This past week, the philanthropic arm of the Massy Group, the Massy
Foundation delighted steel pan enthusiasts and
Carnival culture aficionados with the premiere of the film “Souls of
Steel: A Documentary about Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra”.
launch event and screening took place at the iconic Little Carib Theatre in
Woodbrook, Port-Of-Spain and attracted a unique mix of past and present Massy
Trinidad All Stars players, supporters of the band, T&T cultural
stakeholders and members of the local film, entertainment and media fraternity.
hand at the event was Beresford Hunte, Manager, Trinidad All Stars Steel
Orchestra who thanked all attendees for their
presence on the momentous occasion and expressed his gratitude to the Massy
Foundation for its steadfast support of the band throughout the years.
Echoing Hunte’s excitement about the film was Gaston Aguilera, Chairman,
Massy Foundation who shared
his and the Foundation’s enthusiasm to be associated with ‘Souls of Steel’.
Souls of Steel which was directed
by regional film director and producer, Dave Cropper of Cropper Media Limited,
was commissioned in 2013 by the Massy Group (then Neal & Massy) in honour
of its 25th anniversary as the Corporate Sponsor of the Massy
Trinidad All Stars. Cropper artfully wove together a mix of perspectives
about Trinidad All Stars, its history, its achievements, its culture and values
and its journey in the 2014 Panorama competition, offering a multi-faceted look
at the famed steel band.
the screening the appreciative audience at Little Carib Theatre enjoyed
many interesting on-screen anecdotes from
players who reminisced on the bands evolution over the last 3 decades,
inspiring interviews with past and current members such as Leon ‘Smooth’
Edwards, Arranger, Dane Gulston, long-standing member, Jason ‘Stumps’ Lewis,
Operations Manager, Neville Jules, Founder, as well as classic clips of the Massy Trinidad All Stars’ past performances.
The film’s content also includes
footage from the band’s Panorama performance in 2014 - a contentious year for
the band in which they placed second to Phase II Pan Groove in the Panorama
Finals, missing the championship by only one point. This production was
timely as 2015 also marks the 80th Anniversary of Massy Trinidad All
recent launch event not only provided invited guests with a platform for
networking over delightful local delicacies and discussing the recent 2015
Panorama Semi-Finals which saw the Massy Trinidad All Stars triumphantly
topping all the competition, but it also gave a first look at what can be
deemed a true ‘piece of history’ about the 8 time National Panorama champions.
The launch and screening at
Little Carib Theatre was one of several activities planned by the band to
commemorate its 80th Anniversary throughout the year.
photos from the event at http://www.lime.tt/2015/02/souls-of-steel-screening/