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We goin’ down Sando

Published: 
Friday, September 29, 2017

The International Steelband Foundation (ISF), which staged the successful The Big 5 concert at the Queen’s Park Savannah a few months ago, brings together three steelpan orchestras and heads down south to the Southern Academy for Performing Arts on Thursday, October 5 for 7.30 pm. Massy Trinidad All Stars, First Citizens Supernovas and the Skiffle Steel Orchestra are the elite steelbands chosen for the production billed as We goin’ down Sando.

Internationally known as “Hell Yard Boys,” Trinidad All Stars was formed on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain in 1935. After several name changes, the name All Stars was decided to represent the exceptional talent of the players in the band. Today the group is known as Trinidad All Stars.

Based on Duke Street, All Stars is famous for being the first to play classical music to calypso rhythm. The “Quatro Pan,” which is known today as the guitar pan, was created by All Stars and Massy Trinidad All Stars was awarded the Humming Bird Medal for its innovations in pan.

Emerging from Surrey Village, Lopinot in 2010, Supernovas is led by Amrit Samaroo. The band has become renowned for its varied repertoire of music including Latin, calypso, reggae, pop, chutney, jazz and classical.

Supernovas maintained its position at the top three of the National Panorama competition four years in a row in the small band category. In 2014 the band placed first in the Small Band category. Two years later, Supernovas had its “breakthrough” performance at Panorama 2016 and placed second in the Large Band category. The steelband’s strong sense of social responsibility can be seen in its involvement in educational programmes and community outreach projects.

Skiffle, the group that was formed as a Single Pan steelband, was founded in 1976 in Vistabella, San Fernando. This band won the National Single Pan Panorama on eight occasions and also placed first in the Pan in the 21st Century competition 2009 and second in the World Steelband Festival at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Skiffle has a well stamped passport travelling all around the world with some of its destinations being Spice Festival (Grenada); Commonwealth Arts Festival (Scotland); and, the Ely Folk Festival (Wales).

The ISF was founded by The Big 5 (Desperadoes, Trinidad All Stars, bpTT Renegades, Phase II in partnership with HADCO, and Republic Bank Exodus).

Tickets for We goin’ down Sando are available through the steelbands, The Big 5 and Atherly’s in San Fernando. For more information call Anne Marie Sealey (752 8735); Michael Marcano (678 5445); or, Ainsworth Mohammed (678 7106)