for the coun-
try if we are serious about tourism
and marketing the product of carni-
val and its associated activities.
Features of the venue:
(a) Seating capacity of 40,000
(b) There should be no posts
blocking the audience view of the
These are my thoughts for assist-
ing the pan movement in its quest
for success in the future.
Director, Agriculture Planning Division
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Kill dem dead, is de vice in dey own head
Despite all that’s being said,
“Rowlee mudda count” is not a dou-
ble entendre calypso.
One of that genre is a calypso that,
by the lyrics alone is just very ordi-
nary. The listener with
“de vice in dey own head” comes
up with a different meaning. Let’s
look at a few.
The Grand Master’s Dr Kitch re-
lates the reaction of a patient to an
injection which he gives.
Ah push it in
She pull it out
Ah push it back
She start to shout
Dr Kitch it’s terrible
Ah cyar stand the size of your dam
From “Saxophone” which his
lady won’t leave alone
The way she lip the saxophone
Yuh tink she biting piece ah bone
Her entire mouth expand de top
Like ah baby sucking lollipop.
Lord Zandolie’s “Iron man” and
his problems with female officers of
the law and his desire to pack up his
house with iron to make an inven-
But when she leave meh house I was
She take all meh iron an’ set me free
As can be seen there isn’t any-
thing in the lyrics to suggest any-
Golden Voice The Mighty Terror
would say “Dem lyrics as clean as ah
There are calypsoes that have
words that that “sounds like” some-
Lord Funny’s Bam see, Ah Soul
Man, Gypsy’s For cane, Plain-
clothes’ Dun see and Lord Santa’s
Four King’s competition.
Then there are those in which the
singer sets up scenarios to give the
audience ample reason to think oth-
Lord Canary on visiting Dr Beck-
les to get an injection
Yuh two hands on meh shoulders
Dat ah cud see
Now is which han’ yuh using to in-
Lord Blakie in Hol’ de pussy re-
lates about “A man wid ah baton just
There are calypsoes which give
great opportunity for “word substi-
Lord Funny’s Soul Chick, his
neighbour who wants him to build
something for her.
How yuh cud wuk So?
How yuh cud knock so?
How yuh cud ......so?
Going back many years there was
“Shaver man” something of a road
Shaver man coming down
Shaving the old and...........the
In Tunapuna when that was being
played there were actually two po-
licemen who were
listening for anyone who sang the
This word change goes back to at
least VE day of 1945.
Is yuh moustache we want Hitler.
Easy change there, also the cho-
rus to Mary Ann, the hot tune then.
The water from she.........cud sink
An’ the grease from she.......cud fry
This one is from Donkey City, a
change of a full line
But the mule jump out the stable
Wid he long ting touching he navel
The entire shipment of Roar-
ing Lion’s Netty Netty was thrown
overboard into the Port–of-Spain
harbour because of the line “Give
me de ting in yuh belly” was found
to be offensive even though the au-
thorities relied on a rival record’s
concern and never heard the song.
Later in his Grenada Excursion
this line was changed to “Gimme
de ting yuh make for yuh pappy”
which could generate all kinds of
Calypsoes have always been re-
plete with suggestive lyrics, but as
Lord Creator sang ‘Kill dem dead,
For de vice in dey own head.”
Yet all these Calypsoes were well
constructed and did not depend on
just one word to make a hit.
Maybe our Prime Minister should
do as the late PM Chambers did. He
invited Gypsy to sing his
‘Sinking ship” at Balisier House
where it died a natural death.
Drag yuh bow Mr Prime Minister!
Market pan instruments just like Angostura Bitters
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