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New York Panist Set to Attend Prestigious Music School

New York - August  24,  2004 

What happens when you mix talent, beauty and intelligence? You get someone like Orisha John. The gifted young panist, scholar and musician is on her way to the prestigious Julliard School. Julliard is one of the most respected music schools in the world. When Steel Talks provides an exclusive interview with the busy teenager. Orisha is currently a section leader for New York powerhouse Marsicans Steel Orchestra.

Guided by her mom Hazel John, this multi talented young lady has been playing pan and performing since she was five years old.

click for full story >> http://www.panonthenet.com/spotlight/orisha/invue.htm 



Monday Morning Quarterback

Pissed-Off Pan Men

World Steelband Music Festival

postponed until May 2005

 

On the recently-postponed World Steelband Music Festival, purely from a business perspective:  it would seem to benefit all involved if Pan Trinbago was to convene a bidding process similar to that of, say, the Olympics, for example, as a means for securing a host/sponsor for the competition, be it a country, private or public sector investor.

Given the popularity of steel orchestras around the world, one would think that there should be an all-out "war" of sorts, with interested parties trying to out bid each other for the lucrative rights of hosting, financing, and even broadcasting such an event of international musical importance and participation.  Securing a host country, or investor(s) which are committed to the event, could ensure guaranteed full  financial sponsorship for the entire event.

If the this show from the "land of steelpan" cannot hope to generate this type of interest and commitment from a global perspective, then perhaps, they ought not to be thinking of exporting the event (to London, in this case) - and keep it at "home" - where costs appear to be more manageable...

What do Don King, Donald Trump or Harpo Productions (Oprah Winfrey's outfit), and the like, think about the event?  Were they approached, given the opportunity to make a commitment?  What about Sweden, Antigua, France, Japan, USA?  Were they given the chance to obtain exclusive rights to host or sponsor the event?

Unfortunately, despite the lack of financial guarantees such as those outlined above, Pan men and women in steel orchestras already committed sizable amounts of resources, time and money in preparation for what was to have been, the London finals of the 2004 World Steelband Music Festival, according to Sunday's article in the Trinidad Express by Terry Joseph...

B. Dell

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World Pan Festival put off
Trini bands furious

By Terry Joseph
Sunday, August 22nd 2004


Officials of top local steelbands vying for four available places in the final round of the third World Steelband Music Festival (WSMF III) are livid over postponement of the event, originally scheduled to take place in England during the week beginning October 23.
http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article?id=34614217


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