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Web Posted - Monday July 30, 2018
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FIU Investigating Financial Irregularities in Local Steelband

Grenada, W.I. -  A leading and influential figure in the steelband movement is now formally under investigation by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) for alleged financial irregularities.

THE NEW TODAY understands from reliable sources that the person was interviewed on Friday by the FIU based on a formal complaint lodged against him by a steel orchaestra that he had headed for several years.

....Another senior member of the band involved confirmed to this newspaper that a file has been handed over to the FIU and the individual was called in to be questioned on certain financial dealings involving the band’s money.

The file was handed over after several behind the scene manoeuvres to reach a settlement on alleged misappropriation of the band’s funds.

....THE NEW TODAY also understands that both the FIU and Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) might also be called in by government to investigate the use of funds given last year by the Spicemas Corporation (SMC) to build a stage for the holding of the 2017 panorama competition.

Government was forced to set up a two-man Commission of Inquiry after the show was called off at the last minute as the stage was not built.
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Web Posted - Monday July 30, 2018

Study-abroad course dives into engineering unique musical instrument
Sound engineering -- These four electrical and computer engineering majors are currently in Trinidad and Tobago for the study-abroad course "Engineering the Steelpan," with Samantha Carey (center) leading a Laker Takeover on the SUNY Oswego Instagram channel

Oswego, New York, USA - Four students are currently in Trinidad and Tobago designing prototypes for the Caribbean country's national musical instrument in the new course "Engineering the Steelpan," taught by electrical and computer engineering faculty member Marianne Hromalik.

Hromalik, who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, earned a SUNY Chancellor’s Grant for Innovative Study-Abroad Programs for 2017-18 to support creation of the course and to defray costs of the four students traveling. The instrument, which resembles a steel drum, has “a very complex shell” that involves layering to create a distinct sound, Hromalik explained. “There is a lot of folk knowledge about it but not a lot of scientific knowledge.”

The students will work with Hromalik to create a model, a blueprint for building a better steelpan. The initial prototype and testing will be part of a multi-year project, with future classes returning to refine the process.
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Web Posted - Saturday July 28, 2018
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Antigua & Barbuda National Steelband Panorama 2018 - Order of Appearance

St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Nine steel orchestras, including defending champs Hells Gate Steel Orchestra, take the stage one week from now in the country’s annual steelband Panorama competition.

The order of appearance for the August 4 competition has been pulled.  The defending champs who performed last in the 2017 competition, are first up this time around.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 26, 2018
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Summer Music Series: Mango Groove Band Leader Crafts Steel Drums in Conway

New Hampshire, USA - “This is the kind of hammers I use to sync the drums, right. So these hook up to an air compressor. I just had the boom-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom, you know, hit it all the way down.”

Rollnick have been playing the instrument since he heard a steel band play at a festival in the 80s. But a steel drum that sounds just right can be hard to find in the U.S. So he found a book on how to build them. How to take 55 gallon barrels and turn them into instruments.

“I was building these drums and they weren't sounding like I wanted them to sound, so my wife Janet said, ‘Well, we should go to Trinidad, where they came from--they originated there--and check them out.’”

....The members of the Mango Groove are all white. Some Trinidadian panists see the instrument spread around the globe as an extension of colonialism, a form of cultural appropriation when a dominant culture adopts parts of a minority culture.

Rollnick says he’s thought about that....
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Web Posted - Thursday July 26, 2018
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Antigua & Barbuda National Panorama Steelband Music Competition
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St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - In one week there will be a rematch of nine steel orchestras in the steelband musical meet-up, known as the annual Antigua & Barbuda National Panorama. On Saturday August 4, 2018 in St. John’s, the title of Panorama champions will be up for grabs once more with East Vibes, Ebonites, Gemonites, Halcyon, Harmonites International, Original, Panache and West Side Symphony steel orchestras all determined to wrest it from Hells Gate who are the reigning champions. They are musically led by champion arranger Khan Cordice.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 26, 2018
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Pan Trinbago Calls Extraordinary General Meeting

Pan Trinbago logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago Inc. will be convening an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Thursday 23rd August 2018 at the Communication Workers Union Hall, 146 Henry Street, Port of Spain, at 5:00 p.m.

Members have been given the mandatory twenty-eight (28) days prior notice of the above meeting called by the President.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 22, 2018 - Long Island

‘Steel Impressions’ family band spotlights Caribbean culture
O.V. Solomon, left, with daughter Tunisia

Long Island, New York, USA - Long Island’s own Steel Impressions Steel Band is putting a spotlight on Caribbean culture through music.

The band says they are the only family steel band on Long Island.

O.V. Solomon came to the U.S. from Guyana and taught each of his children to play at a young age.

"It's very important to continue,” said Solomon. “I love the fact that they have new ideas and modern moves to add to help to keep this instrument alive."

The group plays drums made by O.V.'s brother and they are managed by wife and mother Angela Agard, who hails from St. Lucia.

"This is a family that's doing their best to hold everything together and the way that we do that is through the music through the culture," says Agard.
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Web Posted - Friday July 20, 2018
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Good vibes, food and fun in store for KFC Herald fair
Good music and delicious food is on the menu at the KFC Herald Country Fair
Westering High School Steel band members, from left, Jody Koesnel, 18, Bulelwa Pikinini, 17, and Yeshria Pillay, 18, tune up for the KFC Herald Country Fair on August 25.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa -  Good music and delicious food is on the menu at the KFC Herald Country Fair at Holmeleigh Farmyard on Saturday August 25.

The Westering High School steel band, which consists of 12 members from grades 10 to 12, will perform at 2 p.m.

The band’s repertoire consists of old and new music, including Pretty Woman, Bad, Lady Soul and Human, to name but a few.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 19, 2018
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Barbados, W.I. -  Argentinian reggae artiste Fidel Nadal has fallen in love with the sweet sounds of the steel pan after his first visit to Barbados.

Nadal informed Bajan Vibes that he is considering including the piercing sound of the steel pan in his future works after being exposed to the instrument while participating in last weekend’s pan-filled events, Pan Fusion and Pan Pun De Sand.

“I am looking forward to making a video and a song with the steel pan band. I want to do it because I feel the vibes,” Nadal revealed.

“I have never sung with a steel pan band. I have always worked with regular instruments, bass, guitar, and keyboard but …for me, it is amazing that the steel pan makes the sounds of all the instruments, all the cords,” he added.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 19, 2018

Mannette Festival of Steel Celebrates the steel drum in Morgantown
The 2018 Manette Festival of Steel being held in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

West Virginia, USA -   It's a tropical beat that is recognized all over the world.

The Mannette Festival of Steel being held in Morgantown is exposing the steel pan community to new works of steelband music and providing an opportunity for composers to showcase their works.

"From all different parts of the U.S., we come to collaborate with steel pan arrangers, celebrity arrangers, form all over the world," said Duvone Stewart, Faculty Teacher.

Various performances have been held throughout the week, featuring pan artists from all over the country.

"It's such an infectious instrument....”

....Ellie Mannette, known as the "The father of the modern steel pan instrument" resides in Morgantown. He has been a big part of the evolution of the steel drum.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 17, 2018

Belle Terre Elementary teacher fundraises to expand student steel drum band, sharing her passion for the culture of Trinidad
BTES teacher Ashley Allen needs to raise over $600 to buy two more tenor steel drums for her students
BTES teacher Ashley Allen needs to raise over $600 to buy two more tenor steel drums for her students

Florida, USA -  Belle Terre Elementary School (BTES) is hoping to keep creating the sound of the islands in the land of the Bobcats — the island of Trinidad, to be exact.

BTES sixth-grade teacher Ashley Allen and her husband, Matanzas High School fine arts teacher Jared Allen, have a passion for steel drums, and they’re sharing that passion with their students.

The pair have visited Trinidad, where steel drums originated, about five or six times since March 2014, the most recent being February 2017.

....She is working to secure more than $600 to meet their about $1,000 goal on to be able to purchase two new tenor steel drums for the BTES Bobcat Steel, a steel drum after-school club started at Belle Terre this past spring.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 12, 2018

Song Premiere: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra feat. Béla Fleck “Focus Poem”
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North Carolina, USA -  Composer and steel pan player Jonathan Scales will release a new album with his Fourchestra outfit, PILLAR, on September 14, and today we premiere one of the record's tracks, "Focus Poem," which features special guest Béla Fleck on banjo and puts the two bandleaders on display, as they intertwine the unique sounds of their respective instruments in complex and intricate lines.

"Personally, this piece is an instrumental soundtrack to pushing forward one step at a time, as insurmountable as the path may seem," Scales tells Relix.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 10, 2018
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New York’s 2018 Steelband Summer Sizzles At NY Pan Stars Band Launch
New York Pan Stars Steel Orchestra at its 2018 band launch

New York, USA - In a sky devoid of stars, a lone satellite pulsing brightly moved in over Pantonic’s East Flatbush pan yard, as if to let all know it was reserving an early seat and would be watching everything that transpired on this night, as this was one of the best community live music tickets in town. Shortly thereafter, a bright New York full moon moved into the frame and said “I’m here for the night - let the show being.” The temperature was over 90 degrees on the ground. And if there was a roof over the performing steelbands it would have been on fire - as a direct result when each band kept raising the temperature with their respective performances.
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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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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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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

Emperor Star Wars

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

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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