TT – The big 40 is a momentous occasion in the life of any person or thing. But popular steelband Republic Bank Exodus Steel Orchestra’s 40th anniversary was a quiet one, muted by the covid19 pandemic.The band’s manager, Ainsworth Mohammed, said a concert had been planned, but with the pandemic currently raging through TT, that was cancelled. “The anniversary, the formal date that we recognise is May 3.
“What we had planned was a small concert using the numbers that was available at the time, which was 25. “That is now off completely. We are not doing anything now except that we are planning for the International Pan Ramajay and that has also been postponed because of the numbers,” he said.Mohammed said the ensemble required for Pan Ramajay is six to eight people, and with the number now being down to five in the current health regulations, that event was also postponed for the time being.The International Pan Ramajay competition was held virtually last year. So the band is focused, for now, on upgrading its facilities at the panyard. And when the health restrictions are relaxed or lifted, the band plans to restart its activities even stronger, Mohammed said. “And maybe later on in the year do the concert that was planned,” he said. The Tunapuna band’s history is documented on sites such as thebestoftrinidad.com.