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The Bradley Years represent the definitive collection of steelband music arrangements and performances for a large steel orchestra. This collection showcases seven classic arrangements from the master arranger Clive Bradley.  Bradley is considered to be the best steelband music arranger ever by many, including his peers.  In addition, the arrangements are performed by one of the finest steelbands in the world, New York’s Pantonic Steel Orchestra. Clive Bradley had a very special relationship with Pantonic.  This orchestra clinched the title of panorama champions five times in seven years - performing Bradley’s musical works.  The performances were captured by Basement Recordings days before, and in one instance, mere moments before they took the stage for the prestigious annual steelband music panorama competition. 

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MEDIUM Steel Orchestra Preliminaries - South/Central Region - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama competition

January 31, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – respective panyards Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama competition:  Medium Steel Orchestra Prelims - South/Central Region bands.  Time:  7:00 p.m.  - Six (6) bands  |  Venue:  respective panyards, TRINIDAD & TOrganized by Pan Trinbago | Type: steelband, panorama, competition, medium, steel, orchestra


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 Trinidad and Tobago Steelband Panorama and Carnival Schedule 2017

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Complete Trinidad and Tobago 2017 National Panorama competition schedule. All rounds - preliminary, semi-finals and finals.
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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A unique playlist featuring only the music selected as Tunes of Choice for the Trinidad and Tobago 2017 Steelband Panorama and Carnival.
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 Pan Yard Addresses -  Trinidad & Tobago Steelband Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A listing of the addresses of steelband Pan Yards in Trinidad & Tobago - a breakdown by category, and in alphabetical order.
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Web Posted -Monday February 20,, 2017
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 Junior Panorama 2017 Steel Orchestra Results - ‘Committed to Youth Development’

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Three steel orchestras in three categories shone brighter, musically speaking, than the others, in the ears and eyes of the judges at Trinidad & Tobago’s annual Junior National Panorama. The orchestras performed at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on Sunday February 19.

Reigning supreme in the three respective categories were St. Margaret’s Boys’ Anglican School Steel Orchestra in the Primary School category, St. Francois Girls’ College Steel Orchestra among the Secondary schools, and topping the Non-Schools/Elite grouping was Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra.  The competition theme this year was ‘Committed to Youth Development.’
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Web Posted -Monday February 20, 2017
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 David Hall Gives A Young Steel Plan Player The Surprise Of His Life: A Full Scholarship To Attend UVI
2017 Junior Panorama in Trinidad and Tobago promo

St. Croix, USVI -  Kevin Williams, Jr. has been playing steel pan for a long time although the youngster is still in 9th grade. His talent sees him serenading incoming tourists at the territory’s various ports; he has traveled to Denmark to perform; Mr. Williams is a sought-after performer at many events year-round, and last year captured the territory’s –and the world’s — attention when he performed “Virgin Islands Nice” alongside Pressure Busspipe at the St. Thomas Carnival Village.

....But no one was expecting what happened yesterday, not even Mr. Williams. “I’m still very much in shock. I am so thankful to Dr. Hall and the entire VI community for the [love] and support,” Mr. Williams said. He was referring to University of the Virgin Islands President David Hall, who surprised Mr. Williams with a full scholarship to attend UVI during Mr. Hall’s remarks at the 2017 Agricultural Fair opening ceremony on Saturday, where the institution’s steel pan program, Mr. Hall said, although already robust, would be built around Mr. Williams.
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Web Posted -Sunday February 19, 2017
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 Ball Dropped on Junior Panorama 2017 Steel Orchestra Finalists - Missed Opportunity to showcase Youth to Live Global Audience
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2017 Junior Panorama in Trinidad and Tobago promo

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  It’s 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (9:00 a.m. local time) February 19, 2017. It’s the morning of the annual National Junior Panorama steelband competition in Trinidad and Tobago featuring steel orchestras from the primary and secondary schools, and junior steelband organizations from around the twin-island nation. Anticipation is usually high for folks around the world who cannot be physically in Trinidad, and so log on to the internet to watch and listen to these bands. It is the gathering of the largest number of the best youth steel orchestras anywhere, and they participate in their annual competition, showcasing both the awesome talent of the young pan musicians of Trinidad & Tobago, and the genius of the steelpan music instrument.

There is only one thing wrong. The Trinidad and Tobago cultural ministry forgot to ensure access to, or lacks sufficient interest in providing - an internet stream for the world to see these young musicians at their best.
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Web Posted -Thursday February 16, 2017
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 Tobago Region/THA Annual Steelband Competition

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  A new Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Pan Champ (Large) will be crowned tomorrow, Friday 17 February at the end of the annual Tobago Region/Tobago House of Assembly (THA)-staged steelband competition. The venue is the Parade Square in Bacelot, Tobago, sister isle of Trinidad.

Last year’s winner, Redemption Sound Setters, has opted out of competitions and as such the field is open in that category - but the band will be on the road on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
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Web Posted -Thursday February 16, 2017
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 Finals Order of Appearance for Small Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  When the 2017 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama Small Steel Orchestra Finals organized by Pan Trinbago gets underway way at Skinner Park in San Fernando, south Trinidad, on Thursday 23 February, defending champion Arima Golden Symphony will perform at position 10 in the musical battle, in its effort to retain the title for a fourth consecutive year.

Under the baton of arranger Terrance “BJ” Marcelle, the Arima-based band will perform Champions composed and sung by Winston Scarborough aka “The Original De Fosto Himself.”
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Web Posted -Thursday February 16, 2017
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 Junior Panorama 2017 Steel Orchestra Finalists - Committed to Youth Development

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  With the theme “Committed to Youth Development” in 2017, Pan Trinbago Youth Arm will co-host the Finals of the National Junior Panorama this weekend. The other entity is the Trinidad & Tobago’s Ministry of Education. The event is being staged at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, on Sunday 19 February 2017. Starting time is 9:00 a.m. Entry is free.

The finalists in three categories were selected after several days of judging at the competitors’ schools, panyards and communities. The orchestras going forward fall within the Primary and Secondary Schools, twelve and nine respectively, with fifteen in the Elite category.
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Web Posted -Tuesday February 14, 2017
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 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2017 Finalist and Ticket Information

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The first of two Finals, the Small Conventional Bands, takes place on Thursday 23rd February Skinner Park, San Fernando, from 7:00 p.m. This event is staged in collaboration with Petrotrin. Admission is TT $100.00 and tickets are available locally at the advertised outlets i.e. WACK 90.1fm, Atherly’s on Sutton Street, South/Central Pan Trinbago Regional Office, Park Street, San Fernando and PANVESCO, Victoria Park Suites, Park Street in Port of Spain.

Both the Medium and Large steel orchestras will have their eight minutes of glory at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on Saturday 25th February. Starting time is 7:00 p.m. Tickets for this event are on sale at the NLCB outlets nationwide.
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Web Posted - Monday February 13, 2017
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Semi Finals Results for Large Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  After an extremely long, eighteen-hour (yes, no mistake there) musical marathon on Sunday February 12 which hosted a total of fifty-eight bands in three categories of small, medium and large conventional steel orchestras - the large band participants came to know which of them would vie for the championship in their respective category come Saturday 25 February. The semi-finals began after 9:30 a.m. and ended the following morning - after 3:00 on Monday February 13.

....As transpired in the medium category, a tie changed the number of bands through to the finals. Skiffle and Starlift steel orchestras both clinched the tenth spot with 266 points, meaning eleven bands compete for the championship title.
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Web Posted - Monday February 13, 2017
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Semi Finals Results for Medium Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Defending champions in the medium category, Pan Elders Steel Orchestra, retain their lead position emerging from the semi-finals held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain. With this, the band is now squarely taking aim at its fourth consecutive championship.

Ten of the fourteen steel orchestras move on to the Saturday 25 February final-night competition. 
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Web Posted - Monday February 13, 2017
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Semi Finals Results for Small Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The final night line-up in the Small steel orchestra category is set for the 2017 Panorama season. With a tie (one among several), between Old Tech and Uptown Fascinators steel orchestras for fourteenth position, the number of finalists increases to fifteen instead of fourteen. The musical battle for the championship in this category is now ten days away - Thursday 23 February - and plays out at the Skinner Park venue in South Trinidad.

The small steel orchestras will have the night all to themselves, as a break in tradition occurred.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 11, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Liz Mannette puts pan on the (Google) map

Liz MannetteTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Elizabeth “Liz” Mannette was tired of getting lost. Setting out to visit a new panyard was always a wearisome adventure because she would often have to turn back when she could not readily find the location.

....It often involved walking in circles around the Queen’s Park Savannah during semis or finals attempting to find the band’s location before the big stage performance. In her search for a solution, Mannette realised she was not alone.

....For Panorama 2017, Mannette was encouraged to launch a mobile app to put steelbands and panyards on the digital map.

The new PanCrawl digital app aims to show the exact location of all T&T panyards on Google Maps.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 11, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

   Asami remembered on anniversary of death

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  One year has passed since 31-year-old Japanese national Asami Nagakiya was found dead at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

The young woman, who came to Trinidad to play the steelpan and take part in the carnival celebrations was found murdered on February 10 last year. She had been coming to Trinidad on her own for eight years, to play the tenor pan. She last played with PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars but, also played with several other bands, including the Woodbrook Modernaires and Desperadoes.

Last year was her first time ever playing mas. It was, unfortunately, her last time. Her death remains among a long list of unsolved murders in which police struggle to find a breakthrough.
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Web Posted - Friday February 10, 2017
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“Remembering Asami Nagakiya” - Codrington Pan Family honor panist with special video

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Global - Today, February 10, 2017 marks one year since the murder of Japanese panist Asami Nagakiya. In remembrance of this special musician, the Codrington Pan Family has created a video in her honor.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 9, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

   Panorama Explosion

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  In spite of the impasse between Pan Trinbago Inc and the National Carnival Commission (NCC), all lights are on green for the staging of the National Panorama semi-finals on Sunday for Small, Medium and Large conventional steel orchestras.

The bands will be vying for final places in the 2017 National Panorama semi-finals at the Queen's Park Savannah, from 9 a.m.

Yesterday, Pan Trinbago sought judicial review, heard before Justice Vasheist Kokaram in the Port-of-Spain High Court, to collect gate receipts for this year's Panorama.

There is precedent for the Panorama competition being on the front burner of court matters.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 9, 2017
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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for Small Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Putting their musical prowess on display at the Queen’s Park Savannah also known as “The Big Yard,” thirty small steel orchestras grace that stage in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on Sunday February 12 for the semi-final phase of competition in the country’s 2017 National Panorama competition.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 9, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

   Pan Trinbago, NCC reach compromise on ticket revenues

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Pan Trinbago and the National Carnival Commission (NCC) has come to a compromise in their battle over revenues from the Panorama competition.

During a hearing before Justice Vasheist Kokaram in the Port-of-Spain High Court this afternoon both parties produced a consent order on a lawsuit filed by Pan Trinbago.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 8, 2017
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Preliminary Results for Small Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The names of the thirty (30) semi-finalists in the National Panorama Small Steel Orchestra category have been released by Pan Trinbago.

Fascinators Pan Symphony and Our Boys both scored the highest points of 266.5 for their arrangements of “Unforgettable” and “Good Morning,” respectively.

All seven (7) bands from sister-isle Tobago are among the thirty qualifiers.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 8, 2017
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Renegades Steel Orchestra evacuated in France after bomb scare

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Paris, France - Seventeen members of BP Renegades Steel Orchestra were among hundreds of travellers evacuated from Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France, on Monday when security personal ordered an evacuation following a possible bomb threat.

The precaution became necessary after airport personnel observed a green suitcase lying unattended inside terminal 2A of the transport facility.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 8, 2017
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Pan Trinbago Says Every Cent Was Always Accounted For

Michael Joseph - Pan Trinbago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The present impasse between Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C and the Ministry of Community Development Culture and the Arts through the NCC, is very unfortunate given the kind of outstanding contributions that the Steelpan fraternity have been making towards the recognition and development of Trinidad and Tobago at home and abroad for over fifty years. Only people without a clear sense of history, and those who are deeply rooted in a slavish colonial mentality, will find satisfaction and pleasure in the destruction of an institution that have been able to raise itself from the dump heap of society to become world renowned, and received at home the Humming bird medal and the Trinity Cross. Yet, you hear calls from the misguided and uninformed few, to mash up Pan Trinbago and form something else.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 7, 2017
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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for Large Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A field of fourteen large steel orchestras will show off their musical talents before audiences and judges alike at the 2017 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama Semi-finals this weekend at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. Regionally, three orchestras hail from the East, seven represent the North, while four come from South/Central.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 7, 2017
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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for Medium Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Sforzata Steel Orchestra will appear first in this, its medium category, when the Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama Semi Finals gets underway on Sunday 12 February 2017 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad from 9:00 a.m.

Fourteen Medium steel orchestras will join thirty Small and Fourteen large bands in the “Savannah Party” for places in their respective grand finals, slated for Thursday 23 February (Small) and Saturday 25 February (medium and large), respectively.
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Web Posted - Monday February 6, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Full Extreme’
sung by “Ultimate Rejects featuring MX Prime”

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Global - ‘Full Extreme’ is a runaway smash for the 2017 Carnival season, performed by Ultimate Rejects featuring MX Prime.  There is even talk of potential Road March honors come Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

It is also the tune of choice for two ‘legacy’ steel orchestras for the 2017 Panorama season. Trinidad All Stars and Invaders steel orchestras, along with Merry Tones participating in the small band category have each selected the track in their quest for Panorama glory.
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Web Posted - Monday February 6, 2017
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Preliminary Results for Large Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Defending champs Desperadoes Steel Orchestra topped the preliminary round of the National Panorama competition.

The band playing the Carlton “Zanda” Alexander-arrangement of “Good Morning” accumulated 277 points, two (2) points more than the second-placed Trinidad All Stars (275) for their rendition of Ultimate Rejects’ featuring MX Prime’s “Full Extreme.” Exodus Steel Orchestra came in third place with 274 points for its performance of Pelham Goddard’s/Terrance “BJ” Marcelle’s arrangement of “Good Morning.”

As in the medium category, the same number of bands—fourteen—moves on to the semi-finals. Fifteen orchestras competed in the large group, with one - Genesis Pan Groove - not making that cut.
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Web Posted - Monday February 6, 2017
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Preliminary Results for Medium Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  In what has been a Panorama season which brought a complete change as to how the preliminaries were conducted, the Medium steel orchestra grouping maintained one constant from 2016; that being the number of bands moving on to the semi finals in the category.

Fourteen steel orchestras out of the twenty-eight which managed to get out of the gate, will grace the stage at the Big Yard at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, this coming weekend on Sunday February 12 in the next phase of competition.

The ‘change’ was the judging in the pan yards of the medium (and small) steel orchestras - instead of meet-ups at 'regional' venues.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 5, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Wah Yuh Doin’’
sung by Chuck Gordon

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Global - For the 2017 Panorama season, double National Calypso Monarch Roderick “Chuck” Gordon, has already performed ‘Rumble In The Jungle.’  That is the Panorama tune of choice for Supernovas Steel Orchestra competing in the large band category.

His latest work and collaboration is ‘Wah Yuh Doin’ - featured here, and written by Ray Holman and Fazad “Joe” Shageer.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 1, 2017
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Small Steel Orchestras in the Tobago Region Preliminaries - Trinidad and Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Seven small conventional steel orchestras in the Tobago Region will have their eight minutes of glory on Sunday 5 February 2017 before the judges in their category as the National Panorama Preliminaries get underway. The activity takes place at the participants’ respective pan yards.

Setting the vibes literally is Steel Sensation of Lucy Vale, Speyside with the Mark Loquan composition of the same name (Vibes).

Closing the evening’s proceedings is C&B Crown Cordaans of Canaan with their rendition of “Flag Party” composed and sung by Austin Lyons aka Super Blue.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 5, 2017
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New dates for the Opening of Panorama Score Sheets - Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago wishes to announce that the date for the opening score sheets of Conventional Bands in the National Panorama 2017 competition in all categories has been brought forward.

Medium and Large Conventional Bands will have their score sheets opened on Monday February 06, 2017 at Victoria Square, Park Street, Port of Spain, opposite Pan Trinbago Head Office, from 10:00 am.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 1, 2017
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Meet Sound Specialists of Laventille’s New Arranger - Rudo Forteau

Arranger for Sound Specialists of Laventille Rudo ForteauTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Young musician Rudo Forteau will be presented to the music world as the new Panorama arranger of Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille, tonight (Wednesday February 1st) when the band takes the spotlight in the preliminaries of the medium conventional band category of the 2017 National Panorama.

He fills the position vacated by Ken “Professor” Philmore who took the band to back-to-back victories in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 29, 2017
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Single Pan Bands - Finals Results - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017
Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony Wins Single Pan Title

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Global - In the first title up for grabs in a Panorama season which appeared at times uncertain to come off in the land of pan, Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony became Single Pan champions as they musically trounced the twenty other finalists in the competition.

With several ties along the way, the last year's dual-champions—Marsicans and Trinidad East Side Symphony—were both unceremoniously dethroned and had to settle for seventh and eleventh places, respectively.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 29, 2017
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Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service Makes Successful Debut in Single Pan for Panorama 2017

Terrence SealeyGlobal - History is being made at this year’s Trinidad and Tobago 2017 National Panorama Single Pan Finals on January 29 when the T&T Prison Service Single Pan Band performs, after making their inaugural entry into the competition during the preliminaries. With a complement of thirty players, arranger Terrence Sealey led the band on a successful preliminary performance. Performing Iwer George’s “Nah Do That” the band secured a spot in the Single Pan finals.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 29, 2017
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PRO Fails in His Attempt to Defend the Pan Trinbago Oligarchy Against Charges of Corruption

Global - Corruption (or whatever you call it) is part and parcel of the operation of Pan Trinbago and likewise many of the steelbands in Trinidad and Tobago. This is exacerbated by the absence of a legal structure for the operation of steelbands. As a result, the models of ownership of steelbands in Trinidad and Tobago vary from those which are (stated or not) proprietorships and owned by an individual, to those which are clearly corporations.

Several steelbands in Trinidad and Tobago fall into the first category. In some steelbands the owner may be called the “manager” “or “captain,” etc. In many cases the person who controls the money is the “de facto owner” of the steelband. 
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Web Posted - Saturday January 28, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Bacchanal’
sung by “GBM Nutron”

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Global - ‘Bacchanal’ is sung for the 2017  Panorama and Carnival season  by “GBM Nutron” also known as Jason Carter.  The track is the tune of choice for St. Margaret’s Superstars Steel Orchestra.

The band will be performing in the medium category with Shennelle Abraham as arranger.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 28, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Govt $$ for panmen

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Community Development, Culture and Arts Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly yesterday oversaw the distribution of cheques to representatives of steelbands from the four different regions at the ministry’s office in Port-of-Spain. Minister Gadsby-Dolly and acting Pan Trinbago president Richard Forteau spoke with reporters separately.

....The cheques distributed were for the support of 178 unsponsored steelbands to facilitate their participation in the Panorama competition and other related activities for the 2017 Carnival celebrations.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 28, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Judges visit panyards in north

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Judging in the panyards for Single Pan bands in the Northern Region continued last Wednesday night as the judges visited bands in Belmont, Gonzales, Cascade and Carenage.

First up was Belmont City Kids International with their rendition of David Rudder’s “Bahia Girl” followed by Nayal Hill SOM, performing a 2017 composition “D Journey” arranged by Tahira David.

Over on Agostini Street in Gonzales, Sheikers was awaiting the judges’ arrival.

Once they got there, the band delivered its rendition of Clive Telemaque’s arrangement of Swallow’s “Don’t Stop this Party”.

The song was well arranged but the players lacked energy in the execution.
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Web Posted - Friday January 27, 2017
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National Single Pan Bands Finals Set - Twenty-One Vie For Title - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - For the first time in a number of years, the National Panorama Single Pan Bands Finals will be held as a separate event.

Come Sunday January 29th, the sounds of steel from the “Pan round de neck/traditional bands” will resound at the Arima Basketball Court, in Arima, East Trinidad, as twenty-one steelbands will vie for bragging rights, the Pan Trinbago Challenge Trophy and prize monies. Competition starts at 4:00 p.m. Admission is TT $100.00, seating is anywhere.

This year bands proceeded from the Preliminary Round (no semis) directly to the Finals with Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony scoring 278.5 points.
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Web Posted - Friday January 27, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Donald & Hillary’
sung by “Crazy”

Edwin “Crazy” Young

Global - Edwin Ayoung or “Crazy” was born Edwin Ayoung in 1944, on Maraval Road in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

“Crazy” has already been heard from for the season on Oh God, Oh God, Gee Gee Ree, Pan Up There, Pokemon Blues and Selfie. So what’s one more, for the record? Here’s track number six, a solo effort as composer - Donald & Hillary.
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Web Posted - Friday January 27, 2017
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Conventional Orchestras - Preliminaries, Northern Region - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - More than 100 steel orchestras in the Small, Medium and Large Conventional Bands categories will perform their Panorama “piece” before three separate panels of judges at their respective panyards/theatres throughout the length and breadth of Trinidad & Tobago.

For the purpose of the competition, entrants may select and perform any calypso/soca or chutney providing that the selection has not been played by said steelband at a previous Panorama competition. In 2017, bands shall be permitted to play with a minimum of forty (40) players in the various categories.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 26, 2017
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A Message from Pan Trinbago

Michael Joseph - Pan Trinbago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C. is a social and cultural body, incorporated by an act of Parliament, Act 5 of 1986 that clearly states its role and function which is further enhanced by cabinet minute no. 2007 of August 7, 1997 - Arrangements for Carnival 1998 and beyond.

Suddenly, in 2017 leading up to the national festival which is Carnival, where the organization produces the national Panorama competition as is the custom, to be a major part of the Carnival, the government of the day through the Ministry of Community Development Culture and the Arts, and the National Carnival Commission (NCC), is hell bent on usurping the role of Pan Trinbago and the two other major interest groups in the national festival and the authority given to them by the acts and the cabinet note of 1998.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 24, 2017
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Jonathan Scales on the Road Again - UpClose!

Jonathan ScalesGlobal - The group Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is about to embark on an intense tour over the next two months that will end with a month of performing in Indonesia. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, panist Jonathan Scales speaks about his upcoming tour and musical projects.

He is arguably one of the most intriguing talents and talked about musicians to have chosen the steelpan as his instrument of choice. And in a relatively short time, the name Jonathan Scales and his music have caused some serious reverberation in the rafters of globally respected, listened-to, barrier-breaking, and of course - things make you go “hmm, hmm, hmm” while shaking your head. He’s a little older and even more wise, but he is just as daring and the flame is just as intense. As WST (When Steel Talks) first said many moons ago: Jonathan Scales is - and still remains -  “Ahh Bad Man.”

Like Andy Akiho, Leon “Foster” Thomas, and Andre White to name a few, Scales is part of that new generation of musicians continuing to create their music, their way without boundaries or barriers, while expanding the conversation and possibilities with the steelpan instrument.
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Web Posted - Monday January 23, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
Red, White & Black
sung by Damian Alexander
Carnival and Panorama 2017
 

Global - Len “Boogsie” Sharpe is an ace composer, musician and arranger. A world-renowned performer in his own right, Sharpe has received many accolades and awards including his country’s Hummingbird Medal (Gold) for his contributions to the development of the steelpan artform.

....For the 2017 Panorama season, he has composed ‘Red, White & Black’ with lyrics by Christopher Morris and sung by Damian Alexander. Phase II Pan Groove will be going for the title once again with his original composition.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 21, 2017
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Single Pan Bands - Preliminaries, Northern Region - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The 2017 Panorama season in Trinidad and Tobago continues with the Single Pan Band category in the Northern Region in the spotlight, unfolding over three days, January 24 through January 26, with twenty-six bands scheduled to take part.
The respective pan yards are the venues for the performances.

As has become customary over the last several years, the majority of the tunes of choice are none-2017 season selections.
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Web Posted - Friday January 20, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Sacrificial Lambs’
sung by “The Original DeFosto Himself”

Winston Scarborough aka “The Original DeFosto Himself”

Global - Winston Scarborough aka “The Original DeFosto Himself” usually writes and records a few tracks each Panorama season, and 2017 is no different. 

For the 2017 steelband Panorama season “De Fosto” is back with Champions, Mystery-Writer and Sacrificial Lambs, the track featured here.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 19, 2017
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Semi Finals Pricing - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Patrons to Pan Trinbago/NLCB National Panorama Festival Semi Finals can enjoy reduced ticket prices to the event.

After taking into consideration several economic factors, the promoters have reverted to its original price structure.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 17, 2017
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Single Pan Bands - Preliminaries, South/Central Region - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Nine bands are listed in this region and will be judged before a four-person panel at their respective panyards starting Friday January 20th with the first four bands while the next five will be heard on Saturday January 21st.

Three of the nine have opted for songs/tunes composed by Austin Lyons. They are Highlighters (“Fete”), New Age Trendsetters (“Nani Wine”), and Pan Angels (“Signal To Lara”).
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 17, 2017
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Single Pan Bands - Preliminaries, Eastern Region - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Nineteen bands affiliated with the Eastern Region will be judged as the National Single Pan Bands Preliminaries reaches its fourth day of competition.

Last year’s joint winners, Marsicans will play at number 10 on Sunday January 22nd, with Trinidad East Side Symphony performing in the last spot on Monday January 23rd, at their respective panyards.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 17, 2017
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RBC Redemption Sound Setters out Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The only Tobago steelband registered in the Large Conventional band category has pulled out of the 2017 National Steelband Panorama competition.

Marie Toby, manager of the RBC Redemption Sound Setters, said yesterday the band was in the process of dispatching a letter to their sponsors, RBC, informing them of the decision.

Asked what was the reason for pulling out Toby, in a telephone interview said: “The players are not coming out as they should. I don’t know if the controversy (with Pan Trinbago) that is going on have anything to do with it, but they decided that they are not coming out...they are not getting the vibes and what have you.” However Toby said that their players each got their $1,000 remittance, for the 2016 competition, last week, but stated: “In all the preparation, you got to have the vibes and the energy to go into competition.
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Steelband Music Panorama Info & Results of Trinidad and Tobago - 2016

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - All rounds - all categories at a glance... Large, Medium, Small, Junior and Single Pan Band.

Complete info and results for Trinidad and Tobago's Steelband Panorama 2016.  Check out the background story on some of your favorite steel orchestras and their arrangers, what selections they played, and more.
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Champion Panorama Tunes of Trinidad and Tobago

Panorama Champion TunesGlobal - A critical component to winning any panorama competition is the song the orchestras choose to use as the basis of their panorama arrangements. Over the years these songs have inspired classic panorama arrangements. When Steel Talks invites you to take a look at and listen to, these famed tunes which have played more than just a cursory part in the history of Pan, and the lives of the players and fans.
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Some of the most important, controversial, thought-provoking and enlightening discussions on the steelpan instrument, music and culture worldwide, have taken place over the years on the When Steel Talks “Message board.”  Considered by many to be a lightening-rod for change in the steelpan music community, the WST message board  has provided a means unlike any for steelpan enthusiasts to share information and communicate ideas.

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