Invaders Steel Orchestra

As part of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival at Carifesta XIV, US researcher and author Ray Funk will present a celebration of Pan Pioneers who have passed away. This, free to the public, will focus on Ellie Mannette, Kim Loy Wong, Cliff Alexis, Pat Bishop, Ken “Professor” Philmore, Clyde Bradley and Dr. Jit Samaroo, several of who passed in 2018.

While the events are free, tickets are needed and are available on the Film Festival website.

The video work offers rare clips of interviews of these pioneers and performances by Invaders, Despers, Renegades and more. It will be presented twice this weekend: on Saturday from 6.30 pm at the Couva Joylanders Panyard and Sunday, from 4.30 pm at the Academy for the Performing Arts Room 1, UTT, NAPA, Keate Street, Port-of-Spain.

This latest endeavour is Funk’s desire to let his audience hear and see these pioneers of pan talk and have rare clips of pan in concert, festival, and on the streets at Carnival.  “I want to offer in this event rare performances of steelpan, but also let the history of pan unfold from the voices of the icons who contributed to its history,” he said.

The clips come from various films, television and private sources. They are primarily from Ray Funk’s own collection with assistance from Christopher Laird of Banyan Archives and Timmy More Visual Arts and Production.

Ray Funk has done a number of previous presentations for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival of historic film clips on Trinidad Carnival, calypso, pan and mas A retired Alaskan trial judge, Funk has been coming to this country regularly for over two decades primarily during Carnival.  He has written numerous articles for all three Trinidad daily newspapers, co-written books on Invaders and Northern Illinois Steelband, and been a Fulbright US scholar.