Friday, February 23, 2018

Phase II, Lydians in historic pan tune launch


IN MEMORY OF 'LADY PAT': Members of the Lydians sing a bit of the "Archbishop of Pan". –Photos: GARY CARDINEZ

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Management and staff of oil company Petrotrin along with pan aficionados, supporters and music lovers alike flocked to Phase II Pan Groove Panyard at Woodbrook on Friday for an historic event.

The launch of "Archbishop of Pan", arranger/composer Len Boogsie Sharpe's offering for Carnival 2012 in tribute to Dr Pat Bishop.

But this was no ordinary launch as it was the first time a choir of the magnitude of The Lydians performed any such pan song.

The event drew top of the line entertainment from Sapophonics (single pan) and Desperadoes, The Lydians and Phase II Pan Groove.

Attendees included Pan Trinbago's president Keith Diaz, former president Owen Serrette, Peter Kanhai, Gillian Bishop, Ray Holman, Dougie Redon, Brian "Bean" Griffith, Michelle Huggins-Watts, Noel La Pierre and Chantal Esdelle.

But the highlight of the evening was Andre White, the new arranger of Desperadoes. He has caused a buzz in the pan world since he accepted the offer to arrange for the ten-time Panorama champions.

The Lydians gave a great performance of a calypso medley before doing "Archbishop of Pan".

They were preceded by Sapophonics .

Desperadoes gave a great account of themselves with songs like "Ordinary people", "Greatest Love", "When Will I See You Again", "The Jammer", "In My House", "Let the Music Play", and had the audience singing with "Don't Leave Me This Way" before they finished off with "Can Can".

Host Phase II ended the evening with a beautiful set which included "Total Disorder" and "Do Something for Pan".

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–Gary Cardinez