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Web Posted - Thursday October 18, 2018
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FHS Steel Band to compete at State Convention
Foley Steel Band

Alabama, USA - The Foley High School Steel Band was one of six finalists in the Alabama Association of School Bands Entertainment Contest. After statewide voting was completed, the FHS Steel Band received the most votes and will now play at the School Superintendents Convention for the State of Alabama in December.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 16, 2018
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NGC Helps To Preserve Pan
NGC (National Gas Company) Helps To Preserve Pan

Trinidad & Tobago. W.I. - For too long Trinidad and Tobago has not been capitalising on the national instrument.

The MIC and NGC have embarked on a programme which will change that.

It was launched on Monday in Macoya, and Marie-Therese Bernard reports.

And Mark Loquan provides more details: “NGC, together with MIC Institute of Technology, launched the training of 15 panists from NGC Couva Joylanders, NGC La Brea Nightingales, NGC Steel Explosion (Tobago), Gonzales Sheikers. Course involves three six-month cycles (900 hours) over 3 years in:
 - Steelpan construction and tuning
 - Science of sound and history of pan
 - Introduction to sound engineering
 - Music technology & Machine shop (intro)
 - Welding & fabrication (intro)
 - Related Mathematics & science
 - Computer applications.

A step towards self sustainability for bands and continued innovation.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 11, 2018
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New York Pan Pays Homage to Ken “Professor” Philmore
Ken "Professor" Philmore

New York, U.S.A. - Only “Pro” could have accomplished this with nothing but “love” in the house.

It was supposed to be and was, a celebration of the life of one of the biggest names in pan - Ken “Professor” Philmore. But in reality it was simply a reflection on how “Pro” lived his life and his impact on the living. And so on this early Fall evening, the Tropical Paradise Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York was packed with over six decades of New York Pan associates, band leaders, veteran panists and supporters. All there to show their love, respect for and in honor of - the late, both humble and great, Ken “Professor” Philmore. Lots of warmth and friendship.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 11, 2018
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Terry Brathwaite Pays Tribute to cousin - Ken “Professor” Philmore

Ken "Professor" Philmore

England, U.K. - ....Ken was nothing less than a singular talent, a true scientist of sound - self-taught and stellar with a contagious smile!

....Ken’s excellent musical wizardry which he contributed to the pieces he played on, were simply heart-palpitating!....he knew his instrument like any Professor knew his/her subject.

....He and Lord Kitchener were literally a match made in heaven. Now they are together again. So get ready for Lord Kitchener’s “PAN IN ‘A’ MINOR II” featuring the “Professor” as he Rises In Peace.
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Web Posted - Saturday October 6, 2018
When Steel Talks

The Magic Of Ghosts - “Professor” Ken Philmore
by Dalton Narine

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreFlorida, U.S.A. - In the flash of an eye and the within hearing aid of a zeppo, who would have thought that we’ve recently reentered the ancient world, perhaps to be reacquainted in our new world of Pan where, in a sense, magic still abounds.

I do.

I recall, many years ago, Ken “Professor” Philmore on the other end of the phone dragging me out of my house and pulling me into a party that celebrated his birthday.
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Web Posted - Saturday October 6, 2018
When Steel Talks

I remember asking Ken “Professor” Philmore to play his rendition of Stardust - Brian Copeland Tribute

Ken "Professor" Philmore

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....I first met “Pro” while reading for my PhD in Los Angeles, California. Those were brief encounters at two gigs in which he starred. I remember asking him to play his rendition of Stardust, my personal top 10 favorite at the time, which he recorded with Godwin Bowen, Junior Wharwood, Albert Bushe, Jr. and Pedro Lezama.

Later on, some 15 years later, I was proud to have him collaborate with us at the Steelpan Laboratory at UWI (University of the West Indies) in the early days of the development of the Percussive Harmonic Instrument (PHI).
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Web Posted - Saturday October 6, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Sister: Hit-and-run accident claimed Philmore’s life

Pan Royalty: Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore died at the San Fernando General Hospital yesterday, six days after he was in a horrible accident on the Solomon Hochoy Highway.Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A hit-and-run accident is what claimed the life of Ken “Professor” Philmore contrary to earlier reports. In eulogising her brother, yesterday, Antoinette Philmore said he did not run off the road as first reported.

“He was struck from behind. He told us this with his own mouth,” Antoinette told the Newsday after the funeral held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, San Fernando. She said she did not know if police were pursuing the case from this angle, but he was able to give the statement to the cops before he passed.

“He never lost consciousness after the accident and was able to give a statement to the police and to the doctors and tell them that he was hit from behind,” she said as she thanked the police for their prompt response after the accident and taking him to the hospital.
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Web Posted - Saturday October 6, 2018
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Mark Loquan’s Speech at Ken Philmore’s Funeral, SAPA, Trinidad, October 5, 2018

Ken "Professor" Philmore

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Condolences to Sophie, the Philmore family, the extended family which includes the global pan community for the loss of one of the most down to earth human beings one could ever meet.

Words cannot express the loss I feel after being an integral part of Ken’s musical energy, spirit and love creating music together for 11 songs for Panorama, since 2008 from Hooked to Calling Meh to Vibes to Sweet 50. Before meeting him I would always hear of this legend called the “Professor”, who was bigger than life in my mind after hearing Pan by Storm so many times, until we met at a family event on Boxing Day 2005....this bigger than life character in my mind, who turned out to be so simple, regular, and humble.
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Web Posted - Friday October 5, 2018
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The Spirit of Joy - Rubadiri Victor’s Tribute to Ken “Professor” Philmore

Ken "Professor" Philmore

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Gone too soon... That joyful, spritely whisp of energy- full of love and craft- now no more. The passing of Ken “Professor” Philmore is a tragedy in so many ways. Not just because any death by accident and of someone adjudged to be young feels like a breach - but because he was a Genius that never got his due. As arranger. As player… As pioneer. And although Trinidad’s real talent seems to be its genius in disrespecting Heroes- something about Philmore’s passing at this time in our history seems to loom larger as metaphor and indictment. In him I feel we see visible a Genius Soul who had a capacity to command the world- but was restrained and confined by our pettiness and capacity to sabotage our Gifted and our Gifts...
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Web Posted - Friday October 5, 2018
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The Saga of Ellie Man
by Dalton Narine

Ellie Mannette

Global - I surmise that in the age of early Pan on the Road, whenever Ellie Mannette awoke at his home in Trinidad, his morning prayer would be answered right on time.

That behind the distant hills of Laventille comes the promise of the sun.

No doubt, Ellie, a hallmark of power and leadership during Invaders’ glory years in the 1950s and 1960s, found out what he needed for happiness — the magic of thinking big and believing in himself.

As a self-promoter, it must have been quite a chore, choosing to be a special type of person. A genius who put the needs of others behind his.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 4, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Celebrating the life of ‘Professor’

Mavis John signs Ken “Professor” Philmore’s pictureTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The display of love and respect shown for late pan arranger and performer Ken “Professor” Philmore on Monday evening, at Newtown Playboys Steel Orchestra panyard on Tragarete Road, was incomparable.

Hundreds of “mourners” turned up at the panyard and traffic on Tragarete Road came to crawl as the crowd spilled onto the pavement and into the road.

Anybody and everybody in the pan world were present, they came from south, as far east as Sangre Grande, from the west, north and even Tobago.
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Web Posted - Thursday October 4, 2018
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Mack Scott Pays Tribute to Sonatas’ Champion Arranger Ken “Professor” Philmore
We had a gem, a star in the making, such love and passion for the pan

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreNew York, U.S.A. - “Myself and a couple of friends were in Trinidad for Carnival in 1982 and we were told of this young man who played with Fonclaire and was very good, but they won’t give him a chance to arrange. At that time we were looking for someone to arrange for Sonatas, because we had won [New York] Panorama in ‘81 but had to get rid of that arranger because he got too greedy.

....“We met this young guy Ken Philmore, and he told us we have to come to his home and ask his parents which we did. I had to promise them that we would take good care of him; I told them not to worry he would be taken care of.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Leon “Foster” Thomas Pays Homage to Ken “Professor” Philmore
In the Year For Love, the man of love said “Goodbye”

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreFlorida, U.S.A. - “In less than a year, I have lost two of my musical idols: Melton Mustafa and now Ken “Professor” Philmore, both of whom I loved and adored dearly, who took time to school me about not only music, but also about life. However, with the loss of Ken, I find it very difficult to know what my Pan sounds like right now. It is because of Ken that I am where I am today.

Growing up in Pleasantville, San Fernando, Ken “Professor” Philmore was our superstar.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Len “Boogsie” Sharpe Remembers Ken “Professor” Philmore
He’s an icon, he’s an icon

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “All I can tell you is that, “Professor” is my brethren, he will be very missed. A good player – a great player, a great friend – a personal friend of mine. To ‘loss’ a man, who so represent this country a lot, all over the world, you know?

.... I love “Professor”…as a brother. He’s well loved by all the people in the world who playing pan. They know of him, he’s an icon, he’s an icon.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Mike Portnoy To Play On ‘Pan Rocks’ RUSH Tribute Project

Mike PortnoyCalifornia, USA - Steel drum orchestra Pan Rocks will enter the studio this fall to record its tribute to RUSH. Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER) will handle drumming duties. The bassist and guitarist will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I am excited to take part in this unique musical experience, which is unlike anything I have done yet in my career,” says Mike Portnoy. “And it is always an honor to pay tribute to one of my biggest inspirations, my hero and friend, Mr. Neil Peart.”

Pan Rocks is a 50-to-100-plus-piece steel drum orchestra founded by rock steelpanist Tracy Thornton. The RUSH recording is a follow up to the 2017 Pan Rocks “Project LA”, which featured the music of LED ZEPPELIN, KISS and JANE’S ADDICTION, all performed by the steel drum orchestra and a band consisting of Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, SONS OF APOLLO), Stephen Perkins (JANE’S ADDICTION, PORNO FOR PYROS), Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS), and Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD).

Thornton has once again called on Matt Starr (MR. BIG, ACE FREHLEY) to produce the new project. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help Tracy realize his vision for this amazing project,” says Starr. “Hearing 50 steel pan drummers play RUSH is just mind-blowing. I can’t wait for everyone else experience it.”

The Pan Rocks orchestra is made up of steel panists from around the world.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 3, 2018
When Steel Talks

Duvone Stewart Remembers Ken “Professor” Philmore
I recall seeing this small yet larger-than-life character on stage

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - I vividly remember as a young boy coming to Trinidad from Tobago in 1985 to attend the National School Steelband Music Festival at the Jean Pierre Complex with the Trintoc Tobago Youth Steelband. I recall seeing this small yet larger-than-life character on stage with the Pleasantville Senior Comprehensive School performing Crazy’s ‘Suck Meh Soucouyant.’ His personality was so magnetic and infectious, that I was captivated from start to end. Not to mention, he had immense flair and was some sort of style extraordinaire as I recall witnessing three costume changes that day.
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Web Posted - Tuesday October 2, 2018
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Von Martin Remembers Ken “Professor” Philmore
Ken ‘Professor’ was truly a unique kind, he lived for pan

Ken “Professor” PhilmoreWashington, D.C., USA -Within a little more than a month the global Pan fraternity has lost another icon of the movement. First Ellie Mannette, then now Ken “Professor” Philmore. We are still in shock, a young man, in his prime and moving towards his zenith. I first met Ken, “Professor” about 30 years ago as he visited Washington DC to perform and he jokingly told me as I prepared to interview him, he was teaching his friend and relative Arthur Griffith the business about managing an artist.

....Ken was one of a kind. I don’t think there will be another like him. The love he showered on this instrument was unique. I used to say he played his instrument with passion....He knew what he was doing and displayed joy in doing it.
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Web Posted - Wednesday October 3, 2018
When Steel Talks

Arranger Ken “Professor” Philmore Remembered

Ken "Professor" Philmore

Global - Ray Holman, Pelham Goddard, Michelle Huggins-Watts, Dr. Dawn Batson and Liam Teague among others - join members of the global steelband music community in sharing their thoughts and memories on the late iconic musician Ken “Professor” Philmore.
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Web Posted - Monday October 1, 2018
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Philmore dies from cardiac arrest

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....Ken “Professor” Philmore, who had been sedated following major surgery on Wednesday, was put on life support at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Sunday morning because he could no longer breathe on his own. He went into cardiac arrest yesterday morning and despite attempts by doctors to resuscitate him, was pronounced dead at 9.05 a.m. His wife Sophia was standing in the lobby at the time of his death.

South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) Medical Director of Health Dr Albert Persaud said medical staff did everything they could to save Philmore, but his injuries were severe. Persaud said Philmore had been in critical condition since the accident on Republic Day with injuries to his ribs and lungs.

“We did everything possible and he got the best treatment that Trinidad and Tobago could have afforded him, which was as good as anywhere else in the world. Sometimes people sustain injuries that put them on a very critical list. We, of course, are taken aback by his passing, but he was badly injured,” Persaud said.
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Web Posted - Sunday September 30, 2018
When Steel Talks

Grenada Steel Band Association Remembers Ken “Professor” Philmore
The Passing of An Icon

Logo for Grenada Steel Band Association (GSBA)Grenada, W.I. - It is with our deepest sympathy that we extend our prayers to the family and friends of Steel pan icon, Mr. Ken “Professor” Philmore.

On behalf of the entire steel band fraternity of Grenada, we pray that Almighty God will strengthen you in your time of grief.

The circumstances surrounding the passing of this icon can only be viewed as unfortunate and untimely.

The footprints “Professor” left will always be recorded in our history, they will always form part of the legacy and times of the global steel pan movement and for this we are eternally grateful.
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Web Posted - Sunday September 30, 2018
When Steel Talks

Condolences to The Family of Ken “Professor” Philmore - from the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago

The Coat of Arms of the Republic of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It is with deep sadness the Minister of Communications, the Honourable Stuart Young extends condolences to the family of ace panist, Ken “Professor” Philmore who died at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando General Hospital earlier today.

....Minister Young acknowledged Philmore’s invaluable contribution to the musical landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.

“Through his music he did this country proud wherever he played, bringing recognition not only to our country but to our beloved national instrument, the steelpan. He showed us that through dedication and love for the artform, it was possible to become one of the best,” said Young.
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Web Posted - Sunday September 30, 2018
When Steel Talks

New York Champion Arranger Ken “Professor” Philmore Dies From Injuries Sustained In Vehicular Accident In Trinidad

Ken "Professor" Philmore

Global - Music lovers are mourning the loss of steelband icon Ken “Professor” Philmore who passed away around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday 30, 2018. Philmore had been badly injured in a vehicular accident on September 24 in his homeland of Trinidad.

....The talent and skill set of Philmore as a performing artist, composer and arranger have been utilized worldwide.  As arranger for New York’s Sonatas Steel Orchestra, “Pro”—as he was affectionately known—took the championship steel orchestra to six New York steelband Panorama titles in the 1980s.

The legendary steelpan performing artist was also looked upon as an “Ambassador” of the steelband art form, having been in continuous demand around the world.

Accolades and condolences continue to pour in from around the globe as admirers and musicians learn of Philmore’s passing.
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Web Posted - Sunday September 30, 2018
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Ken “Professor” Philmore has died

Ken "Professor" Philmore

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan extraordinaire Ken “Professor” Philmore, has died.

Philmore was badly injured in an accident along the Solomon Hochoy Highway on Monday and was warded at the San Fernando General Hospital in a serious condition.

He died at hospital just after 9 a.m. today.

Philmore was one of the most talented panists in T&T.

He was the third of five children and got his early introduction into pan through his cousins Ferdi and Barry Brathwaite. He first played with Hatters.

Later, he moved to Kalomo Kings in 1977 and then to Gay Hoytonians before he finally settled with Fonclaire Steel Orchestra in 1981.
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Web Posted - Saturday September 29, 2018
When Steel Talks

2018 New York Panorama - CASYM Steel Orchestra - “Year For Love” - Video - Cool Down Version

CASYM Steel Orchestra - 2018 Panorama Band Logo - WST

New York, USA - In spite of a very trying year for CASYM Steel Orchestra, the band rallied its “troops” and put on an impressive performance for the 2018 New York Panorama - one that apparently almost got them the championship (they went on to place second in the competition). CASYM ‘brought the ‘Fire’’ - and ‘Love’ to Kendall Williams’ arrangement of “Year For Love.” This is the ‘Cool Down’ version as captured by Basement Recordings just days before the Panorama.
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Web Posted - Friday September 28, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Beloved pan found in bushes
Hours-long search

SAFE: Sherwin Cooper with the tenor pan belonging to ace panman Ken “Professor” Philmore hours after an accident off the Churchill Roosevelt Highway on Monday.Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Tenor pan which ace panist Ken “Professor” Philmore owns, loves and takes with him whenever and wherever he performs, was found in bushes near the scene of an accident which left Philmore warded at hospital.

Philmore suffered major injuries in the accident and his van was badly damaged but his beloved tenor pan, which he has had for the past 28 years, was found without a scratch.

One of the first things Philmore asked loved ones when he regained consciousness at San Fernando General Hospital was the fate of his pan which was in his van during the accident. Told that his pan was safe and undamaged, relatives said, Philmore smiled contentedly.
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Web Posted - Thursday September 27, 2018
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2018 New York Panorama - CASYM Steel Orchestra - “Year For Love” - Video - Tempo Version

CASYM Steel Orchestra - 2018 Panorama Band Logo - WST

New York, USA - In spite of a very trying year for CASYM Steel Orchestra, the band rallied its “troops” and put on an impressive performance for the 2018 New York Panorama - one that apparently almost got them the championship (they went on to place second in the competition). CASYM ‘brought the ‘Fire’’ - and ‘Love’ to Kendall Williams’ arrangement of “Year For Love.” This is the ‘Tempo’ version as captured by Basement Recordings just days before the Panorama.
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Web Posted - Wednesday September 26, 2018
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2018 New York Panorama Champion - Despers USA Steel Orchestra - “Year For Love” - Video - Tempo Version

Despers USA Steel Orchestra - 2018 Panorama Champs Logo - WST

New York, USA - Basement Recordings captures the eventual 2018 New York Panorama champions, as they prepare for the competition just days before the event. Despers USA Steel Orchestra performed an Odie Franklin-arrangement of “Year For Love.” This is the ‘Tempo’ version. New York Panorama is a major highlight and precursor to the annual West Indian American Day Parade. Despers USA took the stage with over 80 players.
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Web Posted - Wednesday September 26, 2018
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2018 New York Panorama Champion - Despers USA Steel Orchestra - “Year For Love” - Video - Cool Down Version

Despers USA Steel Orchestra - 2018 Panorama Champs Logo - WST

New York, USA - Basement Recordings captures the eventual 2018 New York Panorama champions, as they prepare for the competition just days before the event. Despers USA Steel Orchestra performed an Odie Franklin-arrangement of “Year For Love.” This is the ‘Cool Down’ version. New York Panorama is a major highlight and precursor to the annual West Indian American Day Parade. Despers USA took the stage with over 80 players.
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Web Posted - Monday September 24, 2018
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THE MISSION (1968)
Behind the Bridge Bad John in NAM

by Dalton Narine

Dalton NarineGlobal - All night long, her flaxen hair shimmying like disco lights in the full moon, the river showered its blessings on our predicament. In the pitch of the blackout, the candle on the bamboo table flickered wanly; the wick, ungraceful in the gluey wax, wasting away. How grateful I was that a compassionate moon loitered above the upstairs porch while we, the matter and I, a Trini in Nam, deliberated over an argument for spiritual mediation.

....The Saigon sun was already rinsing its face in the river when my girl and I tangled out of the sofa, bedraggled like leftover trees in a storm. Like rubber trees in the Michelin Plantation following a napalm run by F-100 fighter jets slamming the VC up and down the infamous Iron Triangle. I nourish no suspicion toward occult lore (though it grew up around me on Laventille hill, Belmont and Behind the Bridge. So the bellwether might well have been a nod to the order of the day. It would take more than an omen, I swear, for me to back out of the task at hand.
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Web Posted - Sunday September 23, 2018
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Roxanne Fletcher: ‘Panning’ Between Banking And Music
Roxanne Fletcher performs with UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra

Jamaica, W.I. - When Roxanne Fletcher plays pan, she goes into a different plane.

As she rehearsed with the UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra recently, the rhythm, created with every strike of the contoured steel drums, seemed to electrify the Miss Curvy Jamaica 2018 contestant.

"Pan music is unique and beautiful. The sound is crisp, clean and is very relaxing," Fletcher said as she performed an interpretation of the jazzy Bob Marley hit, We Jammin’, with the orchestra.

....A mobile teller at JN Bank by day, many of Fletcher’s evenings are spent playing music, which she says has captured her heart.

"I was in my second year on campus when I saw a flyer inviting persons to join the orchestra. I turned up for the rehearsal, liked what I saw, and I've been hooked to the music since. It took her only two quick weeks to learn the basic techniques, she related, pointing out that it was always her desire as a youngster to learn music.

....Now an accomplished panist, Fletcher plays double seconds and tenor bass pans, which produce the harmony and baseline.
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Web Posted - Saturday September 22, 2018
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Charity helps over 50s to play the pans
First Time for Everything event - pan players people over 50

Northumberland, England - People with a passion for trying something new have been learning to play pan drums with the Cramlington Caribbean Crew.

Twelve budding drummers were tutored in chords, scales and how to play tunes on the instruments by Claire Falcus, founder and musical director of the charity, music tutor Jenny Chan, and youth music leaders Jack and Rebecca.

The session was part of First Time for Everything, a programme designed by the Royal Voluntary Service and Prudential to give people over 50 in Northumberland the opportunity to try something new free in their community.
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Web Posted - Sunday September 9, 2018
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J’Ouvert City International, Inc. (JCI) - New York J’Ouvert 2018 Results

Winning Individual Female - Sandra Bell - Pagwah - J’Ouvert 2018 - Brooklyn, New York

New York, USA - J’Ouvert City International kicked off its 2018 celebration by honoring 25 individuals from our community who have worked hard behind the scenes to ensure that our culture is maintained in Central Brooklyn. They were known as “J’Ouvert Cultural Ambassadors”.

J’Ouvert 2018 will go down in history as a splendid demonstration of heritage, national pride and community cooperation. The pre-dawn celebration which takes place in the heart of Central Brooklyn was incident-free. The participating bands of which there were more than 25 displayed exotic themes...
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Web Posted - Monday September 3, 2018
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Despers USA Takes 2018 New York Panorama Championship After Twenty Years - with Champion Arranger Odie Franklin

Despers USA Steel Orchestra - 2018 Panorama Champs Logo - WST

New York, USA -  As per the song, 2018 has been the Year For Love - and the year that Despers USA Steel Orchestra ended nineteen winless years of participating in the annual New York Panorama, capturing its seventh championship title in the process. Despers USA came out swinging with a high-energy performance that hugged now-newly-minted champion arranger Odie Franklin’s outstanding musical blueprint. On a night laced with credible performances of a high nature Despers USA clearly made a statement. Playing in the final position, number seven, the band was also the fourth on this night to choose a song that this year has become so very popular for its positivity while maintaining its stark commentary on life.

The quiet storm known as Odie Franklin hit New York on September 1, 2018 - full blast, with full effect. No one can act like they didn’t see it coming.
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Web Posted - Monday September 3, 2018
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NCC: Official Statement on Disbursement of Outstanding Payments to Steelband Players in Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The National Carnival Commission (NCC) of Trinidad and Tobago and Pan Trinbago continue to work together in the best interest of resolving ongoing financial challenges and, more specifically, toward resolving the matter of the outstanding payments due to several members within the Steel Pan community.

As at this time, discussions are currently taking place with respect to identifying and accessing the funds and making them available for disbursement to the community as quickly and as accurately as possible.
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Web Posted - Sunday September 2, 2018
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New York 2018 Panorama Results - Despers USA Steel Orchestra Snags first Championship in Twenty Years!

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New York, USA -  Despers USA last won the New York Panorama back in 1998.  In 2018, that all changed when the steel orchestra snatched the crown of musical supremacy from six other challengers. Odie Franklin became a champion arranger when the band delivered the winning performance of his vision for ‘Year For Love.’
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 2018 Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama Info - Complete

Carnival and Panorama 2018

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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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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