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My name is Che Cedeño and I
played in all three of my pan side s
Junior Panorama Championship second
It takes me five minutes to walk
from home to Renegades panyard. I
could hear the pan from home in Quar-
ry Street. So I could hear if I m late
for practice. But I try not to be late for
You would think with such a
famous background---Che Guevara,
the great revolutionary---there would
be an exciting story to me getting
named, "Che". Not even close. My
mother had a penchant for unique
names. My older brother is Reese, but
not R-e-e-s-e, R-h-y-s. And my
younger brother is Chazaiah. All of us
have "h" as the second letter in our
name, including my mum, Sharon.
My surname is Spanish. Is more
pronounced, "Say-dane-yo" because
it has a tilde on the enn. But is easier
for most people to pronounce it as,
"Say-dane-oh". So that s what they s
do. Spanish last name, Spanish first
name, Spanish heritage.
My mother is a huge influence on
who I am, not just as a person, but
also as a musician. She s not a musi-
cian but it was under her decision I
went to Renegades panyard for the
first time. Honestly, I didn t want to
I m a middle son. In a sense. My
mother has three children. My father
has more, from previous relationships.
But, living as a family, I consider myself
a middle child.
My older brother has a different
father but we don t consider "steps".
Steps is for houses and climbing. We
have no steps: is your brother, uncle,
cousins, that s it! It helps produce a
lot of good times and generates more
affection and love within the family.
The middle child is always the
rebellious one. Is a hard position to
play in the family field. You not the
big one. You not the little one. So you
make yourself special by making your-
self rebellious. But, once everything s
hashed out, because of the love in the
family, the rebellious middle child calms
down a little bit.
I m doing a part-time certificate in
music at the university. Most days I
have classes, but they re usually
evening. I had two 10am classes last
semester that made my life a living
hell. Well, I had to get up very early
to reach to school on time.
Apart from the panyard, I really
wouldn t say I have an outdoors
lifestyle. But, as I get older, maybe
things will change. I try to be open
to new experiences. I could end up
hiking somewhere, some time. You
I started doing music when I was
eight with TAGS---Trinity All-Gener-
ation School of Music. But I didn t
like music theory at all. So I just
stopped. My mother sent me and my
brother to play with Renegades, practising for our
first Junior Panorama, which ended up being the
band s first hat trick.
Two days before the competition, my brother
and I got dropped. From that moment, I said, "I m
never getting dropped from another band!" And, so
far, I ve kept to that.
Renegades is all about family. Our captain, how
TRINI TO D BONE
No step programme
she portrays everything, is, "One person can t make
a band: is everybody working together who make
the band". Gay, straight, black, white. I know the
history and a lot of steel bands were [very rigidly
masculine, intolerant of gays]. Renegades particularly
so. But, as times change, people change. And, as
management changes, certain policies as well. It s
always a good thing to be more open to and accepting
My mother has always put it in my head that
each generation must do better than the last. So,
in the future, I definitely want a family. [When] I
could provide properly.
The best thing about playing in a hat trick-win-
ning junior pan side is, with the skill level I had,
I was a frontline player. The bad side is, when you
get large numbers of people like that together, some-
times there are contrasting personalities.
Trinis are happy people. Even in serious situa-
tions, somehow, we find a way to make a joke about
it. Some make jokes that go a little too far.
Trinidad & Tobago to me means so much: is the
birthplace of steel pan, calypso and soca. Is a beau-
tiful country. But it could be so much better if every-
body would get past certain discriminations and
understand how good we truly have it.
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