Expired: Love always for Laventille – Despers’ roots still ‘the Hill’

TT – Laventille’s pride Desperadoes Steel Orchestra will play Nailah Blackman’s Iron Love for this year’s Panorama.

This was confirmed on Thursday evening, during one of the band’s rehearsal sessions at the old government printery compound, Tragarete Road, Port of Spain.

The song, which features the Laventille Riddim Section, is essentially a modified version of her late grandfather Ras Shorty I’s Iron Man but offers a play on the words, I on love.

The song also laments crime and bitterness in the world, accentuating love and positivity.

A visibly elated Blackman was on hand to hear the announcement and mingled with players at the panyard.

Desperadoes’ captain Adrian Glasgow had earlier told Sunday Newsday the 73 year old band, which placed third in last year’s competition with Voice’s (Aaron St Louis) Year For Love, had six songs from which to choose for the prestigious competition, all of which have been ripping up the airwaves.

Apart from Iron Love, they also considered Farmer Nappy’s (Darryl Henry) Hookin Meh, Nadia Batson’s So Long and others.

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