Blog Archive, May 2024

May 6, 2024

Godwin Bowen pumped up Pamberi when he joined those talented San Juan panmen. Together, they brought new energy from the East, the way the late Earl Rodney and Solo Harmonites did decades earlier. Bowen’s arrangements gave Panorama a fresh vibe. His music was expansive and held huge promise. His melodies were emotionally charged and often nuanced. Pan lovers knew early he was a gifted arranger, and, later, composer.

Bowen came to Panorama with a bold spirit, a head full of ideas, and an ambitious arranging style. His forceful arrangements were unique, with an easily recognizable sound.…