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​Pan in a Major Way

My name is Liam Teague and the steelpan made me whatever I am today.

I’m originally from San Fernando. I grew up in an extremely humble background in a very problematic area, Navet Road, near Pleasantville. Only as a teenager did I realise my family was “different’ from many others. I must admit I was somewhat naïve about a number of things. Though we didn’t have very much, financially, we were very close-knit. My late parents, Russell and Pearl, did their very best to make sure my sister, Audra-Marie, and I were happy. I have an older sister, Angela, but we have different mothers.
I met my wife, Lorena, in Panama, when I was a guest steelpan soloist and she was the principal violist with the Panama National Symphony years ago. No doubt, I was enamoured with the beautiful flow of her… viola technique! Honestly, after one concert, female orchestra members gave me “well done” kisses on my cheek. But Lorena had this not-so-subtle look in her eyes: her congratulatory kiss was not obligatory. I tell people she was unable to resist the Liam Teague effect. And she tells me, “Callate la boca!” Our Panama-born son, Jaden,, is 12 and our USA-born daughter, Jeida, is seven. We’ve been together for 15 years.
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​Pan in a Major Way

My name is Liam Teague and the steelpan made me whatever I am today.

I’m originally from San Fernando. I grew up in an extremely humble background in a very problematic area, Navet Road, near Pleasantville. Only as a teenager did I realise my family was “different’ from many others. I must admit I was somewhat naïve about a number of things. Though we didn’t have very much, financially, we were very close-knit. My late parents, Russell and Pearl, did their very best to make sure my sister, Audra-Marie, and I were happy. I have an older sister, Angela, but we have different mothers.
I met my wife, Lorena, in Panama, when I was a guest steelpan soloist and she was the principal violist with the Panama National Symphony years ago. No doubt, I was enamoured with the beautiful flow of her… viola technique! Honestly, after one concert, female orchestra members gave me “well done” kisses on my cheek. But Lorena had this not-so-subtle look in her eyes: her congratulatory kiss was not obligatory. I tell people she was unable to resist the Liam Teague effect. And she tells me, “Callate la boca!” Our Panama-born son, Jaden,, is 12 and our USA-born daughter, Jeida, is seven. We’ve been together for 15 years.
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