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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 - Thursday September 29, 2016
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   CrossFire Steel Orchestra - “Scene” - Tempo Version - NY Panorama 2016 - Panyard Recordings


Crossfire Steel ORchestra

New York, USA - Basement captures CrossFire Steel Orchestra from East Flatbush, Brooklyn a couple of nights before Panorama in their New York panyard. CrossFire took the stage with 85 players. Kendall Williams is the arranger. Tune of choice is “Scene” - This is the tempo version.

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Web Posted - Wednesday September 28, 2016
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   Meet Tristan Brewington-Japsi - Panist, Arranger & Percussionist - UpClose!

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, panist extraordinaire Tristan Brewington-Japsi speaks on his love of the steelpan instrument and how it has impacted his musical life and future

Tristan Brewington-Japsi

New York, USA - Tristan; he is a valued member of Steel Sensation, ADLIB Steel Orchestra, and Supernovas Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago. He is quiet and unassuming but don’t let that fool you. He is loaded with talent, natural ability and intellect.

He is a natural. As the son of Ian Japsi, well-known New York-based drummer and band leader of Steel Sensation - Tristan has always been around the steelpan instrument. Most recently with the inspiration of his second cousin, Amrit Samaroo, Tristan has successfully turned his focus on arranging. Already an accomplished and respected player versed in several of the instruments in the steel orchestra family, he has his sights set on a future in music education. Among his many accomplishments, Tristan is the first person to play a steelpan instrument within the confines of a New York school marching band.
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Web Posted - Monday September 26, 2016
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Oh God, Oh God’
sung by “Crazy”


Global - Leading the pack as always, Edwin Ayoung or “Calypso Crazy” as he is known to many - is on the musical track for 2017 with a team of musicians, including legendary co-writer Winsford Devine, and arrangers Junior “Ibo” Joseph and Lenny Hadaway.

Sure to be just one of several tracks on which his voice will be heard for the upcoming music season, Ayoung, a music veteran, is a globally-renowned performing artist and composer.

Here, his vocal talents bring to life melodically - Oh God, Oh God.
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Web Posted - Saturday September 24, 2016
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A beautiful noise

    Mosaic Steel Orchestra students performed at the inaugural International Panorama in Trinidad and Tobago last August

Virginia, USA - The sound of rhythmic clanking reverberated off the walls of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on Tuesday evening. Opening the door to the source of the noise revealed a room full of children hammering away at concave silver contraptions.

A dread-headed black man was hunched over a student as he motioned what areas of the instrument, referred to as a steelpan, to hit to get a desired sound. Seemingly unfazed by the noise, in the corner of the room, parents attended to their reading and conversations.

“I enjoy the sound,” said James McCullough Jr., one of the parents in attendance. “It is relaxing. It helps the kids and me to relax.”
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Web Posted - Friday September 23, 2016
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   Leon “Foster” Thomas and Crew Live at Club Bonafide - a Total “Metamorphosis”

The ‘eyes’ tell the story of an outstanding performance by panist

New York, USA - Leon “Foster” Thomas is the consummate artist. He has and continues to deliver the trifecta of the performing arts (create, perform and record) with distinction.

Earlier this year Thomas released his latest musical creation, the CD Metamorphosis, to rave reviews. This past weekend, WST (When Steel Talks) got an opportunity to experience a live hearing of some of the tracks from Metamorphosis as Thomas performed at Club Bonafide in New York. If you were present, you were treated to one of those special moments that top-class musicians both experience themselves, while simultaneously creating an enclave that can only be described as ‘magical.’ The musicians were entertaining each other, and by default the audience was brought into these sometimes deeply personal, extraordinary conversational pieces, that were filled with intimate introspective expression.
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Web Posted - Thursday September 22, 2016

Bristol-Trinidad duo Jus Now created the ultimate sample library of Caribbean percussion

Global - Jus Now are the product of what happens when two dance music fans – Sam Interface from Bristol and Lazer Beam from Trinidad – unite to innovate Caribbean dance music. For their sophomore EP, Alone, the DJ-production duo helped to develop the first-ever in-depth sample library of Trinidad and Tobago-style percussion that usually accompanies steel pans. They drive the sounds you mentally conjure when someone mentions Crop Over, Caribana, Notting Hill Carnival and, especially in this case, J’Ouvert.

Jus Now teamed with Indigisounds, a comprehensive steel pan sample library, to build this percussion sound database of 3500 instruments. They named it Laventille Rhythm Section after a 30-piece percussion group (or “engine room”) from Trinidad & Tobago whose style is both primordial and innovative.
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Web Posted - Thursday September 22, 2016
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   The cultural expression of a people - Despers USA - “Different Me” - In Pictures

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A Despers USA Steel Orchestra musician during the band’s 2016 recording session

New York, USA - WST pan-photographer CP captures the mighty tribe called “Despers USA” in pictures just a couple of days before the NY Panorama competition during their live 2016 panyard recording session. They are one of Brooklyn, New York's finest steel orchestras.

For over 30 years Despers USA which hails from Bed-Stuy/Crown Heights has been a musical treasure and performing arts fixture in the Brooklyn community. This year Despers USA performed an Odie Franklin-arrangement of “Different Me”. 100 Despers USA players took the stage for Panorama 2016. Listen to the Despers USA franchise moving to the mantra “Nobody Badda Than We” while filling the Brooklyn Summer nights with the music of the people and art of the community.

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Web Posted - Thursday September 15, 2016
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   Meet Damany James - Panist, Arranger, Educator & Percussionist - UpClose!

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, the talented Damany James speaks on his love of the steelpan instrument and how it has impacted his musical life and experiences

Damany James

New York, USA - Brooklyn High School of the Arts graduate Damany James has developed a special relationship with Pan. Within a relatively short time Damany has distinguished himself as a player, arranger and educator. The gifted young Brooklyn musician recently became the champion arranger for Higher Levin Steel Orchestra as they captured the 2016 Youth Pan Fest title in New York.

Focused, humble, highly intelligent, driven and a student of the steelpan music art form - Damany is part of that new generation of New York panists who will carry the Pan forward into the future while meeting new and unforeseen challenges that threaten the continued existence of Pan in New York. Earlier this year WST (When Steel Talks) got to see him in roles of performer, leader and activist when Meyer Levin faced the threat of Charter School co-location.

During his interview with When Steel Talks, Damany was asked about what keeps his passion for the music going? He responded “Music is within me.” And that is all you need to know about what motivates him. As for his future educational plans, Damany is looking forward to attending college as soon as it is financially possible to acquire his major in music - and then immediately on to masters and ultimately his doctorate.
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Web Posted - Thursday September 15, 2016
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   J’Ouvert 2016 Brooklyn Results

Despers USA, D’Radoes, Hearts of Steel, Legend Stars, Port Of Spain Pan Groove, Higher Levin Utopia Pan Soul, Philadelphia Pan Stars, Steel-X-Plosion USA, Tropical Pan Vibes and Pan Liberty

J’Ouvert in the 2016 Brooklyn, New York J’Ouvert

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Web Posted - Monday September 12, 2016
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   J’Ouvert is Not the problem, or a problem. It is the solution...

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A look at the 2016 Brooklyn J’Ouvert Celebrations

Spice Isle Rhythm Jammers participate in the 2016 Brooklyn, New York J’Ouvert

New York, USA - 2016 Brooklyn J’Ouvert was tremendous, loving, fun-sharing - and it was an exhilarating joyous event pricked by heartbreaking tragedy. Two young lives were lost in circumstances that will be forever linked to J’Ouvert. The J’Ouvert celebrations did not take these people’s lives - nor did it create the circumstances that took these two young people from us. In fact, it is safe to say, that if the spirit of J’Ouvert had touched the individuals who violated the sanctity of the celebration, we would be entertaining a totally different conversation. We, like most who attended J’Ouvert, were never aware that something dreadful had taken place until after leaving the event.

What transpired was a clear manifestation of the social and societal ills that surround our community and people 24-7. And moreover, until these issues are seriously addressed, Bad things can be visited on Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime.

Please check out the movie “State of Grace” if you get an opportunity featuring Sean Penn, for some perspective...
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Web Posted - Friday September 9, 2016
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  So Your Band Got Jacked Up by the Sound System at NY Panorama 2016 -- You can’t blame WIADCA for that...

A NY Panorama Devil’s Tale - What happened to the accepted standards that were set a long time ago, for professional sound reinforcement and broadcast?

Sound Devil

New York, USA - There were no rookies in New York Panorama 2016 when it comes to expectations with the sound system. And yes, for the umpteenth time the sound was brutal. The sound devil was nasty and kicked the pan players’ asses from start to finish. Beautiful music, rich harmonics, arrangements and musicianship went 10 rounds with the sound system storm troopers aka ‘devils from Alpha Centauri,’ and lost every single one [round]. The Sound Devil seem to say, “Don’t bring that poppycock excellence in music BS here. Leave that stuff in the panyard.” And further more “Don’t bring that balance and great musical setup and pan placement on this stage. Dah ain’t go wuk. This is sound-hell’s domain and I am the boss.”
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Web Posted - Thursday September 8, 2016
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  The Codringtons Remember Asami Nagakiya - Gone but Not Forgotten

Music Album featuring her Original Steelpan Composition


Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It is just over seven months to date, since we in the steelpan fraternity lost an incredible musician and a great friend. Little did we know that February 2016, would be the last time that many of us would see Asami Nagakiya’s smile or hear her laugh, as she stumbled through some awkward phrases in our local parlance. Perhaps then, it is fitting that our last real memory of Asami, is of her standing proudly on stage on the night of Panorama Finals, doing what she loved. After weeks of highly energetic yet grueling rehearsals, she was again ready to give her all on our national instrument - the steelpan.
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Web Posted - Wednesday September 7, 2016
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  New York Youth Pan Fest showcases Steelpan Talent

Damany James of Higher Levin Steel Orchestra is The Man!

The winning Higher Levin Steel Orchestra

New York, USA - They are bright, young, gifted and highly intelligent. They are simply awesome and possess it all. And they are the highly skilled young musicians, captains and arrangers of tomorrow’s New York steelband music community. They are the future and they are here now.

Once again New York got a chance to look, see, hear and experience up close and personal, the awesome talent pool of New York Pan at the 2016 Youth Pan Fest under the auspices of the Carlos Lezama Archives & Caribbean Cultural Center (CLACC-C). St. John’s Place between Kingston and Brooklyn avenues became staging area, ‘drag’ and performance stage for the event on this warm Summer afternoon on the final Saturday in August.

....This year, Higher Levin Steel Orchestra took top honors with a Damany James-arrangement of “Scene”.  Mr. James is no joke.
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Web Posted - Wednesday September 7, 2016
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 When Presidents are not ready for Prime Time, Pan Suffers

Basic Intelligence 101, Embed Codes and Audience Count

New York, USA - Recently, it has been brought to WST's (When Steel Talks) attention, that someone who has to be considered technology-challenged, but is still in fact president or vice-president, and who is in a significant position that impacts Pan in New York - caught an emotional hissy-fit that resulted in some inane, unintelligent and self-embarrassing comments, because he/she did not know what they need to know - or worse, there was no one present to pull their coat tail before they ended up with a case of foot-in-mouth disease. And worst of all, spreading false information.
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Web Posted - Tuesday September 6, 2016
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Steelband Body Pan Trinbago Forges International Union

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - On August 4th and 5th, 2015, Pan Trinbago - at its International Business Conference, established an alliance with eight of the leading steelpan markets, including North America, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean.

....Now, President of Pan Trinbago, Keith Diaz, will lead key members of his Executive team comprising Richard Forteau and Darren Sheppard over the period September 7th to 9th, 2016; at its 2nd International Business Meeting at the Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon, New York, U.S.A.
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Web Posted - Tuesday September 6, 2016
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birdsong’s Response to last Saturday’s Trinidad Guardian Editorial

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - birdsong acknowledges with the deepest gratitude the widespread outpourings of support for our cause that have been aired in both the conventional and social media in response to our recent eviction from the premises that we have occupied for the last 28 years. We are particularly thankful to the editors in the conventional media houses who have seen it fit to give prominence to the underlying issues of the absence of a viable public policy framework to support the efforts of the cultural community and in particular the long standing problems of security of tenure for the steelband.
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Web Posted - Sunday September 4, 2016
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New York 2016 Panorama Results
D'Radoes Steel Orchestra triumphs, with three-peat!

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Web Posted - Friday September 2, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Pan awards

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Woodbrook/St James Community Organisation honoured several percussionists during its fifth edition of Pan on the Avenue last Saturday.

Several long-standing players such as Ronnie Howard (Phase II), Sonilal “Killer” Samaroo (Renegades/ Supernovas), James Inniss (Invaders) Andrew “Soca” Brumant (Renegades), Errol Collins (All Stars), Keith Diaz (Starlift/Desperadoes) and Dwight Phillip (Starlift) were among younger peers Kenneth Clarke, Hayden Holder (Pan Elders) and Christopher Mohammed (Silver Stars) as they all received an award and a hamper.
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Web Posted - Thursday September 1, 2016
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  New York Pan Can’t Blame WIADCA for this...

New York Panorama-bound Steel Orchestras struggle to consistently have their once-in-a-lifetime Performances captured, annually

New York, USA - As the reality sets in that Basement, the recording wing for WST (When Steel Talks) is only capturing at best, three steel orchestras in their panyards for this year’s New York Panorama season - the grumbling, the shaking of the heads, the vexation, and “how yuh cud do us dat - oh gawd...?” come out. Bands have no one to blame but themselves. The number of recordable days in the week has not changed in a while, and the number of Panorama-bound steel orchestras has pretty much remained constant averaging ten bands or so. NOT to mention, that said bands ALL want to be recorded preferably on the Thursday night, Wednesday for the earliest.

Issue - more orchestras than days to record.

Issue - less days than bands are ready/willing to record.

Solution - we have multiple solutions, but it would require the cooperation of the orchestras and the seeking of self-interest as a unit, meaning a steelband community. Cooperation is a bad word in NY Pan.
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Web Posted - Saturday August 27, 2016
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Ebony Steelband Retains Title as UK Panorama Champs - 2016 UK Panorama Results

Duvone Stewart Winning Arranger

Flag of the United Kingdom London, U.K. - An event for the people, by the people, and showcasing The People. That about describes the annual UK Panorama which unfolds annually in London. People madly passionate about the Steelpan art form - players, steelband community, supporters, and music lovers in tandem, who are part of the weeks/months of preparation, and the final product - the Panorama.

Defending UK Panorama champs Ebony Steelband put on a scintillating performance of Duvone Stewart's arrangement of Cheers To Life by 'Voice' to win the championship for the second year in a row. Mangrove Steelband and Metronomes Steel Orchestra claimed second and third positions, respectively. Eight bands in all took part in the 2016 competition.
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Web Posted - Friday August 26, 2016
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  Despers USA Steel Orchestra - Band Launch 2016

The Youths Step Up

CASYM Steel Orchestra at the 2016 Despers USA band launch, performing for attendees

New York, USA - It’s one week away from the 2016 New York Panorama, and the steel orchestras are in the home stretch of preparations as they hone their musical chops in efforts to become the champion band. But just one week ago, Despers USA Steel Orchestra held one of the couple launches in the area, at their panyard currently situated directly on the corner of Classon Avenue and Pacific Street in Brooklyn.

Pan fans took the opportunity to “come through” in anticipation of the good time (inclusive of great food) to be had. And reflecting the increasingly changing demographics of the area, even a few of the ‘new residents’ stepped through the door for a taste of what was ongoing inside the pan yard, now within their living and socializing environs.
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Web Posted - Thursday August 25, 2016
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 Annual youth festival celebrates Caribbean heritage & steel pan

Brooklyn, NY - The Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center (CLACC­C) will host its annual ​Children’s Festival and ​PanFest, which showcases junior talent and Caribbean heritage. The festival is held at the CLACC­C museum grounds, a landmark brownstone located at St. John’s Place between Kingston & Brooklyn avenue. The festival will run from noon 7pm.

PanFest is one component of the ​CLACC­CC Children’s Festival​, now in its' sixth year. The junior steel pan competition includes some of Brooklyn’s youngest steel band members. Steel band performances include, ​Crossfire, Adlib, Pan Stars, Triumphant Stars, Harmony, Higher Levin, Pantonic, C.A.S.Y.M. and Pan Evolution. “The festival is a show for kids, by kids,” Lezama­Clark, president of CLACC­C, states, “we want to ensure that the community and children who participate in the festival ​ leave with a better understanding and appreciation of the culture.”
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Steelband Music Panorama Info & Results of Trinidad and Tobago - 2016

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - All rounds - all categories at a glance... Large, Medium, Small, Junior and Single Pan Band.

Complete info and results for Trinidad and Tobago's Steelband Panorama 2016.  Check out the background story on some of your favorite steel orchestras and their arrangers, what selections they played, and more.
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Champion Panorama Tunes of Trinidad and Tobago

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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Some of the most important, controversial, thought-provoking and enlightening discussions on the steelpan instrument, music and culture worldwide, have taken place over the years on the When Steel Talks “Message board.”  Considered by many to be a lightening-rod for change in the steelpan music community, the WST message board  has provided a means unlike any for steelpan enthusiasts to share information and communicate ideas.

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