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Web Posted - Wednesday February 10, 2016
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Joey Lewis, A Musical Trail-Blazer

by Les Slater
 

Legendary musician, the late Joey LewisGlobal - ...The term “icon” is tossed around much too loosely in our culture. Happily, it was not wasted on Joey Lewis, a giant of a musical presence not only in his native Trinidad and Tobago, but throughout the Eastern Caribbean, ever since he became a bandleader while still in his teens in the mid 1950s. After ailing for some time, the giant would walk no more as of the early morning of Monday, February 8, 2016. One might note somewhat of a sense of cosmic correctness, perhaps, in his adieu, at age 78, coming shortly before the J’Ouvert celebration that ushered in Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, Carnival having been one of the Lewis orchestra’s annual music-making arenas, before he withdrew from Carnival involvement some years ago.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 9, 2016
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When will the persecution of Pan Trinbago Inc. cease?

by Michael L. Joseph
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Gary G. Aboud of Port of Spain says that he is a lover of Pan, but Pan Trinbago does not have the skill and efficiency to manage $34 million dollars in prize money that the government contributes toward Steelbands, participation in the national festival.

This malicious person went on to say, that the Sunday of the National Panorama Semi finals, the place was packed to capacity and that persons were selling stolen tickets outside the gates for half the price and he demands to know how many tickets were sold by Pan Trinbago.

This malicious lover of Pan went on to allege that Pan Trinbago is a FIFA type secret society in T&T and that not one of these officials have anything of substance to show. The persecution seems to go on and on!
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Web Posted - Monday February 8, 2016
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Despers Does It

Clinical Despers clinch 2016 Panorama title
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - .After sixteen barren years, fans of Desperadoes were yesterday savouring sweet victory as the panmen from the Laventille Hills snatched the 2016 National Panorama crown with a clinical musical display at the finals on Saturday at the Queen’s Park Savannah. Despers extended its lead as the number one Panorama Steel Orchestra in the world with its 11th Panorama title.

At about 1.42 am, playing in position nine out of ten, the band performed a distinctly Despers musical arrangement of ‘Different Me’ as arranged by Carlton Zanda Alexander.

The players had a wonderful start and from there it was just magical. After the introduction Zanda came through the bass on the eastern side of the stage to take up his position in front of the band.
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Web Posted - Monday February 8, 2016
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‘Different Me’ snatches $1million prize

First Citizens Supernovas placing second with their performance Breakthrough by Roderick Gordan Chuck Gordon for the judges at the National Panorama Finals Saturday night at the Queen’s Park Savannah
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....Desperadoes Steel Orchestra ended a 15-year drought of Panorama wins on Saturday night when it captured the 2016 National Steelband Panorama title and $1million prize at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.

Playing a Carlton “Zanda” Alexander arrangement of Different Me, composed by Jovan James and sung by 5 Star Akil, the band from the hills of Laventille registered its eleventh victory at the 53rd edition of the annual steelband contest presented by Pan Trinbago by amassing a score of 285 points.

The last time Desperadoes won a Panorama title was in 2000 playing a Clive Bradley’s arrangement of Oba Sinnette’s Picture On My Wall.
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Web Posted - Monday February 8, 2016
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Pan Elders tricks ‘em
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - South-based band Pan Elders, for the third consecutive year, won the Medium Band category of the National Steelband Panorama Finals on Saturday at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

They were the first band on stage on the night. They came dressed in all white with three green sashlike stripes across their shirts and looking hungry for victory.

Arranger Duvonne Stewart had the players do wrist exercises and upbeat chants before they started to deliver a musical treat to the crowd. The band executed a fantastic arrangement of Leston Paul’s “We Eh Fighting”, sung by Errol “Bally” Ballantyne.
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Web Posted - Monday February 8, 2016
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Finance Minister advises, no VAT on pan
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Steelband instruments are one of several items which will not be subject to the revised Value Added Tax (VAT) regime. This was revealed in a special notice published by the Finance Ministry in the name of Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

Referring to the VAT (Amendment to Schedule 2) Order 2016, the ministry said, “This schedule identifies items that are zero-rated. Any item which has not been identified on this schedule is subject to VAT at the rate of 12.5 percent.” Among the items which do not attract the new VAT rate are steelband instruments, listed as number 29 in the notice.
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Web Posted - Monday February 8, 2016
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The Best Finally Arrived

by Dalton Narine
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....Beverly Griffith proved (and rightly so), that the arranger is largely responsible for the Despers sound, not necessarily the galaxy of tuners that the late Rudolph Charles inveigled to come up Laventille Hill to keep him company. So it is befitting that, 30 years after his death, Desperadoes has won its eleventh title, having been stuck on No. 10 for sixteen years.

....Despers’ manager Curtis Edwards can now make a deductive argument: We have set ourselves a difficult task, but we'll succeed if we persevere, and players will find joy in overcoming obstacles.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 7, 2016
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After 16-year wait... Despers wins Panorama
 

CELEBRATION TIME: Desperadoes captures the 2016 National Panorama (Large) title

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....On Saturday, Despers sent the crowd wild with their performance in position nine. It was not as flashy as those of other bands, but offered great musicianship and excitement. Alexander had taken the tempo up and added in several new elements, which included lines that took the audience back to vintage Desperadoes style and riffs reminiscent of Clive Bradley.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 7, 2016
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SKN Players Help Supernovas Nab 2nd Place At Panorama
 

MJ Byron, Omandy Byron and Kazrano Gumbs

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Three steel pan musicians have helped a small-town steel orchestra in Trinidad defy the odds and take second place in the 2016 Panorama Competitions on Saturday night.

MJ Byron, Omandy Byron and Kazrano Gumbs played with Supernovas, and narrowly missed the top spot by one point. The band also won the People’s Choice Award.

According to Gumbs the three of them have been participating in Antigua’s Panorama since 2008 with Mahico stars and the Gemonites Steel Orchestra.

Last year some musicians from Supernovas played with Gemonites for Panorama and were so impressed with the three young men that invited them to play with them in Trinidad.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 7, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

$1.2m to host Dimanche Gras
 

Carnival 2016 logo - Trinidad & TobagoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - $1.2 million.

That’s the cost to host tonight’s Dimanche Gras show at the Queen’s Park Savannah. This figure excludes the $1 million that will be awarded to the Calypso Monarch.

Confirmation came from chairman of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) Kenny De Silva.

NCC is Carnival’s governing body. “I am happy to report that we did not exceed the budget for the show,” De Silva said.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 7, 2016
Trinidad Express Newspapers

Despers Reborn*

Laventille steelband reclaims Panorama title after 16 years
 

NOBODY BADDER DAN WE’: A player from Panorama champions Desperadoes Steel Orchestra shows his emotions during the finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on Saturday night

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - After a 16-year wait and with a new arranger leading them, Desperadoes Steel Orchestra at 2.55 a.m. yesterday captured their 11th National Panorama Championship (Large Conventional Band category).

Supporters of the band from the hills of Laventille rejoiced when the results were announced at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 7, 2016
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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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Web Posted - Sunday February 7, 2016
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Finals Results - Large Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016 - Desperadoes Steel Orchestra and Arranger Carlton “Zanda” Alexander Win!
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Chaos and Jubilation reigned as Desperadoes Steel Orchestra with their new arranger Carlton “Zanda Alexander,” was declared 2016 National Panorama champion of Trinidad & Tobago, edging out its nine challengers in the process. With this feat, Desperadoes maintains its record of the most Panorama wins in the history of the competition, now with eleven titles to their name. They last won in 2000 with the late master arranger Clive Bradley.

Newcomer to the large band category—moving up from that of small—Supernovas Steel Orchestra with arranger Amrit Samaroo, was also triumphant coming in second, leaving behind other previous champions such as Renegades, Phase II Pan Groove, Silver Stars and 2015 winners Trinidad All Stars, the latter slipping to sixth position overall.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 7, 2016
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Finals Results - Medium Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016 - Pan Elders and Duvone Stewart Make It Three In A Row
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Elders Steel Orchestra and arranger Duvone Stewart make it a hat-trick, copping the championship in the medium category for Panorama 2016 in Trinidad & Tobago. Also holding fast to their second placing of last year, were Buccooneers from the sister isle of Tobago. Pan Elders also fielded off contenders in both the preliminary and semi-final stages of competition. Tobago was ably represented in this category through five of the ten finalists.
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Web Posted - Friday February 5, 2016
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Final Results of Single Pan Band - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Marsicans and Trinidad East Side Symphony wins the 2016 Single Pan Panorama competition.
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Web Posted - Friday February 5, 2016
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Trinidad All Stars Says “Leave We Alone” - They’ve Got Championship Business to Attend to at Panorama Finals 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Coming out of the semi finals they found themselves tied for third position as part of an all-world cast of distinguished competitors with a score of 271 and vying for the 2016 Panorama championship. But this is not just another contender. Their name is Trinidad All Stars. A name that reverberates around the world and denotes - champions, professionalism, history and confidence. Oh, and by the way they are the defending champions.

The tune of choice for Trinidad All Stars is “Leave We Alone” written by Clive Telemaque, who is a veteran player in the orchestra. And their musical director is champion arranger Leon “Smooth” Edwards. While “Leave We Alone” is a partially humorous tune delivered with tongue-in-cheek witticism - it does speak to the real challenges and jealousies the franchise has experienced in part because of its winning pedigree.
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Web Posted - Friday February 5, 2016
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Final Results of Small Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Arima Golden Symphony wins the Small Orchestra Panorama 2016 title, and in doing so, together with no doubt happy and proud champion arranger Terrance “BJ” Marcelle, racks up seven championships in the last eight annual competitions, having had the title wrested from them only in 2014, courtesy of then-small steel orchestra Supernovas. Playing ‘D Greatest Invention’ by The Original De Fosto Himself, Arima Golden Symphony has undoubtedly proven itself the greatest ‘small steel orchestra’ in the twelve-year history of the category.

Three weeks after the respective small steel orchestra preliminary rounds, stiff competition left room for only the ten best out of an initial field of fifty-one to take the stage on finals night on February 4th at Skinner Park in south Trinidad.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 4, 2016
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Phase II Pan Groove Steel Orchestra in Panorama Finals with Madd Genius, Madd Skills, Madd Players and Madd Music
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It is said with age comes wisdom - a greater understanding about the world, life and what one is about - mixed in with a heavy dose of fewer inhibitions. The result is an amalgamation of life lessons and experiences for a singular purpose that define you. Interlock that wisdom and experience with the musical genius of Len "Boogsie" Sharpe through the sheer competence of Phase II Pan Groove, and you have the facility for magical moments in music.

....Phase II ain't nothing but a bunch of madd men and madd women led by the maddest arranger the world has ever known, performing the music of Trinidad and Tobago . Be afraid, be very afraid.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 3, 2016
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Different Me - ‘Nobody Badder Dan We’ - Desperadoes Steel Orchestra Ready for Panorama Finals
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The legendary Desperadoes Steel Orchestra have got their swagger back. And they are letting everyone know that we are about to experience a transformed Desperadoes. And yes, for Panorama 2016 "Different Me" is the operative descriptive for the musical juggernaut.

Embracing a host of significant changes for a franchise that has been steeped in tradition, resistant to change and locked in the "Desperadoes way" - is, for lack of a better word, very "different" - maybe even shocking.

....The move to switch from long-time champion arranger Robert Greenidge and give the musical directive reins to “Zanda” sent shockwaves through the steelpan music continuum that were felt globally.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 2, 2016
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“Like a Supernova Exploding in Front of Me” - A Meeting With Panorama Destiny - Supernovas Steel Orchestra
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Like their name implies, this part of the tale was set in motion long ago and foretold by the stars. And one thing is for sure, like an exploding star, we all saw them coming.

When Supernovas Steel Orchestra takes the stage at the 2016 Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama finals to meet their destiny, they will be carrying the hopes and dreams of not only a community, but that of supporters from all over the world. Armed with the massive talent of their players and a steadfast commitment to hard work, sacrifice and excellence by all involved - the success of the franchise has been phenomenal.
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Web Posted - Monday February 1, 2016
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Final Night Order of Appearance for Medium Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The upcoming weekend is full of steelband performances for pan music lovers, including those of the ten medium steel orchestras in the home stretch in the final night of competition, each determined to be crowned champion in the category. With title-holders Pan Elders out front, look for the other nine contenders out of the semi-finals, to be hot on their heels to dethrone them, all in musical pursuit of the crown.
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Web Posted - Monday February 1, 2016
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Final Night Order of Appearance for Large Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - After quite a short runaway for the 2016 Panorama season giving rise to some intense weeks of practice, for the ten best large steel orchestras in Trinidad & Tobago, the end is finally in sight. With the first of two South/Central bands—Fonclaire Steel Orchestra—kicking off the most impassioned phase—final night—in the large category this weekend, Saturday February 6, the other equally-determined nine bands will deliver what is expected to be lots of scintillating and exhilarating steelband music as each vies for the coveted title of National Panorama champion 2016.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 31, 2016
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Junior National Steelband Panorama Finals - Results - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It's hats off and congratulations to the three sets of winners—steel orchestras and respective arrangers—in their categories in Trinidad & Tobago's 2016 Junior National Panorama competition. The junior musical steelband festival came off Sunday January 31 at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.

.Tacarigua Presbyterian with arranger Keva-Ann Blackman (Primary Schools) - St. Joseph's Convent, St. Joseph (Secondary Schools) led musically by arranger Anders Kappel Øvre, and Renegades Youth (21 & Under) with their champion arranger Andrew Charles - all tasted the sweetness of success for 2016. For Charles and Renegades Youth it was an extremely special occasion, having achieved a hat trick together, the collaboration copping the championship title for the third year in a row, 2014 and 2015 being their time as well.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 30, 2016
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The Love Doctor of Pan & Pan Elders set to Make Panorama History
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Right-on, Right-on, Right-on. Yea! It’s the ‘Love Doctor’ of Pan doing his thing. No doubt. It’s a love thang...
Watching arranger Duvone Stewart conduct his champion orchestra Pan Elders leaves nothing to the imagination. Outstanding music, deft musicianship and a stellar presentation on a world stage.

....Duvone is obviously very conscious that Panorama is a real-time reality musical enclosed in a party environment where the audience is both an interactive participant and viewer. You’ve got eight minutes to bring joy to the audience, judges and the camera - in addition to making them fall madly in love with you - ‘live’ in house, or whether they are watching on a iPhone or just listening on the radio. Pan Elders is wildly successful.
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Web Posted - Friday January 29, 2016
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Southern dreams with a Northern attitude - The Three Amigos from the Big Apple Head to the Panorama Finals with Skiffle Steel Orchestra
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoGlobal - One thing is for certain this year at the 2016 Panorama Finals in Trinidad and Tobago; after Skiffle performs the structural integrity of the big stage and the North Stands will have to be checked. No doubt this big band from south, will have the Queen’s Park Savannah rocking on Panorama Finals evening. If the recently-concluded semi finals has taught us anything, it is that Skiffle under the musical directive of Odie Franklin, Marc Brooks and Kendall Williams is going to have much fun, enjoy themselves, and put down a performance that will let everyone know their contention for the title is as serious as a heart attack.

It’s been over 40 years since an orchestra from southern Trinidad has won the national Trinidad and Tobago Panorama championship. Hatters Steel Orchestra under the musical leadership of Steve Achaiba secured that top honor in 1975. Since then the ‘winning’ drought has been both significant, poignant and weighs heavily in the minds and hearts of the southern steelpan region, its players and supporters. Maybe this is the year the suffering ends. You never know. However, one thing that is certain: the field has never been more crowded with bona fide contenders for the title.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 28, 2016
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Lessons Learnt From a Panorama Champion - Robert Greenidge
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Panorama is much more than a music competition. It is a phenomenon that mirrors life experiences and values. You can experience exhilarating joy, to cold numbing pain, heartbreak and disillusion - all in one season - for an eight-minute performance. In an instant you can go from the heat of the moment with the glare of the dazzling and blinding spotlights of the big stage in the Queen's Park Savannah, to a darkened, cold, and empty panyard.

But in between there are the lessons that will follow and shape you for a lifetime - dedication, commitment, respect, loyalty, discipline, responsibility, trust, rewards, failure, leadership, true friendship, legacy and survival.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 27, 2016
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$2.9M for unsponsored steelbands
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The State will pay out $2.9 million in financial assistance to more than 180 unsponsored steel-bands across the country – including the Samaroo Jets started by the late pan icon Jit Samaroo – according to the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.

In a ceremony at Nicholas Tower on Friday, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, began the distribution of cheques to several unsponsored steel bands from the East, North, South/Central and Tobago zones, “to facilitate their participation in the Panorama Competition and other related activities for the 2016 Carnival celebrations”.

“These funds will assist the steel bands in key Carnival related undertakings including preparatory activities such as blending of the pans, chroming, repair of stands and sourceing of additional support instruments,” a ministry spokesperson said last Friday in a media release. One hundred and seven (107) conventional and seventy-six (76) single pan bands will receive grants.
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Web Posted - Monday January 25, 2016
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Semi-final Results of Large Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Phase II Pan Groove leads the pack going into the last night of competition in the finals, carded for Saturday February 6th at the Queen's Park Savannah in the country's capital of Port-of-Spain.

And according to the latest revision of the Panorama rules from event organizer Pan Trinbago, nine others will follow Phase II into that arena. Again, another shock for many, not least for the band itself, former champion Exodus Steel Orchestra, missed the cut by one point with a score of 262 being judged only good enough for position 11. Band musicians had confidently pegged their Panorama fortunes on their execution of the musical collaboration between David Rudder and arranger Pelham Goddard "De Big Yard."
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Web Posted - Monday January 25, 2016
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Semi-final Results of Medium Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Out of the fourteen medium steel orchestras which strived to make it to the Finals for a shot at the coveted crown, four—including Pamberi Steel Orchestra—had to kiss their chances goodbye, at least for 2016. Instead, the final ten is made up primarily of several past winners themselves in that category, such as Katzenjammers, Sound Specialists of Laventille, Steel Xplosion and Buccooneers. Title defenders Pan Elders with champion arranger Duvone Stewart are going for the hat-trick, having triumphed also in 2015 and 2014.
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Web Posted - Monday January 25, 2016
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Semi-final Results of Small Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Champion arranger Terrance “BJ” Marcelle together with his band Arima Golden Symphony is out front after the semi-final competition in the small band category. The combination is in quest of another championship title, and if successful, would mean its seventh win in the country's past eight national small steel orchestra Panorama competitions. But before that, nine other equally determined challengers have to be vanquished. They include Laventille Serenaders, Tamana Pioneers, Five Rivers Modern Symphony and Pandemonium, among others.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 21, 2016
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An Open Letter To My Dear Friend of Panorama Poet Mervyn Taylor

by Dalton Narine
 

Poet Mervyn Taylor

Global - Oh, lest we forget, Boogsie and Smooth fighting for the million, both hoarding a reputation of never being ‘fraid of keen competition, ‘cause “Kings Go Forth,” and they may regard wannabes in the Rama as minnows to a wash basin. As man, you as poet, you know ‘bout minnows. Let me dolls it up a bit. Some as dem fellas is small fish, too small to fry in the rangatang Savannah. So don’t be surprised if the Rama judges throw them out with they bathwater.

Also, doh get shock if the two big sharks get tie up in the lines of the judges’ reasonin’. After all, Merv, ‘member none ah dem adjudicators foreign. And Panorama is about, well, make a play.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 20, 2016
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Preliminary Results of Small Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Tornadoes Steel Orchestra is one of four bands representing the South/Central region in the small steel orchestra category which made it through to the semi-finals being staged January 24th in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.  Playing arranger's Shervon Edwards' arrangement of "Mash It Up," not only did the band make the cut, but it also trumped nineteen others at this stage.  But hot on the heels of Tornadoes' heels is the defending champion Arima Golden Symphony musically led by champion arranger Terrance "BJ" Marcelle.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 20, 2016
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Preliminary Results of Medium Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - With the preliminary rounds in judging for the medium steel orchestra for the 2016 Panorama season now relegated to the history books, it is now official which fourteen bands will move on to the semi-finals slated for this coming weekend, Sunday January 24th at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 19, 2016
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Northern Region Judging in the Panyards/Communities: Large Conventional Steel Orchestras
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - As has been the norm, Large Conventional Bands registered for Panorama 2016 will be visited by the judges and Pan Trinbago officials. Two judges will visit each of the zones to “listen” to the bands and give their comments while Pan Trinbago officials will conduct the head count. This will take place at the bands’ respective panyards and/or theatres.

Overall, seventeen steel orchestras comprising five (5) from the East, seven (7) from the North, four (4) from the South and one from Tobago will perform over a three-day period. In this category, several of the competitors have opted to play their own compositions.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 19, 2016
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Eastern Region Judging in the Panyards/Communities: Large Conventional Steel Orchestras
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - As has been the norm, Large Conventional Bands registered for Panorama 2016 will be visited by the judges and Pan Trinbago officials. Two (2) judges will visit each of the zones to “listen” to the bands and give their comments while Pan Trinbago officials will conduct the head count. This will take place at the band’s respective panyards and/or theatres. Seventeen (17) steel orchestras comprising five (5) from the East, seven (7) from the North, four (4) from the South and one from Tobago will perform over a three- day period. In this category, many of the competitors have opted to play their own compositions.

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Web Posted - Tuesday January 19, 2016
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Tobago Region - Judging in the Panyard - Panorama competition: Large Conventional Steel Orchestras
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Two judges will visit the Tobago zone to “listen” to Redemption Sound Setters, currently the only large steel orchestra in the sister isle of Tobago. Years ago, Our Boys Steel Orchestra, now competing in the small steel orchestra category, was itself a large steel orchestra.

The judges will give Redemption Sound Setters their comments while Pan Trinbago officials will conduct the head count. This will take place at the band’s panyard. Starting time is 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday January 19th and admission is Free.
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Web Posted - Monday January 18, 2016
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Requiem for J’Ouvert Pan

by Dalton Narine
 

Highlanders

Global - It may’ve been a sacrilegious move by Starlift. Still and all, no wonder the Woodbrook band bypassed a Bomb contest that required steel orchestras to reprise jazzy but colourful Highlanders arrangements.

It’s safe to say that Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II hadn’t dared to dream of an adaptation on pan featuring “It’s a Grand Night For Singing” (from the movie “State Fair”) and "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’" (from “Oklahoma!”). Granted, the few millennial revellers may have found the sound “foreign,” but, by and large, quite a few at least sang the first line, and everybody la-la’ed the melodies.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 17, 2016
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Pan Trinbago Speaks on Panorama 2016 - Excitement and Excellence
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Panorama 2016 kicked off on January 8th at the Queens Park Savannah. This signaled the real start of the Carnival in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. As always, all Carnival lovers know that the barrels must rumble to signal the start of Carnival.

On behalf of the entire Steelpan fraternity, I take this opportunity to express heartfelt thanks to corporate Trinbago which sees it as a civic duty to partner with Pan Trinbago, to ensure that Panorama 2016 comes off successfully.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 16, 2016
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Song for Panorama 2016
‘Legacy’
sung by “Lani K”

Performing artist “Lani K”
 

Global - “Lani K” (born Jalani Kojo) grew up in the Belmont section of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.  As the son of two-time Calypso Queen Twiggy (Ann-Marie Parks-Kojo), “Lani K” definitely was birthed into the tradition of Calypso & Soca music.

The artist is young in age, but a veteran on the circuit, having released several songs in recent years, such as 2015’s The Engine Room and My Melody. He is back for the 2016 season with Legacy.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 14, 2016
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Song for Panorama 2016
‘It Eh Go Wuk’
sung by Chuck Gordon

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Global - Back-to-back Trinidad & Tobago National Calypso Monarch Chuck Gordon believes a hat-trick of victories in the competition is well and truly on this Carnival.

The reigning monarch made his first move towards the feat with the release of his first 2016 calypso offering It Eh Go Wuk a melodic tale of relationships, compatibility and love for culture that is already being well received.  It is co-composed by ace panist, performing artist, composer and champion steelband arranger Ray Holman, and Fazad Shageer.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 12, 2016
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Single Pan Bands - Preliminary Results - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016
 

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The preliminary phase of competition for competitors in the Single Pan Bands category in the 2016 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama is over, and results are out. In all, sixty-two bands participated from the Eastern, Northern, Tobago and South/Central regions.

According to the 2016 rules, thirty-two will move forward to the semi finals slated for Friday January 22 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Four bands in a four-way-tie: North Eastern All Stars, Pan Elites, Scrunters Pan Groove and Self Help Marines round out those making the cut.
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Web Posted - Monday January 11, 2016
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Giant of the Titans - A Tribute To The Genius of Master Arranger Jit Samaroo

by When Steel Talks
 

Jit Samaroo - When Steel Talks

Global - When Steel Talks has had the great fortune of meeting and being around Jit Samaroo on a few occasions. He was as humble and pleasant, as he was intelligent and talented. Similar to other geniuses and men of great statue that we have met, you would never know that he was a giant in the room.

The past, present, and future of Pan speak on Jit Samaroo.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 10, 2016
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The Saga of Jit Samaroo - From Nobody To Somebody to Iron Man to the Great Beyond

by Simeon L. Sandiford
 

Jitsamaroo

Global - The humble, reserved, unassuming musical genius Jit Sukha Samaroo was born in the village of Surrey in Lopinot, a tranquil valley of Trinidad’s Northern Range, on February 24th 1950. A blend of French, Spanish, African and Amerindian ancestry and a watershed of cross-cultural fertilization lay in waiting.

From birth, Jit’s musical skills were inculcated and influenced by his mother and the old Parranderos with traditional rhythms of Parang and Castilian. Over time, he honed his craft under the tutorship of Dr. Patricia Bishop, Dr. Gordon Maliphant, Landeg White, Winifred Sitahal and Fr. John Sewell.

Steelpan Master Craftsman Bertram ‘Birch’ Kellman introduced the 17-year old fledgling to the Renegades Steel Orchestra of La Cou Harp, one of the most feared areas of Port-of-Spain, in 1967. With a wry sense of humour, Jit tranquilised these Bad Johns on the opening night of his legendary association with an arrangement of The Osmond Brothers’ One Bad Apple ; they played until round about midnight. Within two decades, he was king of counter melody, orchestration, dynamics and rhythm for the elephantine ensemble that was Renegades at the annual Panorama competition.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 10, 2016
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News for Panorama 2016
Single Pan Bands - Preliminaries, Eastern Region - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - With the defending champs San Juan East Side Symphony as one of the competitors in this segment, the music rivalry is expected to be palpable from the start as twenty Single Pan Bands go up against the group in east Trinidad. It will be the preliminary showing in the eastern region for the country’s 2016 Panorama season come Sunday January 10.

Twenty-one bands are listed to participate in this third consecutive night of competition, with the North and South/Central regions having had their turn this past Friday and Saturday, respectively.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 9, 2016
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JIT

by DALTON NARINE
 

JITGlobal - Just a single name encapsulates this slight man, what he became and the huge legacy he left pan and country.

Imagine a shy East Indian panman/ arranger from Surrey, Lopinot, not your ordinary panist at all, being called upon by Renegades, a steelband from round the bridge, to arrange its music. Particularly Panorama fare.

This is a man who went on to win nine Panorama titles in 16 years. To understand the relevance of that milestone, Desperadoes celebrated 10 Panorama wins among three arrangers.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 9, 2016
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A Tribute to Dr. Jit Samaroo

by Mark Loquan
 

Dr. Jit Samaroo

Global - This morning I awoke to the sad news of the passing of one of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural icons, Dr. Jit Samaroo, who came from very humble beginnings to not only create history in the Panorama arena with 9 winning arrangements, but has also composed test pieces now performed in Trinidad, Mexico and the USA.
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Web Posted - October 2015
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Trinidad and Tobago Soca Tunes for
2016 Carnival


 

Listen to a playlist of Trinidad and Tobago 2016 Soca tunes for Carnival.
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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.

Windows MSN Groups has informed us that they are shutting down their groups service as of February 21, 2009.  You can now find the When Steel Talks Group at whensteeltalks.ning.com/forum 
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