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Published on November 10th, 2014 | by Mark Loquan

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Outta De Box

The song is the first collaboration between Seion Gomez and Mark Loquan, and Seion’s first step as a composer/arranger.  Seion had already arranged several of Mark’s songs over the years, so the collaboration was not an unexpected development.  As fate would have it, with both now on the opposite sides of the globe (with Mark now based in Australia), the two would venture in the studio, co-composing the piece  Outta De Box.  A reunion with the energetic Shanaqua, was also  not unnatural as she performed Mark’s offering in 2000, Passion for Pan.

The song lyrics by Gregory “GB” Ballantyne, captured the theme of going out of the box, stepping out of the crease with something new.  Most bands look for something different, some way to differentiate themselves, to do or say something new, to take some risks.  Here the team set out on a fresh melody and to take some risks.  One can even hear improvising in the bridge and the trumpet soloing at the end of the song adding to the difference from most songs offered for the Panorama season.  Junior “Ibo” Joseph produced the song, feeling the song as Outta De Box from the very beginning, with great vibes in the team involved.

 

Mark

(Left to Right : Seion Gomez, Shanaqua, Mark Loquan, Junior “Ibo” Joseph in the studio)

 

Seion Gomez Bio

Seion Gomez was born in the beautiful twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He started playing the steel pan at age nine and continued through the ranks.  While at secondary school, he participated successfully at the junior steel pan competitions and by age eighteen he was arranging for steel bands throughout Trinidad.   After leaving secondary school, Seion attended The  University of the West Indies and Northern Illinois University where he achieved his Master’s degree. Seion is a Music Literacy Trust scholar, and has travelled to many countries as a performer, teacher and lecturer. He has also judged numerous steel pan competitions both here in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad.

Presently, Seion works with the NLCB Buccooneers of Tobago and Solo Harmonites of Trinidad. He is dedicated to help raise the level of musicianship within the steel pan fraternity of Trinidad and Tobago and promote the steel pan as an instrument throughout the world.

Rachel Fortune (Shanaqua) Bio 

Shanaqua (Goddess of the Water) started her musical career at the tender age of fourteen (14) when she was lead female performance artiste with the now legendary Machel Montano’s first music band Pranasonic Express. Having “cut her professional teeth” with the band, she moved on performing under the name Rachel

Fortune, travelling, performing and spreading the culture of Trinidad and Tobago as far as Hong Kong.  Shanaqua is a professional recording and performing artiste who has also recorded with Jamaican artiste Lloyd Lovindeer and provide background vocals for a number of local artistes.  Her repertoire includes, Calypso, Jazz, Soca, Parang and Yoruba Spiritual Music.  Shanaqua has a number of recordings to her belt to date.

Mark Loquan Bio

2015 represents the 16th year, Mark is composing for Panorama.  Mark is also the Musical Director of the first steelband in Western Australia,  Perth Pandemix  which started in early 2013.  He has produced/co-produced works such as Passion for Pan album (2000), and the pioneering products of Pan In Education (2004), and Pan in Education 2 (2011).

Mark has produced several popular songs for Panorama, which have been performed in Trinidad, and across the globe in main pan events as well as in schools and universities.  Starting with songs like Glory, Passion for Pan, Fire and Steel, Identity, Frenzy, Colours Again, he has also collaborated musically with Amrit Samaroo, Edwin Pouchet, Ken “Professor” Philmore, Andy Shaefe, and for 2015 with Seion Gomez to produce songs like  Celebration Time, Hooked, Dangerous,  Surrender,  Calling Meh, and Vibes. He has also worked with a multitude of singers, writers, and performers and has enjoyed long term collaborations with Denyse Plummer and Destra Garcia over his musical journey.

Mark took a break for 2014 after 15 consecutive years of producing music for pan, but is back with music for Panorama 2015.

01_Outta_De_Box_Mstr.mp3


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