UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Ray Holman recordings (Best of Ray Holman), 1999

Overview of the Collection

Holman, Ray, 1944-
UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Ray Holman recordings (Best of Ray Holman)
2 audiotapes  :  EC - 2 audio cassettes (Type II, stereo); Duration: 1:30:00
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Cassette given to Archives by Ray Holman; compilation of published recordings.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ray Holman (1944-) is a composer, teacher, and steel drum performer from Trinidad. At age 13, he began playing pan with the Invaders Steelband, which was then led by pan tuner Ellie Mannette. Seven years later, he became the youngest musician to win the solo Ping Pong competition at the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival--a Ping Pong is a type of tenor pan. He is known for his innovative steelband arrangements and his beautiful calypsos. He has performed his music with artists from around the world and has earned international acclaim. Holman is also known for teaching workshops on the percussive arts at universities such as California State University, Humboldt State University, and the University of Washington.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Performer: Ray Holman/steel drum; Starlift/steel drum; Pandemonium/steel drum; Drupatee/vocals; Merchant/vocals; De Alberto/vocals; Susan Romeo/vocals; Second Image/vocals/Steve Sealey/vocals; Karissa Lewis/vocals.


Tape 1: Pan; Jam It with You; Plenty Loving; Pan in Mih System; Pan Woman; Special Brew; Groove Baby; Steelband Paradise; Life's Too Short; Carnival Is for Woman; My Band; Rock Yuh Panman; I'd Be a Fool for Rachmaninov; Uptight; Pan Right On; Socking It with Steel; Uncle Albert Learns to Cook.

Tape 2: O Trinidad (with Karissa Lewis/vocals)

Documentation: Photo-copy of the contents written on the original tape.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Steel Pan
  • Steel bands (Music)

Geographical Names

  • South/Latin America
  • Trinidad