TT – To the uninformed, Duvone Stewart can seem boastful.
Get to know him, though, and you’ll realise his apparent cockiness is really an affirmation of the greatness, he believes, he was destined to claim.
“I have always maintained a stance that I was born a winner,” an upbeat Stewart, 42, declared in a Sunday Newsday interview.
“I am living my dream and I am enjoying my dream and doing what I love doing best, making music and making people feel happy.”
As the ace arranger for BP Renegades Steel Orchestra, Stewart took the popular Duke Street, Port of Spain band, to victory with Voice’s (Aaron St Louis’) Year For Love, in last year’s National Panorama competition – a title it had last clinched some 21 years before.
As if that were not enough satisfaction, the Tobago-born arranger also steered South-based band Pan Elders Steel Orchestra to its fourth consecutive win with the late Samuel “Brigo” Abraham’s Limbo Break in the medium band category.
This year, in addition to working with his core bands, Stewart has taken on another challenge: arranging for the TT Defence Force in the small band category.
The Defence Force band was previously a single pan outfit.