The decision to play the steel-pan/tassa and sing soca/chutney/calypso music in school is a parental choice.
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Flag women keep ‘em jammin’ still
“You have no band without a beautiful flagwoman,” sang the late Lord Kitchener in 1976 and 41 years later the flagwoman remains an important ingredient that flavours a steelband. Pan lore is replete with outstanding steelband flagwomen, like Mayfield and Yvonne “Bubulups” Smith, and more recently Valerie Greene and Ordelia Garcia.
At Sunday’s National Panorama preliminaries at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, flagwomen had a field day as they led many steelbands on stage during the marathon, 18-hour tri-category contest.
“A woman really have the touches to send you crazy,” also sang Kitchener, “woman wave yuh flag.”