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Congrats to Exodus on its winning ways
Posted By: HORACE DESORMEAUX
Date: Thursday, 17 April 2003, at 12:31 p.m.
THE EDITOR: Once again Exodus has proven to be the best steelband in the world after winning this year’s Panorama. So far they have won all competitions locally and also in Grenada.
They were winners at the Caripan Competition held last year. This show was held in Grenada to see who was the best band in the West Indies and other parts of the world, and Exodus was the winner. Then they were also victorious at the Steelband World Festival held here last year. I was born in St Augustine, and so was Exodus, so I am happy to be associated with these musical geniuses and hope they continue to grow from strength to strength. The discipline they exercise go a long way in trying to eradicate the criminal elements of many young people of today in this country.
Mr Ainsworth Mohammed and Mr Pelham Goddard must be highly commended for keeping the band together, and producing such beautiful music always to the amazement of the foreigners and also our local audiences. Miss Bishop must never be forgotten for drilling the band and bringing the music to perfection as only she can. I am sure the late Amin Mohammed and Neverson were elated when in their spiritual state they witnessed the Panorama victory and all the other shows in which Exodus was successful. Years ago I am sure nobody would have thought that steelband music would have conquered the musical world, but so it has. This innovative instrument has taken the world by storm, and we in this country should be elated because it was invented right here about 50 or more years ago.
Some people seem to believe that competition is not necessary, but if there is to be improvement, there must be competition. In cricket, football as in many other games seeking magnificence, there must be competition. If there is no contest the band would not stay together, and there would not be keen interest shown by players and also their supporters. I wish Exodus, its managers and musical directors continued success while continuing on the winning ways to which they are becoming accustomed, while maintaining discipline and keeping the youths together. The flagman must also be mentioned for his unique movements while dancing the flag. Continued success goes out to Exodus, the reigning steelband world champion.
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