Exodus is one of the few bands who do not use a canopy in Panorama, the Canopy was invented by Berti Marshall to protect the pans from the Sun and Rain, it also creates a sound channel, in recent years bands have experimented with and with out the use of the canopy to see whatdifferenceit makes to the projection of the sound.
It should also be noted that the Exodus sets out there pans on stages of different heights,with wheels, they are the only band that has there pans arranged so you can see all 120 performers from any one pointin frontof the band.
Pat Bishop top Musicologist in Trinidad drills Exodus Steel Orchestra Panorama Night
The Steel pan is a beautiful creation originated in Trinidad & Tobago in the late 19.30′s and is the only orchestral family of acoustic musical instruments to be invented in the 20th century. With instruments ranging from low bass to high sopranos, all made out of the same raw material (oil drums) makes this invention a magnificent achievement for people of Trinidad & Tobago,
The People Of Trinidad and Tobago went through the struggles of being beaten up and locked up by the police for their love to develop this new musical sound.
The colonial rulers were against the beating of drums, singing and dancing, so they successfully brain washed many of the upper-class people of society to look down on these special artistic talents the African descendents carried. Strangely enough many of the people of the Caribbean and British born west Indians, Afro Americans still have strong elements of this kind of colonial thinking still embedded in there actions. Many times you have to explain to people that the Steel pan is a musical instrument that can be adapted to play any form of music.
View Exodus Panorama 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEvud_SU8zA
Description: Many woman take up the art of playing pan very serious
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