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Exodus Steel Orchestra release new music video - GOLD feat. Machel Montano, Samraj "Rikki Jai" Jaimungal, Karene Asche, Duane O'Connor

- Wednesday December 19th, 2012 - As the poignant opening chords are strummed live by the reigning World Steelband Music Festival Champions, Republic Bank Exodus Steel Orchestra, a sense of passion stirs the senses, filling Trinbagonian hearts with jubilation and memorable wonder, when the song is revealed to be a remake of the beloved classic, “Gold”, composed by the late Maestro in tribute to Hasely Crawford’s gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

For the four-time National Panorama victors and their multiple-award winning arranger Pelham Goddard, the decision to revamp this tune seemed predestined. With the nation celebrating its 50th Independence anniversary in addition to the fact that in 2013 the National Panorama Competition will also mark its 50th year, the timing was perfect for a golden commemoration on steelpan. 

Carrying us lyrically along this sonic bed of beautiful melodies are four musical monarchs who honour in song unforgettable milestones achieved by those heroes among us who have fulfilled their potential as golden contributors to our nation’s success.

Back to back Calypso Monarchs Karene Asche and Duane O’Connor, alongside Chutney Monarch Rikki Jai join triple crown winner, Machel Montano, in a cultural callaloo of talent that reveres both golden Olympians, Hasely Crawford and Keshorn Walcott, in addition to beauty queens, Janelle “Penny” Commisiong, Giselle La Ronde, Wendy Fitzwilliam and fashion icon, Anya Ayoung Chee. Also lauded for their remarkable sporting achievements are Brian Lara and Dwight Yorke.

Together with the live steel orchestra is an eclectic mix of musicians, arrangers, and producers, who all worked in harmony to breathe this song into being. Pelham, was joined by Kernel Roberts, Klase Gonzales, with MadMen Producers to conceptualize and develop the intriguing layers of music heard as they strove to keep the song as traditional as possible while still infusing fresh swings of today’s sound making this remake an instant modern classic.

This delicately sublime rendition of “Gold” will be performed by the Republic Bank Exodus Steel Orchestra in the 2013 National Panorama Competition, where they will vigorously seek to hold high the golden trophy on Saturday 9th of February, and can also be found on the Going For Gold album.


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