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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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Web Posted - Monday April 27, 2015
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Standing O for Kendall Williams, Josh Quillen and CrossFire Steel Orchestra at Princeton University

 CrossFrie at Princeton
 

Princeton, New Jersey - On an early cool Spring day Brooklyn, New York-based Crossfire Steel Orchestra took to the road and headed south for a command performance at Princeton University. This concert was presented as part of the World Percussion Series under the auspices of the prestigious Princeton Department of Music.
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Web Posted - Friday April 17, 2015
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Officialdom to honor steel band icon Neville Jules

 Neville Jules
 

Brooklyn, New York - A commendation from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, a Proclamation from the New York City Council and a Proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are expected to be among the accolades conferred on legendary steel band pioneer Neville Jules, when tribute is paid to him by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute Sunday evening April 26 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom.
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Web Posted - Monday April 13, 2015
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Through the "Great Barrier Reefs" Nashville Meets Harlem Over A Steelpan Groove

 Great Barrier Reefs
 

Harlem, New York - Great Barrier Reefs bring their own unique fusion of Funk, Rock, Bluegrass, Gospel, Jazz and Country. And when you combine their blend of sax, electric banjo, and steelpan with keyboard, bass and drums - the combinations provide distinctive voicing and sound. In a forty-five minute set WST experienced great music with something to say, and boundless possibilities. The Great Barrier Reefs is more than a collection of very talented musicians who perform well together.
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Web Posted - Tuesday April 7, 2015
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Meet Chanelle Walker  - Brooklyn, New York

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Chanelle Walker
 

woman symbolBrooklyn, New York - “If steel pan was able to sustain a healthy and stable lifestyle then I would be out of my mind not to....” - She is driven, focused and very talented. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - musician, panist, Chanelle Walker shares her views and experiences with Pan, the culture and the steelpan art form.
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Web Posted - Saturday April 4, 2015
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OSteel Introduces Elementary Students to Steel Pan

Steelpan instruments set up for Oberlin Steel Orchestra
 

Ohio, USA - Members of Oberlin Steel (OSteel) will visit nearby Wellington, Ohio, on April 8 to participate in an educational workshop that will introduce students at Westwood Elementary School to the steel pan and the music of Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop is organized through Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO), an all-volunteer nonprofit organization based in Medina, Ohio, with several ties to Oberlin College.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 1, 2015
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Meet Doris Green - Brooklyn, New York

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Doris Green
 

woman symbolBrooklyn, New York - The narrative of the life and times of Doris Green is in itself a compelling story and fantastic journey that needs to told, studied and chronicled. Her seminal work in a notation system for the oral tradition of African music is not only ground-breaking but genius level. In addition, she is the author of the historically significant "Steel Bands of New York."
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 1, 2015
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Meet Luz Carime Santa-Coloma - New York University, New York

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Luz Carime
 

woman symbolNew York, New York - “I can honestly say that playing with CrossFire at the Panorama competition was the most fun I have ever had on stage...” - She knows first-hand that Pan is much more than an instrument. She has lived the experience. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - musician, panist, singer-songwriter and student at the prestigious NYU percussion program, Luz Carime Santa-Coloma shares her views and experiences with Pan, the culture and the steelpan art form.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 1, 2015
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NIU Steelband Spring 2015 Concert

 NIU Steelband
 

DeKalb, Illinois - Northern Illinois University Steelband, under the direction of Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis, presents its spring 2015 concert on Sunday April 26th, at 3 p.m. (CST) in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU School of Music.

The concert showcases an eclectic blend of music and highlights the many possibilities of the national instruments of Trinidad and Tobago, the steelpan.
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Web Posted - Tuesday March 31, 2015
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Meet Catherine Borneo - Brooklyn, New York

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Catherine Borneo
 

woman symbolBrooklyn, New York - “Women have become more vocal - the Steelpan art form is an open forum for both men and women” - With three daughters actively involved in Pan as steelpan musicians, she has a unique vantage point. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - passionate Pan mom, former panist and supporter Catherine Borneo shares her joys, concerns and experiences in an honest assessment and critical look at the steelpan music art form and culture.
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Web Posted - Tuesday March 31, 2015
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Meet Claudie Donne - Guadeloupe, Paris, France

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Claudie Donne
 

woman symbolParis, France - “I just have to play pan. It makes me feel connected to my roots.” - Pan is her passion. She radiates pure unadulterated love for the steel pan culture and art form. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - educator, panist and performing artist Claudie Donne shares her global views on Pan, the culture and her love affair with the instrument.
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Web Posted - Monday March 30, 2015
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Steelband on the right note with award wins

Young band members hit the right notes to scoop awards at recent music festivals
 

Tyneside, England - Three of the bands from North Tyneside Steelband (NTSB) won top awards for their talents.

At the Tynedale Music Festival, the training band and junior performance bands were both awarded a distinction and the performance band won the Stirling Newell Cup with the judges recognising an ‘outstanding’ performance.
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Web Posted - Monday March 30, 2015
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Meet Lilian Sten Nicholson - Barbados

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Lilan Sten
 

woman symbolBarbados, W.I. - “Pan is about to become a billion dollar, global industry, and not a cent will go to the inventors.” - She is an artist who captures history, culture in the most authentic manner, whereby allowing us to reflect on and embrace truth going forward. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - painter, musician educator, historian and accomplished artist Lilian Sten Nicholson shares her reflections, experiences and knowledge on Pan, Mas, Carnival culture and more.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 29, 2015
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Meet Arielle Chase - Brooklyn, New York

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Arielle Chase
 

woman symbolBrooklyn, New York - “Panorama is like a progress report of your band. You get to observe how much you've grown as a body. From the talent of the players, the reaction of the audience, and the comments of the judges, you can determine how far you've come and how far you have to go.” - She brings uncommon intellect, diplomacy, sensitivity and foresight to the steelpan music arena. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - captain, panist and performing artist Arielle Chase shares her views on Pan, culture and desires for the steelpan art form, and more.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 29, 2015
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Pantheon Steel keeps the beat with new handpan

Pantheon co-founder Kyle Cox uses modern technology to help tune a hand pan that is still in production. Cox has been passionate about steel drums since his days at University of Southern Mississippi.
 

Montana, USA - As the founder of Pantheon Steel, it is only natural that Kyle Cox has always had a love affair with steel drums. First as a student and then as a designer, Cox with his business partner and co-founder, Jim Dusin, has revolutionized the steel pan industry.

....Instead of continuing to make the traditional Trinidadian steel pan, Cox and Dusin made the move in 2007 to begin the manufacturing of a handheld pan after a company in Switzerland, Pan Art, began making the instrument based upon a simple request from a customer.

....On March 13, 2009, Pantheon Steel had their first playable Halo handpan and the company has not looked back.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 29, 2015
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Thirty years after death, Rudolph Charles remains... The Baddest Desperado

by Dalton Narine

Rudolph Charles
 

Global - Thirty years ago today, Laventille’s Rudolph Charles shuffled off this mortal coil and went out in style - a glam funeral service, his soul encased in the Chariot pans he invented and three religions vying for meager props at his rites on the banks of the Caroni - as an age of innocence was nearing its own death.

Fascinating that, as an uncommon man, he bore the weight of the absolute trilogy of personalities, the father son and holy ghost, and that he lived and died on a hill
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Web Posted - Saturday March 28, 2015
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North Stars gets replacement for pan destroyed by flood

North Stars Steel Orchestra in Rose Bank, St. Vincent
 

St. Vincent  & The Grenadines, W.I. - North Stars Steel Orchestra in Rose Bank, North Leeward, has received 30 new steel pans to replace instruments destroyed by the December 2013 flash floods and landslides.

Nichola Evans of National Commission on Crime Prevention presented the pans to the pan side at a concert in Rose Bank last weekend.

The concert was organised by the Pan Against Crime Committee under the theme “Play a pan, arrange a song, build a mind, down with violence and crime”.

Speaking at the event, Commissioner of Police, Michael Charles, said the Pan Against Crime initiative has been successful in deterring young persons from crime.
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Web Posted - Saturday March 28, 2015
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Meet Sparkle Demming - Brooklyn, New York

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Sparkle Demming
 

woman symbolBrooklyn, New York - Thoughtful, and forward-thinking. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - musician, panist and performing artist Sparkle Demming shares her views and experiences while touching on the necessary qualities essential for effective leadership in the steelpan art form, and more.
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 25, 2015
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The Codrington Pan Family Pave the Way at SXSW Interactive

SXSW - Codrington Pan Family
 

Austin, Texas, USA - The reviews have been glowing. Last week the Codrington Pan Family performed at the globally recognized, very influential and trendy SXSW festival. In fact, the Codrington Pan Family was named one of SXSW 2015’s 10 breakout acts. As the first steel ensemble to ever perform at SXSW, much was expected of the substantially talented and accomplished Codington's hailing from Trinidad and Tobago. SXSW is an annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, Texas, USA.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - the Codrington Pan Family share their thoughts on this successful venture and the serious challenges they still face in their home, Trinidad and Tobago.
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Web Posted - Tuesday March 24, 2015
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Meet Israel McLeod - Trinidad & Tobago

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Israel Mcleod
 

woman symbolTrinidad and Tobago - In regards to Pan: "As a country it is still difficult for those outside of pan to appreciate that we are artistes who have a right to speak up on issues that concern our security, our health, issues of compensation and so forth.” The business of Pan is her business. Panist, PR and Marketing manager, Israel Mcleod of Trinidad and Tobago - in an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - shares her experiences, intellect, insight and vision for the steelpan art form.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 22, 2015
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Meet Mikela Simmons - Antigua & Barbuda

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Mikela Simmons
 

woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - In regards to Pan: "The moment I would have to say I am most proud of, would be last year, when I won my first competition as an arranger.” In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Mikela Simmons of Antigua and Barbuda shares her vision for the steelpan art form and how the steelpan music culture has impacted her life.
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Web Posted - Saturday March 21, 2015
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Meet Carrisa Victor - Trinidad and Tobago

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Carrisa Victor
 

woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - This multi-talented panist is immensely gifted, intelligent and ready to take the art form to a higher level. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - composer, musician, and performing artist Carrisa Victor shares her views, experiences on and expectations for the steelpan art form and more.
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Web Posted - Saturday March 21, 2015
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Rachel Hayward – 30 years of Pan
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Rachel Hayward 

United Kingdom - Rachel started playing pan in 1985 with her school steel band — The Radcliffe Rollers — where she was encouraged and inspired by her teachers Richard Murphy and Neil Davison and tuner Michael "Natsy" Contant to create her first arrangements and compositions for solo and ensemble steel pans.
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Web Posted - Friday March 20, 2015
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Neville Jules - steel band icon, to be honored

Neville Jules
 

Brooklyn, New York - One of the revered and legendary names of steel band history in Trinidad and Tobago, Neville Jules, the former longtime leader of the popular Trinidad All Stars band, will be honored by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute for his singular devotion to and impact upon steel band culture, at a gala celebration on Sunday evening, April 26 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. At the dinner event Jules will be formally accorded the Folk Arts Institute’s foremost recognition and is expected to be the recipient of several other awards and commendations.
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Web Posted - Friday March 20, 2015
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Meet Janyssa Humphreys - Antigua and Barbuda

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Janyssa Humphreys
 

woman symbolAntigua and Barbuda - "We have so much potential to take our steel pan movement to another level”. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Janyssa Humphreys of Antigua and Barbuda shares her love for the steelpan art form and how the steelpan music culture has impacted her life.
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Web Posted - Thursday March 19, 2015
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Meet Attillah Springer - Trinidad and Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Attillah Springer
 

woman symbolTrinidad and Tobago - In regards to Pan: "We don’t know the value of what we have. Imagine how awesome we would be if we did.” Never on the sidelines, always in the mix, cultural and social activist Attillah Springer of Trinidad and Tobago - in an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - shares her wisdom and insight on the steelpan art form and much, much more.
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 18, 2015
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Meet Jenessa Baptiste of Phase II Pan Groove - Trinidad and Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Jenessa Hosein
 

woman symbolTrinidad and Tobago - She is a natural. Music and Pan have been in her blood from the very beginning. She is a first-rate musician, educator and bass-section leader in a massive, legendary steel orchestra.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Jenessa Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago's Phase II Pan Groove Steel Orchestra shares her concerns, and her joy and unadulterated love for the steelpan art form..
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Web Posted - Tuesday March 17, 2015
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Meet Hope Munro Smith of - California State University, Chico, CA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Hope Munro Smith
 

woman symbolTrinidad Á Tobago - With a genuine interest in the contributions of women to music globally she fell deeply in love with Trinidad and Tobago's culture, music and Pan. She is a steelpan musician, author, ethnomusicologist and educator. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Associate Professor, Hope Munro Smith of California State University, shares her thoughts, experiences and views on the steelpan art form and more.
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Web Posted - Tuesday March 17, 2015
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Meet Carol-Ann Andrews of Harvard Harps Steel Orchestra, Trinidad and Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Carol-Ann Andrews
 

woman symbolTrinidad Á Tobago - Her passion for Pan is unwavering and burns intensely. She is a steelpan musician, steelpan mom, and steelpan administrator. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Carol-Ann Andrews of Harvard Harps Steel Orchestra, Trinidad and Tobago, shares her journey, insight, experiences and vision for the steelpan art form.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 8, 2015
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‘Parallel Overtones’:  An infectious Garvin Blake CD

Garvin Blake - Parallel Overtones
 

Global - Steelpan instrumentalists, whether they’ve been offering material for public sampling for years or just getting their feet wet, would do well to look no further for a gold standard than the package Garvin Blake delivers on his Parallel Overtones CD. It is that outstanding an addition to the argot of music product featuring the steelpan.
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Web Posted - Thursday March 5, 2015
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Steel Band Directors Asked to Participate in Pan on the Green Competition
 

St. Croix, U.S.V.I. - An important Pan on the Green meeting is scheduled for steel band directors for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix campus, in Room T100.

“The meeting is being called to begin accepting applications and to share pertinent information on the Pan on the Green program,” according to event coordinator and music chairperson Valrica Bryson at the Elena Christian Jr. High School. “Steel bands from schools, churches, and other community organizations throughout the Virgin Islands are invited to participate in the steel band competition.”
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Web Posted - Saturday February 28, 2015
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Trinidad All Stars -- 2015 Panorama
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Once again the greatest steel orchestras in the world convened in fierce contest for their annual rumble on the 'Big Stage' in the Queen's Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, the capital of 'The Home Of Pan.'

Hailing from sister isle Tobago, and the North, South, East, and West of Trinidad - the twin-island birthplace of the steelpan instrument - they came for a shot at musical supremacy for some - or an opportunity at fame and renown for others. And of course, the usually slim chance to enter the circle where only Titans and Giants roam - Panorama Champion, Large Steel Orchestra Category.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 26, 2015
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First time for a Steel Band at the SXSW Music Festival - Codrington Pan Family Steel Orchestra


 

Global - The Codrington Pan Family Steel Orchestra from Trinidad and Tobago has been selected as the first act of its kind to participate in the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The event is scheduled to run from 17-22 March 2015.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 26, 2015
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Contemplating genius one panyard at a time

Phase 2 -- 2015 Panorama 
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - How can one contemplate genius? How does one recognise that savant quality in gifted musicians? Here in the “Third World” of foreigners' fantasies, the reputations of communities have been placed on the shoulders of political giants, on the shoulders of criminals, on the shoulders of cricket captains and steelpan arrangers. For this Carnival 2015, I ventured to gather that magic of the urban panyard as a locus for creativity, for communality, for a congregation of the curious at the periphery looking in.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 26, 2015
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Wilson family brings steel pan music into schools for Black History Month
 

Canada - The Wilson family has been bringing steel pan music to Montreal for more than 20 years. This month, members have been playing in schools across the city as part of Black History Month.

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Web Posted - Thursday February 24, 2015
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Pan Trinbago loses appeal
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - World governing body for the steelpan, Pan Trinbago, has lost its appeal against a decision of a High Court judge who, in 2013, ruled that two steelband members were eligible candidates for the organisation’s central executive committee elections.

In a decision handed down by Justices of Appeal Peter Jamadar, Nolan Bereaux and Mark Mohammed, the Appellate Court held that PanTrinbago failed to prove that the decisions of High Court judge, Justice Ricky Rahim were plainly wrong.
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Web Posted - Friday February 19, 2015
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Panorama Finals 2015 on CD and DVD

2015 dvd
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - This year’s mesmerizing steelbands’ performances at the National Panorama Medium & Large Conventional Finals are captured “live” on both CD and DVD. The two are collections of the finalists in the Medium and Large Conventional Band categories as they performed “live” at the National Panorama Finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad. While the DVD is two discs, the CD is a three disc collection with six (6) bonus tracks featuring the first three placed bands in the Single Pan Band and the Small Band Conventional-disc categories.
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Web Posted - Friday February 20, 2015
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Trinidad All Stars Wins Band of the Year - 2015

Trinidad All Stars
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra has won the Large Band of the Year title for 2015. This was confirmed by the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) on Thursday afternoon. All Stars scored 2,392 points to take the title with their presentation of 'Ships Ahoy At A French Festival.' In second place was Trini Revellers with 'The Jamette Carnival' which scored 2,299 points. Downtown Band of the Year winner, Ronnie and Caro, scored 2,230 points to place third with 'Ah Come Back Home.'
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Web Posted - Friday February 20, 2015
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Various steelpan competitions organized by Pan Trinbago
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Results have also been announced for the Groovy Soca Steelband Competitions which were held in all Pan Trinbago Regions on Carnival Monday night. The competition was open to all young arrangers under the age of 40. Bands were required to play any popular ninety (90) beat per minute groovy soca tune while on the move for approximately four to six minutes.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 19, 2015
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Champs of Steel Plus Brings Closure to 2015 Panorama Season
 

Trinidad All Stars crossing the Savannah stage - 2015 Carnival  
 

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. - The Carnival may be officially over but come Saturday 21st February 2015, Carnival come again as Pan Trinbago Inc. presents “Champs of Steel Plus”.

The post-Carnival event which features in part most of the winners and champions of the major competitions gives the public another chance to savor all that was Carnival.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 19, 2015
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Antigua's Hells Gate Steel Orchestra Celebrates 70 years in Existence

Hells Gate Launch 2015 
 

Antigua and Barbuda, W.I. - Under the theme "Pan - Then - Now - Forever", Antigua's oldest steel orchestra, Hell's Gate, will continue the celebration of their 70th year in existence with a Launch this Saturday 21st February 2015. The launch will take place in the panyard of the famed orchestra. The orchestra's celebratory activities commenced in January 2015, and will be followed with monthly happenings that will culminate with an awards banquet and concert in October 2015.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 18, 2015
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Panorama 2015 Notes - Raw Talk
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Trinidad All Stars crossing the Savannah stage - 2015 Carnival  
 

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. - Raw thoughts, notes and candid reflections captured and shared by steelpan musician, award-winning film maker, journalist, television presenter, historian, editor and writer Dalton Narine - Trinidad and Tobago Steelband Panorama 2015.
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Web Posted - Monday February 16, 2015
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An Interview with Raf Robertson Musician, Former Panorama Judge and birdsong Arranger
by Dalton Narine
 

 

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. - The science of steelband arranging is being able to take a song, arrange it in such a way that musicians could like it, play it and make you feel good. The emotion must vibrate in the music. Music is a language. You have to speak to people in a language that they speak.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 15, 2015
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The Spilling of Blood - Phase II vs. Trinidad All Stars - A Saga for The Ages
by Dalton Narine
 

Trinidad All Stars
 

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. - True, there is a bitter irony of circumstance that the arrangers of the two best steelbands in Panorama have been longtime friends. Yet it is the blood of Phase II Pan Groove that made Trinidad All Stars blood boil, erupting an out-of-character behavior In the large band finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah. Shucks, the Stars’ old Hell Yard instincts kicked in with vengeance the way the tussle came off back in 1986 when the Phase all but had their first victory locked in with Pan Rising as the drama in the Rama pushed to a head.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 15, 2015
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Steelband making waves
 

Guyana, SA - Guyana is awash, virtually daily, with an array of ‘bad news’ stories. The ‘good news’ items are around, but they don’t always make the headlines; they remain invisible. This one I’m about to tell you goes back some years to around 2007 when steelband music had declined in Guyana. One or two bands were still around, but the art form generally was in the doldrums. However, with Carifesta looming here, the Minister of Culture, Frank Anthony, wanted to look at reviving steelband.

He suggested the formation of a national steelband to debut at Carifesta, and appointed Andrew Tyndall, himself a panman, as Coordinator for the move. “We put out a call for former players to help reignite the thing,” said Tyndall, “and that also brought responses from a number of youngsters playing pan in school.” In the beginning, some of the senior players were dubious about a band with these young school children, but instructors (Andrew Tyndall, Cecil Bovell, Cary Gillis and Charles Gillis) were attached to the schools to start teaching.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 15, 2015
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Trinidad All Stars Again Deny Phase II Pan Groove Hat-trick -
Pan Elders Retain Medium Champion Title for Second Year
 

Global - And shortly after 4:00 a.m. local time on Carnival Sunday, pan music lovers all over the world knew just where their favorite bands in medium and/or large conventional steel orchestra categories stood - like it or not. With a start sometime after 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, the final stage for both the medium and large conventional steel orchestras had come alive as first eleven medium, then ten large bands gave the titles their best musical shots.

For Trinidad All Stars and arranger Leon “Smooth” Edwards, it was sweet triumph as the band that calls Duke Street, Port-of-Spain home fulfilled their 2015 mandate, that is, to put the brakes on the 2014 champs Phase II Pan Groove as the latter tried in vain for a third consecutive Panorama title. And it is not the first time...
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Web Posted - Friday February 13, 2015
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A Look at the Single Pan and Small Steel Orchestras Finals Winners
 

Trinidad & Tobago - San Juan East Side Symphony has retained its title as the Petrotrin National Single Pan Band Champion for the fifth consecutive year.

The small orchestra category saw the current champions, Supernovas, being dethroned by Arima Golden Symphony.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 10, 2015
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Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Panorama Winners
 

Trinidad & Tobago - There is a new THA Pan Champ in NGC Steel Xplosion.

NGC Couva Joylanders and bp Renegades will play first in their respective categories on Saturday (14th February 2015) as the National Panorama Medium & Large Conventional Bands Finals take centre stage at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad, from 7:00 p.m.

The band from Carnbee scored 283 points to top the Large Band category with the Arddin Herbert arrangement of Slinger Francisco’s “Du Du Yemi”. Last year’s winner, Petrotrin Katzenjammers came in second with 282 points with the Winsford Devine composition, ”Say Say”.

Also in winner’s row is Our Boys with 268 points. The Small Conventional Band performed Lead Pipe & Saddis’ “Ah Feeling” arranged by Anslem Campbell.
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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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