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Southern Marines and its social compact

Southern Marines and its social compact

Marabella-based Southern Marines Steelband Foundation is reputed to be one of the oldest steel orchestras in south Trinidad (and Tobago). Its longevity is linked to a quality that many take for granted…its innate sense of community. Southern Marines became famous for...

Steelpan led me right: Harris III

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Steelpan is everything. Steelpan was introduced to me at four years old. Other than my mother and father, the next thing to lead me in the right direction was the steelpan, and that the steelpan did. Every time I needed to make a right decision...

The steelpan is a cultural accomplishment: Murray

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Today? Steelpan? The musical instrument? It gives me joy. It gives me the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. It’s satisfying to look up into the audience, while playing and see them swaying, dancing or even singing along with the...
The many moods of Phase One

The many moods of Phase One

Phase One Steel Orchestra was founded in 1978 by Victor Phillip. At the start, however, Broad Heath School Steel Band was the given name and scores of children from other schools were eager to join. Citing the widespread interest, came the name change: something less...
Uni Stars on the rise

Uni Stars on the rise

While Laventille-based Uni Stars Steel Orchestra is still on the hustings for a major competition title, the band is clearly on route to becoming a household name. Hailing from the corners of McAllister Street and Old St Joseph Road, Laventille, the leadership of the...