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The Bradley Years represent the definitive collection of steelband music arrangements and performances for a large steel orchestra. This collection showcases seven classic arrangements from the master arranger Clive Bradley.  Bradley is considered to be the best steelband music arranger ever by many, including his peers.  In addition, the arrangements are performed by one of the finest steelbands in the world, New York’s Pantonic Steel Orchestra. Clive Bradley had a very special relationship with Pantonic.  This orchestra clinched the title of panorama champions five times in seven years - performing Bradley’s musical works.  The performances were captured by Basement Recordings days before, and in one instance, mere moments before they took the stage for the prestigious annual steelband music panorama competition. 

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Web Posted - Wednesday April 23, 2014
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Sullivan High School Steel Drum Corps Visits Hamburg

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Chicago, USA - From May 5–13, 2014, the Hamburg Committee of CSCI is sponsoring Sullivan High School’s Steel Drum Corps visit to Altona Gymnasium school in Hamburg as part of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Hamburg. Sullivan’s Steel Drum Corps is scheduled to perform at the international Comenius Festival, the Hamburg Harbor Birthday Festival and other venues.

The project is an extension of the German exchange program that has been such a success for both Sullivan High School and Altona Gymnasium in Hamburg. This exchange was suggested and supported by the Hamburg Committee of CSCI. The project focuses on the diversity shared by both schools. Six students and two staff members will be going to Hamburg as part of the Steel Drum Project.
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Web Posted - Tuesday April 22, 2014
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SVSU and St. Louis High School steel bands to feature Green Day, Michael Jackson songs
 

Michigan, USA - Saginaw Valley State University and St. Louis High School will team for a steel drum concert Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in SVSU's Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.

The event will feature members of SVSU's student musical group, SVSU Valley Steel, as well as the St. Louis High School steel band and steel combo. In all, 33 musicians will perform songs such as Richard Berry's "Louie, Louie," Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man," Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown," and a medley of Michael Jackson music.
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Web Posted - Monday April 21, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Point mayor: No Borough Day without pan

Members of Diatonic Pan Institute of Siparia performing during the Glorious Steel Fest launch held at the Victor Chin Kit Park, Point Fortin on Saturday during the Point Fortin Borough Day 2014 celebration launch.
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul says there will be no Borough Day celebrations without T&T’s national instrument, the steelpan. Speaking on Saturday night, Paul adamantly declared that steelpan will remain a permanent fixture of Borough Day celebrations, which officially kick off tomorrow night. Addressing the formal launch of Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations on Saturday evening at Victor Chin Kit Park in Point Fortin, Paul said there are some calling for steelpan to be removed from the annual celebrations.

However he said he will not allow that to happen.
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Web Posted - Monday April 21, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Pan Trinbago owes panists $2m for Pan is Beautiful XII

Musical conductor Akua Leith leads Clico Sforzata Steel Orchestra in the performance of the tune-of-choice Jupiter—The Bringer of Jollity composed by Gustav Holst during Saturday’s preliminaries of Pan Is Beautiful XII, National Steelband Music Festival held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago still owes $2.1 million in prize money and trophies to steel orchestras and participants of the Pan is Beautiful XII national steelband festival, held in November 2013. Now five months since the competition, the participating steel bands intend to meet on Thursday 24 April 2014 to decide on what action they should take against festival organisers. The meeting will be hosted at the pan yard of third-place winners in the Single Pan Bands category, ‘D’ Original Woodbrook Modernaires, who are owed TT$70,000.

Pan Trinbago’s other creditors from the competition include first place winners in the Orchestras’ category, Codrington Pan Family; Golden Hands, winners of the Ensembles category and solo pannist Joshua Jabari Bedeau, who won the Soloists finals. Emond Berkeley, an executive member of the ‘D’ Original Woodbrook Modernaires, explained that it was only after the festival had ended, that “Pan Trinbago people told us that they did not get the money from the ministry.” 
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Web Posted - Sunday April 20, 2014
Trinidad Express Newspapers

Beyond the bacchanal
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - In his classic Beyond a Boundary, CLR James used cricket as the vehicle for analysing the social environment in T&T including its social stratification.

....Apart from valid concerns about the increasing vulgarity in the mas there was the usual bacchanal and controversy with protests over the results of several competitions. The disputes included the prestigious Band of the Year title which went to a steelband, the popular Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars....While there may be some justification in questioning the criteria used to select a winner, it is still an important victory as it points to some new possibilities for the steelband movement.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 16, 2014
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From Siparia to Soweto with Siparia Deltones Steel Orchestra & Hugh Masekela

Album launch set for May 2014

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Global - A steel orchestra and trumpet collaboration between Trinidad's Siparia Deltones and world-renowned Hugh Masekela has produced the album “Siparia to Soweto,” now set to launch in May 2014. This trans-Atlantic collaboration between the iconic South African trumpeter and the Petrotrin Siparia Deltones Steel Orchestra would first be showcased in a gala ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on May 8th, to be followed on May 10th with a concert at the Siparia Deltones Pan Theater, Railway Road, Siparia, in south Trinidad. Collaborating on this project is Trinidad & Tobago's Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism in the role of Executive Producer on the album.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 16, 2014
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Spotlight on one-time Belafonte Ensemble Steelpan Troubadour - Caldera Caraballo

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New York, USA - One of the most fabled of the Trinidadian steelpan exponents transitioning to the New York scene decades ago, Caldera Caraballo, whose exploits included a stint in Harry Belafonte’s touring troupe, will be the focus of attention at the next collaboration of the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute and Medgar Evers College’s School of Professional & Community Development on Friday, May 2. The forum reviewing the often trail-blazing career of Caldera Caraballo will take place in the Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall on the Medgar Evers College campus, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
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Web Posted - Tuesday April 15, 2014
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Despers USA Steel Orchestra Juniors Spring Into Music


The Despers Junior Band performs at “Spring Into Music”
 

New York, USA - It was a special evening for the youth. It was a great evening for the parents. It was an exceptional evening for the Brooklyn community on this early Spring Day. It was a wonderful evening for Pan. And it was a special evening for Despers USA and Epiphany Lutheran Church. That’s pretty much all you needed to know - end of story. Right?

But in actuality and reality this is the beginning of the story. In an event appropriately called “Spring Into Music” held at Epiphany Lutheran Jesus Joy Center on the Epiphany Lutheran Church campus in Brooklyn, New York - it was, and no pun intended a complete “joy” for the packed house of performers, parents, teachers, community residents and supporters.
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Web Posted - Tuesday April 15, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Sponsor’s cuts hurt pan
 

Deputy Mayor of Port-of-Spain Kerron Valentine, left, presents Kern Lopez with an award for best young arranger at Pan Trinbago’s Northern Region Carnival 2014 prize-giving ceremony at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, on Friday night.Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Funding continues to be a major challenge to Pan Trinbago. This was reiterated last Friday when the Northern Region of the organisation hosted its Carnival 2014 prize-giving ceremony, hosted by Earl Morris, at the VIP Lounge in the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.

Trophies and cheques were presented to the winners of the J’Ouvert morning Bomb and Groovy Soca competitions. A special award was also made to Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars for winning this year’s Band (Large) of the Year.
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Web Posted - Monday April 14, 2014
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Ashley “Asho” “Dosh” George of Antigua’s Hells Gate Steel Orchestra, Remembered

Ashley George
 

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Ashley George, nicknamed “Asho”, “Postman” and “Dosh” (commonly referred to as “Dosh” by the members of Antigua’s LIME Hells Gate Steel Orchestra), was originally from the island of Dominica; he migrated to Antigua at the tender age of 6 years. “Dosh” lived in “The Point” from the time of his arrival in Antigua, until 1990, when he moved to Skerritt’s Pasture. He passed away on 9 April 2014.
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Web Posted - Monday April 14, 2014
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Celebrate the steel pan sounds of the Caribbean with Toronto students

Winona Drive Public School students perform during the 25th anniversary of the Toronto District School Board's Panfest, on Thursday at the Bickford Centre.
 

Toronto, Canada - For the past 25 years, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has enriched its music programming by giving students a taste of the Caribbean.

The TDSB has hosted its annual Panfest celebration, in which students from schools across the board have played steel pan drums, every year since 1989.

While the initiative started out small, it has grown to the point where some 700 students from 33 schools now take part in steel pan instruction and performance.
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Web Posted - Monday April 14, 2014
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Australia and New Zealand launch major Strategic Steelband Initiative

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Australia - In April 2013 at the 1st Australia Steelband Festival, the world got a glimpse into the tremendous progress pan has made on the distant shores of Australia, New Zealand and even Oman.

There one witnessed wonderful pan performances of several steelbands including Pantastic, Rivercity Steel Band, Cairns Pan Stars Steel Orchestra, and also Carnival parades, goat racing, and high quality entertainment. Since that time, other steelbands have been formed such as Perth Pandemix and CaribVic Steelband, and still others are in the making. As a result of the impetus provided by the festival, the steelbands in Australia and New Zealand have recently been organising themselves for the future.
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Web Posted - Saturday April 12, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Eight top steelbands take stage at NAPA
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation (LSFF) will in May present a concert titled 8 of Hearts at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain. The concert features reigning National Panorama champion Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove along with the other seven top placing Large Conventional steel orchestras in the finals of the 2014 National Panorama championships. This which event takes place on May 16 and 17 will see performances by Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars, bpTT Renegades, Witco Desperadoes, Republic Bank Exodus, CAL Invaders, PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars and Skiffle Steel.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 9, 2014
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Meet Jonathan Scales - UpClose!
 

Jonathan ScalesGlobal -  “...I just so happen to love the instrument, and the culture and everything that goes behind it - like Trinidad, calypso... once I got into pan, I really got into it. And as a composer I was coming from like a film score background - like film score, and just progressive classical music - when I wrote the music, I wanted to write on pan, it was perceived - “Oh man, this is something different....”” Jonathan Scales

No longer a foursome, now an ace trio - the members of Fourchestra have stepped up their game. Led by panist, composer and performing artist Jonathan Scales - he speaks on the beginning, to the here and now... An exclusive When Steel Talks interview with Jonathan Scales, in his own words.
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Web Posted - Tuesday April 8, 2014
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Trinidad & Tobago 2014 Panorama 3-CD Compilation Available
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The long-awaited official Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2014 CD compilation is completed and available. The three-disc set is the collection of the steelband finalists recaptured as they perform their Panorama selections. It features twenty-seven tracks including six bonus tracks.

On CD1 are Invaders, Fonclaire, La Brea Nightingales, Desperadoes, Tropical Angel Harps, Exodus, Silver Stars, Skiffle and Trinidad All Stars steel orchestras. Featured on CD2 are national champions Phase II Pan Groove, along with Renegades, Melodians, Dixieland, Steel Xplosion, Pan Elders, Valley Harps, Katzenjammers and Couva Joylanders steel orchestras.
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Web Posted - Sunday April 6, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

$47M to fix Pan HQ
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Housing Minister, Dr Roodal Moonilal, said it will take $47 million to fix the incomplete Pan Trinbago headquarters on the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway.

Speaking on the Finance Bill 2014 last Friday night in the Lower House, Moonilal scoffed that the building had originally been designed to hold two storeys but that someone had decided to insert an extra floor without raising the roof.

Describing the structure as a “two-and-a-half storey” building, he said the project had never got approval from WASA, so to date a sewer system cannot be installed and the building remains without any water connection or drains.
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Web Posted - Saturday April 5, 2014
Trinidad Express Newspapers

Pan, Sweet Pan

Pan, sweet pan
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Christine Mueller, head of administration at the Embassy of the Republic of Germany, in Port of Spain and her husband John Tsavdaridis were overjoyed about their trip to Grande Riviere, Toco, for the first edition of Pan in the Countryside last Saturday.

The husband and wife team thanked Pan Trinbago’s president Keith Diaz for arranging transport to and from the venue. Tsavdaridis who is Australian was surprised that a police escort led the maxi taxis from Arima to Grande Riviere.

....But the surprise of the day came when they saw and heard the music of our national instrument the pan. They were simply ‘blown away’ by what transpired.
Mueller said they travel around the world and try to take in the cultures of the people in the lands they visit.
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Web Posted - Saturday April 5, 2014
Stabroek News

For Tennicia DeFreitas, it’s music
 

Guyana, S.A. - For a long time, the name Tennicia DeFreitas has been synonymous with Calypso and steel pan. Winning the Junior Calypso Crown three years in a row—2006, 2007 and 2008—sealed her place in the history of local calypso. She continued to enter the junior calypso category until 2012; placing 3rd and 2nd in 2009 and 2011 respectively and winning in 2010 and 2012. During that time she had also won the Health song competition twice, 2010 and 2011 and placed 2nd in 2012.

Tennicia has also been playing steel pan for years and she is currently a member of the Parkside Steel Orchestra.

But Tennicia’s talents extend far beyond calypso and steel band.
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Web Posted - Tuesday April 1, 2014
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Meet Wendy Jones of Toronto, Canada

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Wendy Jones
 

woman symbolToronto, Canada - She fell in love with the steelpan instrument and the power of pan at an early age. She is a founding member of Pan Fantasy Steelband. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - administrator, player and pan-mom Wendy Jones of Toronto, Canada, shares the joy of pan and how the steelpan instrument has impacted her life from a young girl, to the point of now being the mother of pan players herself.
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Web Posted - Monday March 31, 2014
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Meet Lisa Samuel of Brooklyn, New York, USA

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woman symbolNew York, USA - There is so much to say. She is the ultimate Pan-mom. A lifelong affiliate of the New York powerhouse Sonatas Steel Orchestra, she has three sons, also playing the steelpan instruments. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, administrator, former player, supporter and mom - Lisa Samuel of Brooklyn, New York - shares on her joys, pains, concerns and realities of Pan in her life.
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RESULTS for the Trinidad & Tobago 2014 Panorama
 

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Global - Final results and those from the qualifying rounds, of respective categories in competition in the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Panorama are all in! Get the stats from the preliminaries, semifinals and finals for all the conventional steel orchestras of Trinidad & Tobago which competed in the 2014 Panorama season. 
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Web Posted - Monday March 31, 2014
Bates News

Student musicians span styles from jazz to steel pan to gamelan to tech

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Maine, USA - Student musical ensembles at Bates mark the end of the winter semester with six concerts in five days.  All but the gamelan concert take place in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

The Bates Gamelan Ensemble offers an end-of-term program, featuring traditional music from Central Java and traditional and contemporary music for the West Javanese gamelan degung...

....Erica Butler directs the Bates Steel Pan Orchestra at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

....All these concerts are open to the public at no charge, but tickets are required for the jazz and steel pan events...

....Lord Obstinate’s “Got a Little Something” and arrangements by Maine’s well-known Chase family, of Flash in the Pan steel band fame, are featured in the steel pan concert.
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Web Posted - Monday March 31, 2014
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Meet Keina Calliste of Trinidad and Tobago

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Keina Calliste
 

woman symbolTrinidad and Tobago, W.I. - She has an acute understanding of the challenges that face the steelpan art form in Trinidad and Tobago if it is to remain relevant and at the forefront of the global steelpan movement. Moreover, she believes it is time for ‘Innovative Strategic Thinkers.’ In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - player, administrator and planner Keina Calliste of Skiffle Steel Orchestra shares her thoughts on some critical issues facing pan in Trinidad and Tobago.
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Web Posted - Monday March 31, 2014
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Meet Danielle Edinboro of Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Danielle Edinboro of New York's CrossFire Steel Orchestra
 

woman symbolNew York, USA - She says accent the positives. “We just all have to support each other and leave the jaded pessimist views alone and adopt an effective one.” Well mature beyond her years - Danielle Edinboro represents the next generations of panists in New York. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Danielle Edinboro of Brooklyn, USA speaks on her introduction to the steelpan art form, the challenge and advancing forward.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 30, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Car ploughs through pan side
...one hospitalised, several injured
 

The car which crashed into the Witco Desperadoes band outside Smokey and Bunty’s Bar, Western Main Road, St James, on Saturday night.Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A performance by Witco Desperadoes ended before it started on Saturday. Just before 9 pm, moments before the band was scheduled to perform at the 25th anniversary celebration of Smokey & Bunty, a car mounted the pavement and ploughed through the band, narrowly missing patrons seated along the Western Main Road establishment in St James.

....A number of the pan players escaped serious injury, with four reportedly going to hospital to treat cuts and abrasions. Many of the band’s instruments were destroyed before the car came to a stop at the corner of Dengue Street and Western Main Road. 
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Web Posted - Sunday March 30, 2014
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Meet Christine Pigott of Brooklyn, New York, USA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Christine Pigott
 

woman symbolNew York, USA - Her stated goal is to “create shows and documentaries that reveal issues, inspire action, and encourage self-reflection.” This young film director, panist and intellectual with a clear vision, is indeed focused and well on the road to achieving her objectives. Throughout her travels the steelpan instrument will always be in the mix - hence the name of her production company - “Purple Steel.” In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Fulbright scholar Christine Pigott of Brooklyn, New York, shares on her expedition with two of her life’s passions - Pan and film.
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Web Posted - Saturday March 29, 2014
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Pantonic’s Oil & Music at D’Avenue with Panist Kareem Thompson & K.I.T. Caribbean Connection

Kareem Thompson on double seconds for “Oil & Music”

 

New York, USA -  “An unseasonably cold March Sunday evening was put on notice that the sounds of steel—and not the chilly weather—would hold court for a couple hours and dictate exactly what would warm the hearts of patrons who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Where and Why? D’Avenue, a snug little nook set back on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. And for the occasion of “Oil and Music” hosted by New York’s Pantonic Steel Orchestra. In the spotlight was one of Brooklyn’s finest sons in the steelpan art form on pan, Kareem Thompson, in company with his family amalgamation of K.I.T. Caribbean Connection.

....As usual, pan folk were more than pleased for the opportunity to hang out together with the prospect of an undoubtedly fine session in steel coming up a little later on the music menu. 
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Web Posted - September, 2013
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Sonatas Steel Orchestra during their recording session, part of Basement Recordings' Panyard series
 

New York, USA - For this year 2013, Basement Recordings captured six of Brooklyn’s finest steel orchestras franchises as part of their annual panyard panorama music recording series. All the orchestras operated at very high level this year and were indeed deserving of having their musical performance captured and preserved for the historical, cultural and community archives.

....The steel orchestras recorded this year are Despers USA; Pantonic; CrossFire; D’Radoes; Sonatas and CASYM, the eventual 2013 Panorama champion.
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Web Posted - September, 2013
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Results - 2013 New York Panorama

New York, USA - Full results for the 2013 New York Panorama which took place at the back of the Brooklyn Museum are here.  CASYM Steel Orchestra, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, have also added the title of Panorama champions to their list of accomplishments. Pan Sonatas which placed fourth last year moved up two to second place, while D’Radoes  Steel Orchestra placed third for the third year running.  Pan Fantasy from Canada went away with fourth place.
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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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