While Trinidad & Tobago rightfully boasts of hosting the world's most famous
national steelpan music event - Panorama - Antigua may soon be credited
with holding the first truly significant international pan music
event. "Moods of Pan Festival" is one of the premiere steelpan musical
events in the region. No winners or losers here. Just extremely
high-level entertaining musical performances by some of the best in
the business globally. Moreover, top steel band music
acts from the global community continue to be attracted to the event. This
year's event, held from November 25th-28th featured local, regional and
international steel orchestras and panists.
The Sixth Annual
"Moods of Pan" held in the beautiful Caribbean island of
Antigua is easily one of the better produced steelpan music events.
When Steel Talks
traveled to Antigua to check out the event now in its sixth year. We were not disappointed
we found, saw and experienced.
When Steel Talks arrived on the
second day of the four-day event. Performing this year were steel
New York's Women In Steel,
Trinidad's Renegades, Grenada's New Dimension, United Kingdom's
Mangrove, Antigua's Harmonites, Halcyon and Gemonites.
Also originally slated to perform
were Andy Narell and Calypsociation from France. Unfortunately due to
traveling logistics, the festival's promoters were unable to pull
that off. In addition, soloist Joy Lapps from Toronto, Dane Gulston &
Arturo Tappin were among many other
When Steel Talks was able to closely observe this production from the
vantage point of the audience, artists, sponsors and promoter. What
we saw was an operation that moved relatively smoothly and
professionally - devoid of the unnecessary drama sometimes associated
with steelpan music events... The Moods of Pan Festival has
clearly galvanized the enthusiasm and support of the global steelpan
community. Our compliments to Gemonites Steel Orchestra, the Antiguan government and
Antiguan people for organizing this successful and special event.