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Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove Steel
Orchestra sounded unlike the cham-
pion band it is when it appeared at
Adam Smith Square at 2 am last Sun-
day at Pan On D Avenue 2.
The reigning Panorama champion s
renditions of We Ready and More Love
sounded a bit flat, and its players
appeared somewhat jaded, apparently
as a result of having spent long hours
"on the track" since the evening before
awaiting its turn among the 36 par-
ticipating steel orchestras.
Ariapita Avenue, where the parade
unfolded, was crammed with people
from about 7 pm Saturday. The bands,
however, did not begin to flow until
shortly after 9 pm.
From the start point at the corner
of Gatacre Street, early contributors
included NLCB Fonclaire offering an
uptempo version of the Mighty Spar-
row s Lying Excuses, Carib Woodbrook
Playboyz rhythmic take on Under The
Boardwalk, and Arima Golden Sym-
phony getting onlookers to dance in
the streets to everyone s favourite hymn
How Great Thou Art.
Also heading to Adam Smith Square
were NGC Couva Joylanders, Valley
Harps, Courts Sound Specialists of
Laventille and Neal and Massy Trinidad
At the venue, the huge crowd heard
Tropical Angel Harps sweetly play
Baron (Timothy Watkins) medley, inclu-
sive of This Melody Sweet and Tell Me
Why, Solo Harmonites powerful inter-
pretation of Don t Cry For Me Argenti-
na, and White Oak Starlift s pulsating
rendition of This Melody Sweet.
As Sunday approached and the crowd
thickened, house announcers Judith
Laird and Holly Thomas had to repeat-
edly ask that people "move aside and
allow the bands to come forward."
BP Renegades emerged to do Machel
Montano s The Fog, to be followed by
Brimblers---the small band with the big
sound---livening up proceedings with
Hey Jude, and Republic Bank Exodus
opting to showcase Dr Cassandra and
Spring Garden On Fire, from the pens
of Barbadian entertainers Gabby and
Ras Iley, respectively.
Skiffle was stoutly applauded for
Wanna Make Love To You and Coffee
Street. St James Tripolians danced to
Machel Montano s Magic Drum, and
CAL Invaders offered a gospel medley
mounted on the music of Andre
Tanker s hit composition Sayamanda.
Presented by the Woodbrook Com-
munity Association and Councillor
Cleveland Garcia, Pan On D Avenue 2
was staged as a tribute to the memory
of the late Ralph MacDonald, the Amer-
ican-born grammy award-winning per-
ducer described by organisers as "one
of the most patriotic Trinis ever."
His "Trinidadianism" can be traced
back to his Trini father, calypsonian
Macbeth The Great, and his many years
of liming in Harlem with pan pioneers
such as Patsy Haynes, and Pops and
Rudy King of Casablanca Steel Orches-
tra.He played percussion in several
Panorama competitions with Witco
Desperadoes and Laventille Serenaders
The outpouring of assistance and support
from the public for Amir Andi-Abdoerrachman
and his mother Sieudaye has been overwhelm-
After the T&T Guardian published a story last
week about Amir s success at school despite his
hearing disability, Sieudaye said she was touched
by people s kindness toward her son, and the
interest from the Government.
Amir, 18, passed six of seven subjects, with
one distinction, at his Caribbean Secondary Edu-
cation Certificate (CSEC) this year, surprising
himself and others, given his hearing disability
and the fact that his father died of a stroke as
Amir wrote his exams.
In response, several people called the T&T
Guardian asking for the family s contact infor-
mation so they could help them in some way.
One person offered to buy Amir a laptop com-
puter for school, which Sieudaye said was
"He can use that in the long term, too, for
university," she said happily.
Sieudaye said she was overwhelmed by the
response to the story, and she and her son were
"People are good. They don t want their names
to be called either, they just want to give. I m
grateful these people have chosen to reach out."
Sieudaye is still hoping for help from the Min-
istry of the People and Social Development, in
the form of a disability grant.
She said two earlier applications for the grant
lends an ear
to success of
Hearing-impaired Amir Andi-Abdoerrachman who
got six CSEC passes poses for a photo with his
mother Sieudaye at their Couva home yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Pan On D Avenue 2 well into 'next morning'
were rejected, but remains hopeful this appli-
cation will meet with success. Minister Glenn
Ramadharsingh met with Amir and Sieudaye at
his constituency office in Freeport last Tuesday,
and told the family he will make sure the appli-
cation process goes smoothly.
Sieudaye said Ramadharsingh spent about
half an hour with Amir, and chatted with him
while she interpreted for them.
She said the office was filled with people
waiting to see Ramadharsingh that day, and it
was good to see a minister take time to personally
meet with people who needed help.
"He s reaching out to a lot of people."
Asked how Amir felt about the attention he
was receiving, Sieudaye said he was "his normal
self." She said she is looking into getting him
hearing aids so that he can begin learning to
"He s just living his life. He s a happy boy."
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