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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 July 9, 2018
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BSO’s Inaugural ‘Pan Is Sweet’ - in Pictures
Instruments set up for first Steel Orchestra in Pan Is Sweet 2018

New York, USA - Seven steel orchestras took to the stage on the night of June 23, 2018 and delivered memorable performances, each between five and six minutes. New York Pan Stars, CASYM, Verona, Blue Diamonds USA, Steel Sensation, Pan Evolution and Genesis Pan Groove were part of this excellent steelband showcase. The event was organized and produced by BSO (Brooklyn Steel Orchestra).
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BSO’s Inaugural ‘Pan Is Sweet’ presents a “Different Me” for New York Pan - Success!
Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra gives winning performance for Pan Is Sweet 2018

New York, USA - ....If you were there then you know. If you missed it, then you have probably already heard that you missed out on an outstanding steelband music event. BSO held their first annual “Pan Is Sweet” competition. It will no doubt go down as one of the best steelband music events for 2018, if not the decade. Some are already calling it a historic moment in pan. Time will tell. What is undeniable is that the music was there, the people were there and everyone was vibing. A pivotal moment in New York Pan? Absolutely.
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Web Posted - Thursday June 21, 2018
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Meet Robert Issa - With His Dream for Steelband In Tanzania - UpClose!
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Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania - Presently, he is a mostly self-motivated, self-taught, self -financed - panist, arranger, teacher, promoter, recruiter and tuner who is single-handedly leading the charge to bring Pan and the steelband to Tanzania in a very big way.

Robert Issa may be the greatest Pan lover/enthusiast on the content of Africa. Facing challenges of instrument supply, training in the art form - just to start - Issa is a true example of following his heart, and determinedly staying the course.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Robert Issa shares his significant and considerable history with Pan, along with his dream for the instrument and artform in his homeland of Tanzania, and more.
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BHW Heroes Weekend ‘Pan In The Park’ Event
Steelband performance at the 2018 Bermuda Heroes Weekend Pan in the Park event

Bermuda -  The Bermuda Heroes Weekend Pan in the Park event took place this afternoon [June 17] at Victoria Park, with people coming out to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of steel pan music.

The Pan side featured in Pan In The Park is Paul Smith & De Onion Patch Crew.

This year’s BHW got underway with the ‘Five Star Friday’ at the City Hall Car Park on Friday evening [June 15], continued with the Raft Up at Shelly Bay yesterday [June 16] and will extend until tomorrow, with the BHW’s Cirque Du Soca J’Ouvert at Bernard’s Park starting at 3:00 a.m. on Monday, June 18th, while the Parade of Bands gets underway at 10.00 a.m. on Monday.
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Web Posted - Sunday June 10, 2018
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Music Education, Pan and Steelband Culture at CASYM’s 2018 Spring Concert
CASYM Class One at the organization's 2018 Spring Concert

New York, U.S.A. - “I feel like Hulk! Hurrawr hurraaaawwwwrr!!” --- Those were toddlers to grandparents giving their ‘Hulk’ moments as they sang out in concert with CASYM Class Two. Yes - mommy, daddy, nana, ma, grandma, granddad, tantie, aunty, uncle, cous and siblings were all on hand in delighted support.

....From Bruno Mars to Blaxx, the audience was treated to a full complement of musical styles and genres at this year’s Spring Concert which was held at Middle School 246 on Veronica Place in Brooklyn. The annual event features the performing arts accomplishments of CASYM’s music education programs conducted in schools, mainly through Pan but also Dance.
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Web Posted - Wednesday June 6, 2018
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Philippa Schuyler Major Steelpan Ensemble Shines at “A Night of Music” Concert
Philippa Schuyler Middle School Major Steelpan Ensemble after the concert

New York, U.S.A. - There is absolutely no doubt that child prodigy, genius, humanitarian and uncommon beauty Philippa Schuyler would have been proud of the young people who performed at the “A Night of Music” concert. It unfolded at the school bearing her name and dedicated to honor her - Philippa Schuyler Middle School For the Gifted and Talented.

On this cool Spring evening in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, Philippa Schuyler Major Steelpan Ensemble and Major Chorus showcased their talents to all gathered: their parents, teachers and community. Under the leadership and vision of program director, educator and panist Nyasha Rhoden the steelpan instrument and artform have taken root in both the academic and performing arts lives of those students, the school and wider community.
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Web Posted - Sunday June 3, 2018
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The Pan Man’s Triumphant Return to Stage
Jahlani Roberts as 'Lypo' in Pan Man the Musical

New York, U.S.A. - PAN Man - The Musical is the latest success story in bringing the story of the Pan to the stage through the performing arts.

Part history lesson, part musical, with drama and comic relief. The Pan Man takes the audience through the life challenges of the Pan Man. Through examining the typical elements of the journey of Pan from scorn to acceptance, the cast of Pan Man under the direction of Michelle Mannette-Gomez, reenacts the pains, the joys and triumphs, all experienced directly and indirectly with the artform.

In his acting debut as Lypo the Pan Man, panist Jahlani Roberts gives a credible performance that showcases his deft pan playing skills, as well as puts him on the road to becoming much more than a panist - a triple threat (acting, performing and singing).
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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - PanOnTheNet/ WhenSteelTalks is Panorama Central!  Complete information on the 2018 season of the Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama, and competitions:  Schedules, Orders of Appearance for preliminary, semi-final and final phases for large, medium and small conventional steel orchestras, and single pan bands; arrangers’ bios, bios of steel orchestras; full results, panyard addresses, history of previous Panoramas, and much more!
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Web Posted -  September, 2017
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The Ugly, The Uglier and The Ugliest - New York Panorama 2017
tag words for 2017 NY Panorama: Embarrassing, Shameful, Thoughtless, Bandits

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New York, USA - Well if you haven’t heard already, New York’s 2017 Panorama Steel Orchestra competition was an epic failure for most. Unless you were the show’s promoters - who got away as bandits in the night - except it was a broad daylight-mugging with everyone watching. Calling the promoters “bandits” is really a description ‘upgrade’ as they have been known as the original Evil Empire to the Brooklyn Steelband community for decades.

So in this regard, let’s cut the crap! And the fake news from those who are spreading alternative facts, about how great New York 2017 Panorama was. In reality it was jacked up.
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Early Trinidad and Tobago Steelbands Names Associated with Hollywood Movies
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Global - Within the historical context, a look at the impact of American movies on the naming of early steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago.
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