Global - The National Panorama in Grenada comes off August 11 in St. George’s, the country’s capital. Eight of the country’s most notable steel orchestras will meet once more as they match musical wits in this major annual steel band competition.
The country’s great 2012 Olympic hope, Kirani James, is the subject of the tune of choice “400 Metres” for Pan Ossia. The track is co-written by band owners Robert Cadet, Sr. and Burgess “Quako” McPhie. Cadet is also the arranger for the orchestra.
Defending champs Angel Harps Steel Orchestra will take the stage with gusto, intent on holding on to their championship title with “Carenage On Fire.” Their arranger James Clarkson penned the track, which features vocals by music veteran Edson “Ajamu” Mitchell. Angel Harps has won several Panorama titles over the decades, with three of those within their last nine years of competition.
Musical opponents New Dimension Steel Orchestra, led by arranger David “Peck” Edwards, can lay the same claim to Panorama fame in Grenada, also having won three titles in the last nine years of competition. Their last trip to winner’s circle was in 2009. Incidentally, New Dimension is this year’s Grenada Bomb Tune champion. Commancheros snagged two titles in the same time-period, followed by Pan Wizards with a single championship.
2012 Grenada National Panorama Line-up
|Play Order||Band||Tune||Performer/ Composer||Arranger||Tuner||Captain|
|#1||Pan Lovers||Come Back||Black Wizard/||Ignatius Bayne||Wilfred Harris||Raymond Thomas
|#2||Grand Roy Pan Angels||Pan Vibes||Edmund Calliste||Denver Mendes||Dejon Phillip|
|#3||New Dimension||When We Come Back||Godfrey “Soca Banton” Mitchell||Ricardo “Africa” Ashton|
|#4||Rainbow City All Stars||Sweet Sweet Sweet||Francis “Flying Cloud” Daniel
||Othniel St. Clair||Patrick Worrell||Richard Collier|
|#5||Angel Harps||Carenage On Fire||James Clarkson / Edson “Ajamu” Mitchell||Leroy “Malu” Stephen|
|#6||Commancheros||A Prayer||Edson “Ajamu” Mitchell
||Andre Greenidge||Lloyd Gay||Stephen Greenidge|
|#7||Pan Ossia||400 Meters||Robert Cadet, Sr. / Burgess “Quako” McPhie||Vaughn Walker|
|#8||Florida All Stars||Soca Instructions||Black Wizard/||Allan Gaskin||Michael Alexis||Martin Simpson
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