TT – Steelband arranger Lennox “Bobby” Mohammed, the first man of East Indian descent to win the coveted national Panorama title, has died at the age of 78.
Mohammed, who was suffering from kidney failure, died at 2 am on Tuesdayat the San Fernando General Hospital . Only days before Pan Trinbago made an appeal for blood on his behalf
He was the first and only one of two men to bring the coveted national Panorama title to San Fernando in 1965 and 1967 with the unknown Guinness Cavaliers Steel Orchestra.The late Steve Achaibar, the last arranger to bring Panorama glory to San Fernando through Hatters Steel Orchestra in 1975, was a student of Mohammed.
In its Facebook page, Pan Trinbago recalled Mohammed, who was introduced to pan at age 15, described himself as an innovator and trendsetter in that he was the first person of East Indian descent to succeed at the highest level as an arranger.
It recalled him as saying that in the early days steelbands were dominated mainly by Afro-Trinidadians from Port of Spain, so it was a surprise and shock when his relatively unknown south band won Panorama titles.
News of his death was met with glowing tributes from the public and steelband community as they recalled his outstanding contribution to the culture of Trinidad and Tobago.