For the second week end running pan-music lovers came out to West Port of Spain to enjoy the music of our national instrument during the celebration of the nation’s 51st anniversary of Independence.
The action was along Tragarete Road from Cipriani Boulevard to French Street where the Carib Woodbrook Playboyz Steelband hosted their annual event, Street Fest 2. The evening of music and mas began with the host band performing as they made their way along the route with several old mas characters in tow much to the enjoyment of the people who came out.
Four-time National Panorama champions, Solo Harmonites was among the steel orchestras that participated in the event, delivering a very good performance that earned them cheers from the audience. The Harmonites repertoire included; “Umbayo”, “Forward Home”, “Amor Amor”, “Night Shift” and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”.
As the Harmonites was ending their set at the French Street end of the route the San City Steel Orchestra began playing at the Woodford Street end and people walked back up the road to meet them. San City had a trumpet player performing with them and he was the featured lead in most of the songs they performed, which included; “Musical Horns” and “Bound to Dance”.
The action then shifted to the middle of the “musical strip” at Picton Street where SuperNovas started off with the Kess and Rudder 2013 song “Live You Life (Like You Playing Mas)”.
San City continued with; “You are Beautiful”, Kitchener’s “My Pussin”, Sparrow’s “60 Million Frenchmen”, “Du Du Yemi” and “The Statue.” People were singing along as the band played on eventually closing their session with SuperBlue’s, “Fantastic Friday”.
Another four-time Panorama champion, Exodus Steel Orchestra opened their set at the French Street end with “Bridge over Trouble Waters” followed by “Affairs of the Heart”, “Wanna make Love to You” and “Celebration”. At this time Invaders Steel Orchestra was already playing at the Woodford Street end where the people who were gathered were having a good time to songs like; “With a Song In My Heart”, and “Forward Home”.
Political leader of the Peoples’ National Movement, Dr Keith Rowley was seen in the audience enjoying Invaders as they continued their performance with “Sugar Bum Bum”, “I am Soca” and a very energetic performance of “Scrunter’s “The Will”. Invaders ended with “Say Say”, sung by Baron and composed by Winsford Devine.
Reigning National Panorama Champions Petrotrin Phase 11 Pan Groove had the people dancing and singing as they played their repertoire of popular songs attracting a large crowd to converge around them. There were then performances by several calypsonians including Rootsman, Poser, Scrunter and SuperBlue. This was followed by Pelham Goddard and Roots on a stage at Picton Street performing soca music sung by Nigel O’Connor and Moricia Cagan.
Then it was back to the steelpan music with the Witco Desperadoes, which began their set with; “This Melody Sweet” followed by “Music”. The band that has to date won the National Panorama title 10 times really got the people dancing with,“Ah Going and Party”
Followed by “I Doh Mind”, “The Cemetery” and bringing the evening’s activities to a close at midnight with “Rebecca”.
Starlift was already playing on the far end of the route by the time Despers was winding down their performance, but the Mucurapo-based band was only afforded two songs as the event had to end by midnight.