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Web Posted - Sunday September 30, 2018
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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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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

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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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Behind the Bridge Bad John in NAM

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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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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
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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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