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Sando street named after panman

TT – A major street in San Fernando has been named after veteran pan arranger and bass pan player, Lennox “Bobby” Mohammed, 76.

Harris Promenade East was renamed after Mohammed by Mayor Junia Regrello today. A recipient of the Humming Bird Medal (Gold) in 1992, Mohammed joined Regrello to unveil the street sign.

“Mohammed’s story is an amazing one,” said Regrello, “particularly for those who were there in 1965 to experience the phenomenon when the pan side called Cavaliers, led by Mohammed, broke the glass ceiling playing melody mas.”

Social media did not exist and technology wasn’t what it is today, and San Fernandians, he said would have had their ears glued to VOR – Voice of Rediffusion radio – which carried the information. He noted that Panorama started in 1963 and was dominated by the major bands from Port of Spain until Mohammed and his band took first place. Regrello went down Memory Lane, remembering the first Panorama at Naparima Bowl, when steelbands had just 25-30 players.

Mohammed’s contribution must be understood, Regrello said, because it is a reference point, when the art form keep us in touch with the way TT has evolved over the years.

In 1965 the Guinness Company sought out Mohammed to sponsor Cavaliers. Mohammed’s story continued, he said, when in 1967 at St Joseph’s Convent, he teamed up with a singer named Ann Marie Baksh for a concert.

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