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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

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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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Web Posted - Sunday August 26, 2018
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New York 2018 Panorama Steel Orchestras - Bands, Tunes, Arrangers - Order of Appearance

New York, USA - When Steel Talks’ ‘quick chart’ - a guide to the participants in the 2018 New York Steel Orchestra Panorama competition.  Find here the order of appearance, bios, meet the arrangers, hear the tunes of choice, learn about the bands, tuners and more.
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Web Posted - Sunday August 26, 2018
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Basement Recordings’ 2018 New York Pan Yard Recording Schedule

New York, USA - Basement Recordings, Inc. - parent company of PanOnTheNet and When Steel Talks - routinely visits the pan yards of some of New York’s finest steel orchestras, to capture the phenomenal results of the work put in for New York’s annual Panorama season. Check out the schedule for dates and times of recording sessions.
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Web Posted - Saturday August 25, 2018
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With the power of “Hulk” Andre White leads Mangrove Steelband to 9th UK Panorama Championship - 2018 UK Panorama Results

Mangrove Steelband at the 2018 UK National Panorama

London, U.K. - All varieties of ‘Hulk’ in Mangrove Steelband, clad in white with green Hulk impressions on white T-Shirts, made their might felt when they took center stage on the evening of Saturday August 25 in London. As the eventual 2018 UK Steelband Panorama champions, Mangrove staved off its five challengers for the coveted trophy and top spot. Playing in position one is always regarded as a tough one to triumph from, but for Mangrove it turned out to be a ‘walk in the park.’

The veteran music organization boasting ninety players whipped up a musical frenzy, dishing out a fiery rendition of Blaxx’s “Hulk” as arranged by champion arranger Andre White. He has worked with Mangrove seven out of the last eight years, setting out in 2011 and delivering the title in his first outing, second and third placings thereafter, and now the championship once again. 
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 22, 2018
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Steel Magic Northwest announces openings for advanced ‘Pan Wizards’ ensemble

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Washington, USA -  The Steel Magic Northwest “Pan Wizards” advanced youth steel ensemble is offering young musicians a chance to audition for two trips it will be making next year.

The group has been invited to perform and give a presentation at the National Association of Music Educators regional conference in Portland, Ore., in February 2019. And in June, the group will embark on its first four-day tour, into western Montana and northeastern Oregon.
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 22, 2018
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United Kingdom Steelband 2018 Panorama Line-up & Order of Appearance

British FlagLondon, United Kingdom - The 2018 UK Panorama Championship is being hosted by the British Association of Steelbands (BAS), and is scheduled for Saturday 25th August at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, Kensal Road. Six steel orchestras are competing.
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Web Posted - Friday August 17, 2018
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New York 2018 Panyard Locations

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Brooklyn, New York -   A listing of addresses of the Pan Yard locations of Steel Orchestras, along with contact information, of those participating in the 2018 New York Panorama competition on Saturday September 1.
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 15, 2018
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Tobago support for NCC control of Pan Trinbago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Tobago’s pan fraternity are in support of a move by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) to take control of Pan Trinbago’s operations for the next three years, with a memorandum of understanding signed on August 7 by representatives from the two entities.

Marie Toby, Chairman of Pan Trinbago, Tobago Region, described the move as the only way to save the pan fraternity.

“We have asked members of the executive to do the honourable thing and step down because we recognised they cannot manage. This is the position we have to be in and as a matter of fact, Tobago Region was the first region to send in a motion proposing this change,” she said.
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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

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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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