Meet Khuent Rose – Arranger, Composer and Performing Artist
Global – Khuent Rose is a scholar, an intellectual, brilliant, thoughtful and cerebral without being ‘disconnected and automated’. His immense musical talent is undeniable as he remains spiritually, historically and actively engaged in the steelpan musical genre. And Khuent is part of this new generation of young innovators in steelpan music who are charting an imaginative and successful direction while maintaining a deep respect and understanding for the titans who built this distinctive art form.
Hear his take on education, Panorama, the way forward, and Pan’s current state in this exclusive interview with When Steel Talks.
In this Close! Exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, here is the story of philosopher, practitioner and musician Khuent Rose in his own words.
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WST- “You said education, not politics, money, or cultural hysteria is the key to the progress of the steelpan movement. To explain.”
Pedagogue, arranger, composer and performer Khuent Rose
Khuent Rose – “But we made the other three more important. And what I realized was that we made the other three so important that we largely negated the need for education. It’s —- we want to learn to play, but nobody cares where the instrument comes from. We want to know — ‘Oh, that’s beautiful, that sounds good!’ [But] How is it done? That kind of – that kind of nurturing doesn’t happen, and what’s wrong with all of this is – when you don’t understand the genesis of something –”
WST- “So you’re talking from the historical point of view -“
Khuent Rose – “On this point – because the politics involved are very much based on this. The current policy is very racist; I’m not going to act like it’s not. Um – that’s racist. It’s racist for – it’s racist, funnily enough, not necessarily for blacks and whites – it’s sometimes racist just for nationality. Um – and we saw that. Or at least I saw it; I lived it.
Listen to a performance by Khuent, UpClose!
A musical tribute to Khuent Rose’s Mighty Shadow