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Published on March 15th, 2015 | by Peter Ray Blood Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

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‘All Stars deserves to win’

Legendary local musician Clarence Curvan has added his voice to the growing confederacy of supporters of Massy Trinidad All Stars winning this year’s Band of the Year title. Based in New York for several years, Curvan, who returned home for this year’s Carnival, lamented the dearth of “creativity in mas” in T&T Carnival.

Said Curvan, now aged 76: “I am in total agreement with the Band of the Year for the past two years. All Stars deserves to win, as it was the only band portraying anything recognisable. It is difficult to choose a winner when all the bands are playing the same thing, perhaps only different by colour.” An acclaimed T&T musician, Curvan has a deep and special affinity with the steelpan. His musical roots are deeply embedded in the national instrument: from being a pan player and steelband captain, he rose to lead one of this country’s top orchestras.

“I was born on St Vincent in 1939 next to a calypso tent (The Old Brigade),” said Curvan, “and, around the age of six, my mother and the neighbours would go to the calypso tent yard and peer through the holes in the fences. We enjoyed a night’s performance, so you could say I was nurtured on calypso and music. I grew up knowing all the popular calypsonians of that era, like Growling Tiger, Dictator, Commander, Spoiler, Spitfire and Lord and Lady Irie. This was the start of my experience in the calypso business.”

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