Trinidad and Tobago: Know some facts about Pan Down Memory Lane and Pan

After a thirteen-year hiatus Pan Trinbago in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture and the National Carnival Commission, decided to revive the Pan Down Memory Lane and Pan in the 21st Century competitions

Trinidad and Tobago: Know some facts about Pan Down Memory Lane and Pan
Trinidad and Tobago: Know some facts about Pan Down Memory Lane and Pan

Trinidad and Tobago: After a thirteen-year hiatus Pan Trinbago in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture and the National Carnival Commission, decided to revive the Pan Down Memory Lane and Pan in the 21st Century competitions. The finals of both events were held at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, on Sunday, 11 June 2023.

Started in 1998, the Pan Down Memory Lane and Pan in the 21st Century competitions were the brainchildren of the late Pan Trinbago President, Patrick Arnold. These competitions lived up to expectations producing an electrifying event. Twenty-four bands, namely Gonzales Sheikers, Metro Stars, Marsicians, T&T Fire Service Steel Orchestra, Courts Sound Specialist of Laventille, Katzenjammers, Nutrien Silver Stars, to name a few, brought their energy to this musical showdown.

This innovation in pan, if marketed internationally, would certainly be a feather in Pan Trinbago’s cap. The Carnival Institute and Regional Carnival (CIRC) wishes to congratulate Chord Masters, the new Pan Down Memory Lane champions who performed “Frankie” by Sister Sledge. Their arranger was Andre White and band leader Richard De Corteau.

In addition, CIRC also congratulates the First Citizen Supernovas, the new Pan in the 21st Century champions and winner of the Patrick Arnold Challenge trophy. Their rendition in steel was Bruno Mars’s popular 2010 hit song, “Grenade,” performed under the guidance of arranger and band leader Amrit Samaroo.

The calypso chronicle was the late Calypso legend, the Mighty Terror (1920-2007). The year 1966 was truly a memorable one for the Mighty Terror (Fitzgerald Cornelius Henry), dubbed “The Man with the Golden Voice,” blessed as he was with a rich baritone voice. Terror was born in Arouca, Trinidad and began his illustrious calypso career in 1947 at the Calypso Palace Tent, Port-of-Spain.

The Calypso King Competition of ’66 saw the absence of the Mighty Sniper and two calypso powerhouses, the Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener who had declined to take part. This left the Mighty Bomber, Mighty Terror, Lord Christo, Leveller and Conqueror to battle it out for the crown. Conqueror was a clear favourite with the crowd with his two songs “ Dictionary of Local Terms” and “Civil Servants as Domestics.”

Mighty Terror, however, won the nod of the judges with his songs. “ Steelband Jamboree” and “Last Year’s Happiness.” His prize was $1,000. This decision did not find favour with the audience and was met with boos. This was to be the first and the last time that Terror would wear the Calypso Monarch crown, but over the years he continued to perform and was honoured in 1985 with a National Award, the Hummingbird Medal (Silver) for Calypso. Today’s photo shows a happy Terror crowned King and flanked by the Queen of Carnival Kay Christopher and Carnival Development Committee (CDC) Chairman, Senator Ronald Williams.