So my dad and I are having a conversation about music (big surprise) and Lord Kitchener came up. If you don’t know who he is, ask any Trinidadian worth his salt and he’ll tell you that Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) is the Grand Master of Calypso. I grew up listening to his music, at family picnics, on my dad’s records, and throughout the island.
A few years back I had to play a gig with a steel pan player and I thought that it would be perfect to play “Pan in “A” Minor.” Little did I know that One does not simply play one of the Grand Master’s songs. I ended up studying the song. Lyrics, melody, progressions, musicianship, it was nothing short of amazing. The more I listened to it, the more unworthy I felt to play it, and yet the more excited I was to try.
Years later I still haven’t worked out all the kinks in the song, but I love it so much I’m sure I’ve grown with it over time, and I’ve learned a lot through trying to master it. So hat’s off to Lord Kitchener, for helping make Calypso music what it is today.