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Published on June 16th, 2014 | by Angela Fox

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Steelpan pioneer Anthony Williams ORTT will be celebrating his 83rd birthday with a steelband concert in his honor.

The gala event takes place at the St. James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St. James, on Saturday June 21, 2014, from 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Seven (7) of the “best of the west” steel orchestras will pay musical tribute to the Grand Master Tuner.

They are Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, CAL Invaders, White Oak Starlift, Carib Woodbrook Playboyz, Power Stars, Scrunters Pan Groove and Sapophonics.

Anthony “Muffman” Williams born 24th June 1931 is often described as a man ahead of his time.

When the steelpan was still in its infancy, Tony was able to design a pan with notes spaced at intervals of fifths, because the instrument’s surface looked like a spider web, Williams called it the “Spider Web Pan”. It was Tony who introduced wheels on pans for Panorama. He also has composed one of the finest pieces of pan recorded music when North Stars teamed up with the late Winifred Atwell in “Ivory & Steel”

“A dedicated steelpan player, pioneer, leader, tuner, arranger and composer, Tony has worked tirelessly in the pursuit of the steelpan. He will be remembered as one of the greatest ever in the annals of steelband music.”

In 1992, Anthony Williams received the Chaconia Medal (Gold) and later in 2008, he was presented with the Order of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago by President George Maxwell Richards.

The “birthday bash” is hosted by Pan Trinbago Inc. in collaboration with The Deputy Mayor of Port of Spain, Councillor Keron Valentine, and The Tuners’ Guild.

The public is invited.

Angela Fox

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