Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 16th 2013 Contents All Stars and Starlift. Dove also
stated that pan musicians were
not "badjohns" but were "very
fast runners." He said the bad-
johns of yesteryear were prima-
rily supporters of steelbands.
In a brief speech before intro-
ducing the next speaker, an emo-
tional Augustus lamented the
small turnout and lack of sup-
port by steelbands for the event,
adding "every steelband in
Trinidad knows about this event
"We have to take this pro-
gramme into schools to get wider
support from young people.
Young students come to Pan
Trinbago every day to research
papers for their theses. Think of
how much they could learn by
attending sessions like this?
"Let me make it quite clear
tonight, pan is an African thing.
But, I must let people like Sat
Maharaj and they know that pan
is also a Trinbagonian thing. Jit
Samaroo is one of the greatest
pan musicians ever."
Renegades president Michael
Marcano and the band for allow-
ing Pan Trinbago to use its
premises free of charge. He called
on other steelbands to emulate
Renegades pioneer Rudy Mar-
shall spoke on the history of the
Charlotte Street band. He
emphasised that the notorious
Lawbreakers gang was formed
long after Renegades was in exis-
tence. He, too, sang praises of
Up next was Hackett, a long-
time Woodbrook and Invaders
"badjohn." Proudly disclosing
that he was born on February
18, 1930, the 83-year-old boldly
predicted: "Invaders and Tokyo
could never win a Panorama.
Invaders has been unfairly judged
He suggested that steelbands
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are kept in check by their sponsors
as bad behaviour causes the risk of
a band losing sponsorship.
Contradicting Dove s account of
the start of the Bomb competition,
Hackett said the competition was
initiated by Invaders and Trinidad
In the wake of Hackett s address,
Trotman, a pan and music academic,
spoke of the relationship between
Invaders and Casablanca.
Moore, 71, a living Invaders legend,
claimed, "Renegades and Invaders
were always in war. The only Invaders
man who could have gone by Rene-
gades was Cobo Jack
, because he
was the band s pan tuner."
Moore gave a vivid account of his
life as a "badjohn" at home and
abroad, his reputation taking him as
far abroad as Britain to add "muscle"
to Mangrove steelband.
He also revealed that "weapons of
choice in the badjohn days" included
cutlasses, iron bolts and bombs.
Adding that "icepicks were for cow-
ards," Moore said that airplane fuel
increased the devastation of a bomb."
The audience sang Happy Birthday
for Hackett and Moore at the start
of their speeches.
So successful was its Easter
Monday production at Centre
of Excellence, Kaiso Lovers
Incorporated (KLI) is staging
Calypso and Soca Monarch
Past and Present Part II, on
August 30, at 8.30 pm, at Jean
Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain.
KLI spokesman Michael
"Sugar Aloes" Osuna said this
last Thursday: "We were very
pleased and encouraged by the
public response to the Easter
Monday show that we decided
to repeat the production for
The two-time national calyp-
so monarch said: "Over two or
three years, local promoters tend
to bring Jamaican reggae artistes
to perform here for T&T Inde-
pendence. That is one of the
reasons why I decided to repeat
this show now. We have too
much good local talent who are
unemployed when our nation
celebrates its birthday."
Osuna said icons of calypso
will be honoured by cast mem-
bers singing some of their best
"Sparrow would be recognised
by Explainer singing Model
Nation; Skatie would be singing
Sniper s Portrait of Trinidad;
(David) Rudder will pay tribute
to Kitchener, and, I would be
doing Funny s How Yuh Feel,"
The full cast includes David
Rudder, SuperBlue, Pink Panther,
Black Stalin, Denyse Plummer,
Ronnie Mc Intosh, Baron,
Explainer, Skatie, Johnny King,
Swallow, Earl Brooks and Osuna.
Tribute to calypso icons
From left, Peter "Blues" Reynald, Bryon Serrette, Pan Trinbago vice president, and Gerry Browne
Invaders were always in
war. The only Invaders
man who could have
gone by Renegades was
'Cobo Jack', because he
was the band's pan
tuner." ---Keith Moore
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