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Published on July 11th, 2016 | by Gary Cardinez - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

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Pan celebration of Manning

That Pan Trinbago should have chosen Marabella for its Pan in De Countryside last Saturday seems to be poetic. Most of the people at the Marabella Recreation Ground used the event as a “Celebration of the Life” of former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning. Manning died early Saturday morning at the San Fernando General Hospital. It was definitively not a sad occasion at the venue.  A former panman himself, Manning as PM made the pan the national musical instrument (August 1992).

Pan Trinbago’s president, Keith Diaz praised Manning for his involvement in the pan movement.  “Mr Manning gave one of our past president, Sydney Gallop, a place to live by giving him a house when he needed one.  “It was he who made pan the national instrument and he was always close to the pan movement,” Diaz said. “I would like on behalf of the pan movement to convey sincere condolences to his wife Hazel and her family on his passing.” Minister of Community Development, Culture and The Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly was on hand to witness the sweet music produced by the steel orchestras.  Of all the bands on the evening, bp Renegades seem to have the best repertoire for the occasion. Their rendition of Sparrow’s “Memories” and Kitchener’s “The Carnival is Over” was perfect for the occasion and even had patrons dancing.

Renegades also played “Besame Mucho”, “Falling in Love”, “Fools Rush In”, “Carnavale”, “Wide Wide World”, “Somebody” a Kitchener’s medley including “Fever”, “My Pussin” and “Rainorama”, “Boots” and “Cheers to Life”.  At the beginning MC Michael “Scobie” Joseph asked for a minute silence in honour of Manning before Single Pan champions Marsicans began the show. They started with “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, followed by “Thinking out Loud”, “Sonita”, “Cheers to Life”, “Calypso Music” and “Say Say”.  Another champion steel orchestra, Arima Golden Symphony (Small Category) continued with “Isn’t She Lovely”, “Yesterday”, “Dancing Mood”, “Doctor Love” and “Cheers to Life”.  Fusion Steel followed with a mixture of vocals and steel and had the audience dancing and singing to “Long Time Band”, “Missing Generation”, “Nature’s Plan” and a Superblue medley.  The music was punctuated by dance routines from the The Neptune Dance Troupe and drumming from the Komasi Drummers.  Southern Marine Steelband Foundation got going with a “Fifth of Beethoven” into “Carnival Time Again” and “Human Nature”. Vocalist Derrick Hinds led the band with “Ribbon in The Sky” and “Ganges and the Nile” before delivering “High Mas”. Eight-year-old Malaki Joseph was superb on the drums during the session.

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