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A collection of eleven tracks by pan-music artists, the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, includes Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed", Joseph Kosma's "Autumn Leaves" and more.
Laventille is the epicenter of the Steelpan, indigenous national musical instrument of Trinidad & Tobago. From foot to summit, its sound emanates and resonates throughout the land.
Desperadoes came into being in the early 1940s, and over the years through its various states and sponsors, brought tremendous pride to the Hill and music to the world. There was a time when it was commonplace for folks to trek that Hill on two occasions annually: first to indulge in Despers' Carnival music by night, the other being afternoon Lenten celebrations at the R.C. Church.
There was peace known to the hundreds who long-stepped their way up to the panyard, knelt from time to time along the pavements as they made their Way of the Cross or would simply stop, buy and eat along the way.
The essence of this story is about the other R.C. - Rudolph Charles - who instilled standards of discipline, hard work and fraternity that came to define the band's strength. During this journey, in 1965, began the steadfast support of the West Indian Tobacco Company - WITCO, a Phenom that would have continued until today, breached only by law.
Today, there is a determined resolve to initiate a resurgence of Laventille, to restore its pride and performance. The work starts immediately and is spearheaded by the return of Despers to the top of the Hill and sharing its vast repertoire with the world community.
The journey takes place in two broad phases, the first beginning with a return of all Despers' ensembles to their original home, giving up the recent itinerant life. Going back up the Hill prompts the return to great heights, literally and figuratively.
Building on the first step and the momentum that it is hoped, will be created, is the magnum opus - creation of a community youth organization that takes hold of the primary schoolers and guide them through to adulthood.
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|1. Musical Volcano|
|2. Bound to Dance|
|3. Autumn Leaves|
|4. For the Love of You|
|5. Come With It|
|8. This Masquerade|
|9. I Don't Mind|
|11. Different Me|