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Web Posted - Wednesday April 26, 2017
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Jazz Beat and Pan Explosion make a comeback to this year’s WeBeat St. James Live 2017 

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Trinidad - Jazz Beat and Pan Explosion make a comeback to this year’s WeBeat St. James Live 2017. The return of these two (2) events is in response to numerous requests from diehard loyalists. This year’s edition is in tribute to its founding member and first President, Earl Ronald Crosby, who passed away in August 2016. .
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Web Posted - Tuesday April 25, 2017
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Don’t blame Diaz. Drink a beer syndrome determines our president

The President of Pan Trinbago and A Beer

Global - The time for change in Pan Trinbago’s executive is now. However, this change should not go without a change in the thinking of band leaders. The unprecedented debt; allegations of corruption and mismanagement; the lack of trust by government towards the executive and the poor management of Panorama 2017, hangs like a dark cloud over Pan Trinbago.
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Web Posted - Monday April 24, 2017
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Meet Tamaki Hagihara 
Japan

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Tamaki Hagihara

Woman symbolJapan - “...I hope to be of help for the music culture of Trinidad and Tobago as it has been my inspiration throughout my career.”

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Japanese panist Tamaki Hagihara shares her personal journey and perspective on the global reach and influence of the Steel Pan instrument, its music, and the art form in cultivating an environment for change.
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Web Posted - Saturday April 22, 2017
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Meet Christine Law
Wonderland Steel Band - (1965 - 1967) Trinidad

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Wonderland Steel Band with Christine Law - 1965

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - On Panorama Christine says it is -- “An incredible explosion of musical energy and THE SOUND of Trinidad and Tobago.”

Christine Law is now 81 years of age. She was in her early 30s when she led the Wonderland Steel Band in Chaguanas, central Trinidad. She recalls her time in Trinidad and Tobago with the fondest of memories. Her most moving memory is of the whole of the Wonderland band turning up to play for them as they boarded their boat to leave Trinidad for the final time in 1967. Everyone was in tears!

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Christine Law, musical director for Wonderland Steel Band from 1965 - 1967 shares her personal journey and memories with Pan.
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Web Posted - Friday April 21, 2017
Sweet Briar College

 Uniting Skiffle: Two cultures come together through music

“When practicing with [Skiffle], my playing is more relaxed, which helps me to articulate the notes better,” says Brea Marshall ’17 (center) of Sweet Briar’s Skiffle USA.

Virginia, USA - ....There was a lot happening at Sweet Briar College last week, especially musically. Nineteen core members of Trinidad’s renowned Skiffle Steel Orchestra and their leader, Junia Regrello, came to campus to teach, perform with and get to know their U.S. counterparts. Sweet Briar is home to Skiffle USA, the only international branch of any major steel orchestra in Trinidad based at a college or university.

The visit, which took place April 9-16, is part of an ongoing collaboration between Regrello and Skiffle USA founder and leader Jeff Jones. An associate professor and musicologist, Jones established the Sweet Briar branch in 2013 to create ways for his students to learn “intercultural competencies.” This was Skiffle’s second weeklong visit to campus; the first happened in 2014.
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Web Posted - Friday April 21, 2017
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Van Dyke Parks on Mighty Sparrow and The Esso Trinidad Steel Band

Esso Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band

Global - “When I saw the Esso Trinidad Steel band, I saw myself in a Trojan Horse,” he says. “We were going to expose the oil industry. That’s what my agenda was. I felt it was absolutely essential.” From 1970 to 1975, Parks waged awareness of environmental and race matters through the music and culture of the West Indies, though in the end, “You don’t know whether to laugh or cry. That’s what makes Van Gogh go,” he says, “That’s what great art does.” Though Parks is referring directly to Esso Trinidad’s happy/sad steel drum sounds, he could just as easily be talking about his own experience during what we’ll dub the Calypso Years.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 19, 2017
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Meet Gayle Wilmot
Toronto, Canada

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Gayle Wilmot

Woman symbolToronto, Canada - “....Having been around the Caribana festival in Toronto for years, I thought I knew a bit of the culture and art form. But there is nothing like actually trying to master the instrument, with all of the language and conventions that go along with it, to truly understand the steel pan culture. It has a unique, very energetic, loving and connected community.”

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - former businesswoman Gayle Wilmot shares her personal journey and passion for the Steel Pan instrument, its music, and the art form in cultivating an environment for change.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 19, 2017
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 NIU to honor Cliff Alexis—‘the Stradivarius of the steelpan’

Cliff Alexis - NIU

Illinois, USA - NIU’s Cliff Alexis is retiring, and he’s going out on a high note.

The longtime co-director of the world-renowned NIU Steelband – and master of the art of building steel drums – will be feted during a concert in his honor beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Additionally, Alexis will be presented with an honorary doctoral degree during the NIU Graduate School commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the NIU Convocation Center.

Friends and dignitaries from around the world will be in attendance for the Steelband concert, including the Honorable Anthony Phillips-Spencer, ambassador from Alexis’ native Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where the steelpan was invented and remains the national instrument.

“It is not an exaggeration to state that Mr. Alexis is the Stradivarius of the steelpan,” said Paul Kassel, dean of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts. “His instruments are each a masterwork, and his skill has moved the instrument from its rough and homemade origins to a musically nuanced and finely tuned piece of craftsmanship.”
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 19, 2017
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Meet Nanae “Nana” Matsumura
Japan

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Nanae “Nana” Matsumura

Woman symbolJapan - “Steel pan is beautiful and fun! Also powerful and intense. I never lose interest. Players can have fun playing music, dance as they enjoy their performance. The joy of seeing the audience listen to music, dance and sing… whilst the bands perform also gives me joy and energy to want to play even more. Panorama is amazing! So many people practice for just the one night; it’s really amazing and rewarding when the lights hit me on that big stage.”

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Nanae “Nana” Matsumura shares her unconditional love for Pan culture, music and the art form. In addition she speaks on her worldly experiences with Pan in Trinidad, New York, Toronto and her native Japan.
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Web Posted - Monday April 17, 2017
Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita to host Tiger Steel percussion concert May 1

Tiger Steel

Arkansas, USA - Ouachita Baptist University will host Tiger Steel, the university’s steel drum ensemble, in concert in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall on Monday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Steel band music makes people smile, which is one of the most powerful reasons to perform music,” said Dr. Ryan Lewis, OBU associate professor of music and director of the ensemble.

“This concert is unique because it will include a musical telling of the story of the steel pan, featuring projected images and information given by two Tiger Steel members who have researched the instrument with me, Dillon Thomas and Aaron Breeding,” Lewis added. “People should come to relax and enjoy some terrific music that will take them to the tropics!”
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Web Posted - Sunday April 16, 2017
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Meet Darrielle Mylan-Charles
Trinidad & Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Darielle Mylan-Charles

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “Compared to the past and what I’ve learnt, the sexism aspect of playing the steelpan and it being considered a “man’s thing” has been mostly if not completely non-existent. We see more women playing the steelpan and being treated as another other player in recent times.”

She is a scholar with a plan and a mission. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist Darrielle Mylan-Charles shares her personal journey and future musical expectations.
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Web Posted - Thursday April 13, 2017
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Meet Marina Marfan
Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Marina Marfan

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “Many times people have commented and told me that I seem to have a glow or a sparkling aura when they see me play the Steel pan instrument. At times I can be lost in my own little world once I start to play or practice on the steel-pan; it may be minutes to hours. The instrument gives me a drive and energy: no matter how tired I may be I always can find the vigour to play.”

She is driven, ultra-focused and immensely talented. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - musician, arranger, and panist Marina Marfan shares her personal journey and passion for the Steel Pan instrument, its culture, and the art form.
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Web Posted - Thursday April 13, 2017
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Pan Clash Jam Sunday
First Sunday of the month from April through September 2017

Pan Clash

London, U.K. - Pan Clash Jam Sunday was even better than the organisers from Steel Pan Trust expected on Sunday 3rd April at The Tabernacle W11. The love and unity of pan players coming together to Jam on a Sunday was phenomenal!

This event is a part of Pan Clash, the annual Soloist Competition for young people that has taken place in October since 2007. This year it is celebrating its 10th year - and is an event endorsed by the British MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards since 2012.

The Director of the Steel Pan Trust Charity, Shareen Gray said, “I have been considering this event for a number of years. The idea was that pan players could come together and have a casual platform to jam and play pan together; like a pan-gym workout....”
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Web Posted - Tuesday April 11, 2017
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Meet Alegbe Temidayo
Nigeria

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Alegbe Temidayo

Woman symbolNigeria - “I have been most proud of my intellectual life as it relates to pan because playing the pan has helped in grooming my mental capacity.”

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist Alegbe Temidayo shares her personal experience and perspective on Pan in Nigeria.
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Web Posted - Monday April 10, 2017
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Reflection and rethinking Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and Phase II Pan Groove

Len "Boogsie" Sharpe and David Boothman

Global - Boogsie’s genius has given to pan music worldwide a musical sophistication that has not yet! been realized and valued.

Fifty years of compositions solely for pan with a pan theater and laboratory called “Phase II Pan Groove.” Phase II’s panyard has become an institution of learning for the best of pan players and musicians in the region and around the world. Since Phase II’s early beginnings in 1972, students and professional panists from the Caribbean, Japan, US, Europe and Africa, have engaged in this laboratory of pan music.
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Web Posted - Saturday April 8, 2017
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Meet Athena Nichole 
New York, USA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Athena Nichole

Woman symbolNew York, USA - “I feel when you truly love something or someone musically, you can NEVER just like one of their pieces. Clive Bradley will always be my favorite arranger because of his inventiveness to create masterpieces.  To name only one song would be bogus, though...  Rebecca, High Mas, In My House and that's just in Trini.  He's truly missed.”

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - veteran panist Athena Nichole shares her wisdom, experiences and intellect through her personal journey with Pan, and the art form as a nurturing environment for youth and community.
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Web Posted - Saturday April 8, 2017
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“Red Head” from Panist Rachel Hayward

Rachel Hayward

Global - Brighton-based multi-instrumentalist Rachel Hayward has launched her new album Red Head to unanimous critical acclaim. A steel pan (better known as the Caribbean steel drum) player of thirty years standing, Rachel has had an eclectic career being equally at home at Carnival or on the concert platform. Red Head is a celebration of women in music — the singers, songwriters, muses, religious icons, lovers and dancers — all performed by ‘Europe’s Top Pan Woman’ on what is arguably the only new chromatic and acoustic instrument of the 20th century. Named after Lord Kitchener’s calypso celebration of the flame-haired ladies, the album takes the listener on a musical and journey through varied styles and genres and amply demonstrates the pan’s capabilities for versatility and for emotional expression.
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Web Posted - Thursday April 6, 2017
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Meet Crystal Noel
Trinidad & Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Crystal Noel

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “...funding is the most serious issue. Pan is hard work - talent or not - and most times the reward for playing pan can never compensate for the long nights on your feet or the 6-7 days of practice just for one competition or one ‘play-out.’ I think if pan was taken more seriously in Trinidad then it can actually be a source of revenue for a lot of people. But as I always say... we don’t do it for the money we do it because we love it.”

She is a veteran double tenor panist for the perennial Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama Champions, Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Crystal Noel shares not only her love for the instrument and culture, but her personal journey and on the minimum required investment in Pan for a successful sustainable global outreach.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 5, 2017
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PanMasters Instrument Fundraiser

PanMasters

Global - During the weekend of February 11- 12, 2017, the Pan Masters Steel Orchestra experienced a personal tragedy. Our secured Music Studio in North Brentwood, Maryland was vandalized and our Truck, Band Equipment and two (2) Color TVs were stolen. Although the Maryland Police has subsequently located the truck, we are challenged with the replacement of band equipment and TVs, truck repair, retuning of damaged instruments and replacement of damaged refrigerator equipment in the Pan Yard.

Pan Masters is requesting financial assistance from our friends and supporters to assist with the replacement cost. Thanks in advance!
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 5, 2017
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Meet Kimberli St. Clair
Trinidad & Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Kimberli St. Clair

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “I am proud of the fact that there are still some people who genuinely love the instrument and just love to play. Those are the people that show that there is still hope for the art form. I am most proud of the fact that women have been allowed into this art form, for I have never found this much contentment. If ever I feel unhappy, arranging is my safe haven.”

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - arranger, panist and entrepreneur Kimberli St. Clair unapologetically shares her intellect and unconditional love for the Steel Pan instrument, its music, and the art form.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 5, 2017
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Meet Junior Pouchet - Founder of Silver Stars, Pan Pioneer, Panist, Arranger & Performing Artist - UpClose!

Von Martin

Global - Producer, author and noted on-air broadcaster Von Martin shares another important documentary on the Pan from his archives. This time we meet the late Pan Pioneer Junior Pouchet - former great captain and founder of Silver Stars Steel Orchestra.
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Web Posted - Sunday April 2, 2017
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Sun Valley Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘Sun Valley Serenade’
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Sun Valley Steel Orchestra

Global - A look at the impact of American movies on the naming of early steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Web Posted - Saturday April 1, 2017
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Meet Isoke Noel
Trinidad & Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Isoke Noel

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “....I love to teach. That feeling of accomplishment you get when your student excels solidifies why I love it so much. But on the other hand, something about the lights that hit you while you are on stage. You get this blissful feeling that lasts a lifetime.”

She is currently working on her BFA in Performing Arts - and there is no doubt that her passion for Pan is off the charts. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - the immensely talented Isoke Noel shares her reflections, experiences and views on Pan, and the steelpan art form overall.
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Web Posted - Friday March 31, 2017
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Meet Shareen Gray
London, UK

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Shareen Gray - Steel Pan Agency

Woman symbolLondon, UK - “....It is my life and livelihood. Everyday I feel blessed that my whole world revolves around steelpan music. Both my business and charity give me so much enjoyment I sometimes feel very spoiled by my ‘fun pan lifestyle’.”

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Shareen Gray, president of Steel Pan Agency, shares her commitment to the forward progress and passion for the steelpan art form & culture as a promoter, player, entrepreneur, and educator.
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Web Posted - Friday March 31, 2017
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Meet Leigh Solomon Pugliano
Pennsylvania, USA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Leigh Solomon Pugliano

Woman symbolPennsylvania, USA - “The steelpan has always been an integral part of my life. As a teenager I performed with my father’s band. As a young adult, I taught in schools, gave lessons, conducted lectures and workshops and continued to perform with my father’s band. I am able to play every pan in the steel band family and excelled on the bass and double gitta [guitar]. As I got older and began working full-time, got married and had children, I continued to play professionally, I could not imagine not playing the steelpan.”

She is an entrepreneur, administrator, educator, and performing panist. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Leigh Solomon Pugliano outlines the means to shaping a forward direction for the steelpan art form in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and providing inspiration to future supporters of Pan.
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Web Posted - Friday March 31, 2017
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In Honor of the Late Earl King

Global - Tribute to a Steel Pan Fanatic and Cultural Ambassador “EARL KING”. Earl was the Founder and first President of J’Ouvert City International, Inc. the organization that is responsible for J’Ouvert held in Brooklyn on Labor Day. Brooklyn J’Ouvert is known for its uniqueness, “Steelpan music only, no amplification and no DJ music”.

“Earl also taught Steelpan music under the auspices of the Board of Education in many After School Programs. He also worked with various organizations teaching the art of playing the Steel Pan instrument. My brother and cultural comrade you will be missed.”
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Web Posted - Friday March 31, 2017
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Meet Erica Renaud
Brooklyn, New York

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Erica Renaud

Woman symbolBrooklyn, New York, USA - “I actually saw the magic of steel pan on Labor Day in Brooklyn in the early 1970s. In those times the steel bands came down Eastern Parkway. There was always the presence of Jab Jab which made me afraid as a child, however I still would find my way to chip with the band.”

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Erica Renaud a veteran Brooklyn panist shares her joy of performing in a champion steel orchestra with the additional pleasure of having her daughter performing by her side. An almost natural phenomenon and common benefit of a family growing up in the steelpan artform.
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Web Posted - Friday March 31, 2017
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Meet Tameeka Garcia-Harris
Brooklyn, New York

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Tameeka Garcia-Harris

Woman symbolBrooklyn, New York, USA - “What keeps me going are my memories of growing up and being a part of pan sides in both St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and Brooklyn, NY during the summer months. Those were the best times of my life. There was a special kind of love and unity amongst the various pan sides.”

She is a performing artist, manager and co-owner of Steel-X-Plosion USA Orchestra. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Tameeka Garcia-Harris shares her joys, concerns and vision for the future of the Steel Pan instrument in New York and abroad.
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Web Posted - Thursday March 30, 2017
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Meet Maurisha Potter
Antigua & Barbuda

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Maurisha Potter

Woman symbolAntigua & Barbuda, W.I. - “You gotta love what you do. It’s going to take a lot of practice, patience and dedication. You will make mistakes along the way but that’s the beauty about mistakes; you learn from them and if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”

Involved in Pan since the age of 12, she is part of a growing and committed group of panists committed to meeting the challenges of continued growth for the steelpan instrument and art form in Antigua and Barbuda. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist Maurisha Potter shares her observations, insight and views on the Pan music art form and culture in Antigua and Barbuda.
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Web Posted - Tuesday March 28, 2017
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Meet Malika Green
Chicago, USA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Malika Green

Woman symbolChicago, USA - For over 23 years the steelpan instrument has been an essential part of the life of this Fulbright scholar, educator, director, arranger and performer. She is currently a Community Engagement Coordinator, Director of Steel Orchestras, working with CYSO - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Malika Green shares her personal journey and perspective on the global reach and influence of the Steel Pan instrument, its music, and the art form in cultivating an environment for change.
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Web Posted - Monday March 27, 2017
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Meet Kerry-Ann Wright
Toronto, Canada

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Kerry-Ann Wright

Woman symbolSt. Lucia, W.I. - “...never forget that being a woman, first and foremost, makes us special; and despite contrary belief, we do not have to act like men in order to be respected and gain success in the industry. Do everything with love and authenticity.”

She is an entrepreneur, a craftsman and innovator. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - multi-talented dancer, instructor, designer and musician Kerry-Ann Wright shares her optimism, expectations and views on the Steel Pan music art form in Toronto and more.
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Web Posted - Monday March 27, 2017
St. Thomas Source

EBO Steel Owls Steel Pan Orchestra Takes Gold in D.C.

The EBO Steel Owls

St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - A group of 11 young musicians from St. Thomas, the The EBO Steel Owls steel pan orchestra, captured gold and received highest honors from judges at the WorldStrides OnStage Music Festival, held Friday through Sunday in Washington, D.C.

The group of students from E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary School and Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, were the youngest performers in this year’s competition, competing against high school music groups from around the country, according to a news release from the V.I. Department of Education.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 26, 2017
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Meet Quill Barthelmy -
St. Lucia, W.I.

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Quill Barthelmy

Woman symbolSt. Lucia, W.I. - “...my main role is to be a mentor, a leader, an organiser and a role model for the entire band. I think it’s very important to have women in lead roles, because this encourages girls and young women to express themselves and take on an active role.”

She is one of the main driving forces behind the success of Panorama Champion, Laborie Steelpan. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - mentor, director, manager and musician Quill Barthelmy shares her experiences, expectations and views on Pan in St. Lucia, and the steelpan art form.
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Web Posted - Friday March 24, 2017
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North Stars Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘The North Star’
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The North Star

Global - A look at the impact of American movies on the naming of early steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Web Posted - Friday March 24, 2017
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Alexander's Ragtime Band (Steelband) of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘Alexander's Ragtime Band’
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Alexander's Ragtime Band

Global - A look at the impact of American movies on the naming of early steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Web Posted - Friday March 24, 2017
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Tripoli Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘To The Shores of Tripoli’
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Web Posted - Thursday March 23, 2017
The Daily Texan

Austin Community Steelband brings harmony to low-income youths

Austin Community Steelband brings harmony to low-income youths

Texas, USA - A steel drum orchestra relies on each musician’s ability to hit their notes, stay on tempo and put in the effort to create a spectacular experience for audiences. A small school in Austin today is carrying out that same mission to teach young students the art of steel band music and how to work together.

....In 2003, Paula Beaird started the Austin Community Steelband school in East Austin as a way to expose youths from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds to a musical world. The program, however, didn’t really find its rhythm until 2007 when other instructors came aboard from Trinidad and Tobago. The teaching staff at the time included musical directors Yohan Popwell and Leon Edwards as well as Natasha Joseph and Carl Caton.

Beaird, who is the executive director, said her goal is to spark the imagination in young people the same way she was captivated by steel band over thirty years ago.

....Beaird was drawn to the sound of steel drums after listening to them for the first time on a blues album by Taj Mahal. Austin Steelband tries to engage students in a similar way by having them practice with songs they like to listen to.
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 22, 2017
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Meet Hallie Blejewski -
Connecticut, USA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Hallie Blejewski

Woman symbolConnecticut, USA - “When I started college, I knew I wanted to be an ethnomusicologist and study music and culture as a career. I didn’t know what type of music I would specialize in. I was very inspired by my ethnomusicology professor, and he was the one who first suggested that I go to Trinidad. I fell in love with steelband music the first time I heard it. The day I bought my first tenor pan from Gill’s Pan Shop was definitely a turning point.”

She is an intellectual - multi-talented, thoughtful and progressive... In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist, musician, educator, PhD candidate, and performing artist Hallie Blejewski shares her reflections, journey and views on Pan, and the steelpan art form.
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2017 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama Review - the Good, Bad and Ugly

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Panorama season—and by extension the Carnival season—was a tumultuous one that was overflowing with enough drama, intrigue, passion and controversy to field a season of Scandal, Empire or Game of Thrones. But in the end there was the music. An abundance of great music created by the finest arrangers, and outstanding performances delivered by the best steel orchestras in the world.

Two songs captured the imagination of Trinidad and Tobago for this 2017 Panorama and Carnival season - “Full Extreme” by Ultimate Rejects and “Good Morning” by Peter Ram. In fact, “Good Morning” became sort of the de-facto “test piece” as no other tune of choice has endeared itself to the steel orchestras as much in recent times. However, on closer inspection Bunji Garlin & Machel Montano’s “Buss Head” or Crazy’s “Gee Gee Ree” would be apropos to telling the complete Panorama season’s story.
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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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 Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - 2017 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - At a glance and on a single page, access the comprehensive summary of results for the Small, Medium and Large conventional steel orchestras participating in their respective categories in the 2017 Panorama.

Follow the musical journey of respective bands through all three phases - preliminaries, semi-finals and finals through data on band info, scores, tunes of choice and arrangers.
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 Tunes of Choice - Trinidad & Tobago Steelband Panorama 2017

Tunes of Choice for Steelband Panorama 2017

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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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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