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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 February 26, 2015
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First time for a Steel Band at the SXSW Music Festival - Codrington Pan Family Steel Orchestra


 

Global - The Codrington Pan Family Steel Orchestra from Trinidad and Tobago has been selected as the first act of its kind to participate in the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The event is scheduled to run from 17-22 March 2015.

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Web Posted - Thursday February 26, 2015
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Contemplating genius one panyard at a time


Phase 2 -- 2015 Panorama 

Trinidad & Tobago - How can one contemplate genius? How does one recognise that savant quality in gifted musicians? Here in the “Third World” of foreigners' fantasies, the reputations of communities have been placed on the shoulders of political giants, on the shoulders of criminals, on the shoulders of cricket captains and steelpan arrangers. For this Carnival 2015, I ventured to gather that magic of the urban panyard as a locus for creativity, for communality, for a congregation of the curious at the periphery looking in.

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Web Posted - Thursday February 26, 2015
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Wilson family brings steel pan music into schools for Black History Month
 

Canada - The Wilson family has been bringing steel pan music to Montreal for more than 20 years. This month, members have been playing in schools across the city as part of Black History Month.

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Web Posted - Thursday February 24, 2015
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Pan Trinbago loses appeal
 

Trinidad & Tobago - WORLD governing body for the steelpan, PanTrinbago, has lost its appeal against a decision of a High Court judge who, in 2013, ruled that two steelband members were eligible candidates for the organisation’s central executive committee elections.

In a decision handed down by Justices of Appeal Peter Jamadar, Nolan Bereaux and Mark Mohammed, the Appellate Court held that PanTrinbago failed to prove that the decisions of High Court judge, Justice Ricky Rahim were plainly wrong.

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Web Posted - Friday February 19, 2015
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Panorama Finals 2015 on CD and DVD

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Trinidad & Tobago - This year’s mesmerizing steelbands’ performances at the National Panorama Medium & Large Conventional Finals are captured “live” on both CD and DVD. The two are collections of the finalists in the Medium and Large Conventional Band categories as they performed “live” at the National Panorama Finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad. While the DVD is two discs, the CD is a three disc collection with six (6) bonus tracks featuring the first three placed bands in the Single Pan Band and the Small Band Conventional-disc categories.

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Web Posted - Friday February 20, 2015
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Trinidad All Stars Wins Band of the Year - 2015

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Trinidad & Tobago - Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra has won the Large Band of the Year title for 2015. This was confirmed by the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) on Thursday afternoon. All Stars scored 2,392 points to take the title with their presentation of 'Ships Ahoy At A French Festival.' In second place was Trini Revellers with 'The Jamette Carnival' which scored 2,299 points. Downtown Band of the Year winner, Ronnie and Caro, scored 2,230 points to place third with 'Ah Come Back Home.'

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Web Posted - Friday February 20, 2015
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Various steelpan competitions organized by Pan Trinbago
 

Trinidad & Tobago - Results have also been announced for the Groovy Soca Steelband Competitions which were held in all Pan Trinbago Regions on Carnival Monday night. The competition was open to all young arrangers under the age of 40. Bands were required to play any popular ninety (90) beat per minute groovy soca tune while on the move for approximately four to six minutes.

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Web Posted - Thursday February 19, 2015
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Champs of Steel Plus Brings Closure to 2015 Panorama Season

 
Trinidad All Stars crossing the Savannah stage - 2015 Carnival  

Trinidad and Tobago - The Carnival may be officially over but come Saturday 21st February 2015, Carnival come again as Pan Trinbago Inc. presents “Champs of Steel Plus”.

The post-Carnival event which features in part most of the winners and champions of the major competitions gives the public another chance to savor all that was Carnival.

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Web Posted - Thursday February 19, 2015
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Antigua's Hells Gate Steel Orchestra Celebrates 70 years in Existence

 
Hells Gate Launch 2015 

Antigua and Barbuda - Under the theme "Pan - Then - Now - Forever", Antigua's oldest steel orchestra, Hell's Gate, will continue the celebration of their 70th year in existence with a Launch this Saturday 21st February 2015. The launch will take place in the panyard of the famed orchestra. The orchestra's celebratory activities commenced in January 2015, and will be followed with monthly happenings that will culminate with an awards banquet and concert in October 2015.

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Web Posted - Wednesday February 18, 2015
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Panorama 2015 Notes - Raw Talk

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Trinidad All Stars crossing the Savannah stage - 2015 Carnival  

Trinidad and Tobago - Raw thoughts, notes and candid reflections captured and shared by steelpan musician, award-winning film maker, journalist, television presenter, historian, editor and writer Dalton Narine - Trinidad and Tobago Steelband Panorama 2015.

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Web Posted - Monday February 16, 2015
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An Interview with Raf Robertson Musician, Former Panorama Judge and birdsong Arranger

by Dalton Narine
 

Trinidad and Tobago - The science of steelband arranging is being able to take a song, arrange it in such a way that musicians could like it, play it and make you feel good. The emotion must vibrate in the music. Music is a language. You have to speak to people in a language that they speak.

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Web Posted - Sunday February 15, 2015
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The Spilling of Blood - Phase II vs. Trinidad All Stars - A Saga for The Ages

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Trinidad and Tobago - True, there is a bitter irony of circumstance that the arrangers of the two best steelbands in Panorama have been longtime friends. Yet it is the blood of Phase II Pan Groove that made Trinidad All Stars blood boil, erupting an out-of-character behavior In the large band finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah. Shucks, the Stars’ old Hell Yard instincts kicked in with vengeance the way the tussle came off back in 1986 when the Phase all but had their first victory locked in with Pan Rising as the drama in the Rama pushed to a head

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Web Posted - Sunday February 15, 2015
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Steelband making waves
 

Guyana, SA - Guyana is awash, virtually daily, with an array of ‘bad news’ stories. The ‘good news’ items are around, but they don’t always make the headlines; they remain invisible. This one I’m about to tell you goes back some years to around 2007 when steelband music had declined in Guyana. One or two bands were still around, but the art form generally was in the doldrums. However, with Carifesta looming here, the Minister of Culture, Frank Anthony, wanted to look at reviving steelband.

He suggested the formation of a national steelband to debut at Carifesta, and appointed Andrew Tyndall, himself a panman, as Coordinator for the move. “We put out a call for former players to help reignite the thing,” said Tyndall, “and that also brought responses from a number of youngsters playing pan in school.” In the beginning, some of the senior players were dubious about a band with these young school children, but instructors (Andrew Tyndall, Cecil Bovell, Cary Gillis and Charles Gillis) were attached to the schools to start teaching.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 15, 2015
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Trinidad All Stars Again Deny Phase II Pan Groove Hat-trick -
Pan Elders Retain Medium Champion Title for Second Year
 

Global - And shortly after 4:00 a.m. local time on Carnival Sunday, pan music lovers all over the world knew just where their favorite bands in medium and/or large conventional steel orchestra categories stood - like it or not. With a start sometime after 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, the final stage for both the medium and large conventional steel orchestras had come alive as first eleven medium, then ten large bands gave the titles their best musical shots.

For Trinidad All Stars and arranger Leon “Smooth” Edwards, it was sweet triumph as the band that calls Duke Street, Port-of-Spain home fulfilled their 2015 mandate, that is, to put the brakes on the 2014 champs Phase II Pan Groove as the latter tried in vain for a third consecutive Panorama title. And it is not the first time...
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Web Posted - Friday February 13, 2015
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A Look at the Single Pan and Small Steel Orchestras Finals Winners
 

Trinidad & Tobago - San Juan East Side Symphony has retained its title as the Petrotrin National Single Pan Band Champion for the fifth consecutive year.

The small orchestra category saw the current champions, Supernovas, being dethroned by Arima Golden Symphony.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 10, 2015
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Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Panorama Winners
 

Trinidad & Tobago - There is a new THA Pan Champ in NGC Steel Xplosion.

NGC Couva Joylanders and bp Renegades will play first in their respective categories on Saturday (14th February 2015) as the National Panorama Medium & Large Conventional Bands Finals take centre stage at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad, from 7:00 p.m.

The band from Carnbee scored 283 points to top the Large Band category with the Arddin Herbert arrangement of Slinger Francisco’s “Du Du Yemi”. Last year’s winner, Petrotrin Katzenjammers came in second with 282 points with the Winsford Devine composition, ”Say Say”.

Also in winner’s row is Our Boys with 268 points. The Small Conventional Band performed Lead Pipe & Saddis’ “Ah Feeling” arranged by Anslem Campbell.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 10, 2015
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Large and Medium Panorama 2015 411
 

Trinidad & Tobago - Couva Joylanders and Renegades will play first in their respective categories on Saturday (14th February 2015) as the National Panorama Medium and Large Conventional Bands Finals take centre stage at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad, from 7:00 p.m.

Twenty one steel orchestras will know their musical fate as they face two panels of adjudicators in what has been deemed “the battle royale for steelpan supremacy” . First prize winner in the Large Band category will receive TT$1,000.000. while that in the Medium Band will receive TT$600,000. and the bp Challenge trophies.

Making the cut are three bands from Tobago. Each of the competing bands will perform its Panorama calypso selection not exceeding eight (8) minutes and will be judged on the basis of 100 points in the categories Arrangement (40), General Performance (40), Tone (10) and Rhythm (10).
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Web Posted - Thursday February 12, 2015
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Large Bands Finals Order of Appearance Panorama 2015
 

Trinidad & Tobago - The Order of Appearance, tunes, and arrangers for Large Steel Orchestras, competing in the Saturday February 14 finals in the Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain for the Trinidad & Tobago National ‪#‎Steelband‬ Panorama 2015.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 12, 2015
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Medium Bands Finals Order of Appearance Panorama 2015
 

Trinidad & Tobago - The Order of Appearance, tunes, and arrangers for Medium Steel Orchestras, competing in the Saturday February 14 finals in the Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain for the Trinidad & Tobago National ‪#‎Steelband‬ Panorama 2015.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 11, 2015
Guyana Times

Buxton Pride wins Mash Panorama Steel Pan Competition


 

Guyana, SA - The Buxton Pride Steel Orchestra has done it again, taking top honours for the second year in a row and in its second showing at the Republic Bank Mashramani Panorama Steel Pan Competition on Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

Its supporters erupted with joy when the Chairperson, Russell Lancaster made the announcement of the win in the Large School Band Category at the seventh edition of the annual Steel Pan Competition.

Second place went to North Ruimveldt Secondary while the Bishops’ High came in third. Lancaster stated that the competition was quite close for these performers.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 10, 2015
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Panorama 2015 Audio Performances
 

Trinidad & Tobago - Listen to Panorama Audio - On the Drag, On Stage and In the Yard - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2015.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 10, 2015
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Arima Panorama 2015 Results
 

Trinidad & Tobago - The competition hosted by the Arima Carnival Committee in conjunction with Pan Trinbago Eastern Region was held at the Arima Basketball Court, Arima, last evening.

At the end of the competition, new winners were crowned i.e. Marsicans and Supernovas & Arima Angel Harps (tied).

Twelve (12) bands competed in what has been described as a “dry run to Panorama”.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 10, 2015
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It’s FINALS Time for Single Pan Bands and Small Steel Orchestras -
 Panorama 2015
 

Global - Defending Single Pan Band Champion San Juan East Side Symphony will play at position 12 while their joint counterparts in the Small Band category, Super Novas, will perform first with Pan Jammers going in at number six.

The three (3) are part of the twenty nine (29) band line-up at the Petrotrin National Single Pan & Small Band Finals at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Thursday 12th February 2015. Competition starts at 6:00 pm.

Super Novas, the Lopinot based band led by Anthony Samaroo will play Amrit Samaroo’s arrangement of “Dr. Samaroo”. The song was composed by Mark Loquan and sung by Anslem Douglas. Trinidad East Side Symphony under the baton of Duvone Stewart will perform “Shaking It” composed and sung by Ronnie McIntosh while Pan Jammers have opted for Chris Garcia’s “Chutney Bacchanal” arranged by Robert Tobitt.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 10, 2015
Guyana Times

Culture Ministry wins Panorama steel pan competition

Guyana Panorama 2015
 

Guyana, SA - The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport’s steel pan band was named the winner of this year’s Mashramani Panorama Steel Pan Competition on Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown.

This is the seventh year the Culture Ministry has been hosting the competition. It collaborates annually with Republic Bank, which plugged some $2.8 million into this year’s competition, to host the event as part of the list of activities planned for Mashramani.

On Thursday, the first leg of the competition was held at the Theatre Guild, Kingston, with performances in the categories of junior soloist, pan duet, senior soloist and pan jazz.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 10, 2015
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Finals Order of Appearance for Small Steel Orchestras
 Panorama 2015
 

Global - As in 2014, the top prize in 2015 for the small steel orchestras is TT $400,000 along with Pan Trinbago and bp Challenge Trophies, while the 1st and 2nd runners-up receiving TT $350,000 and TT $300,000 respectively. Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-placing bands take away TT $250,000, TT $200,000 and TT $150,000 in that order, while those in positions seven through ten will be awarded TT $100,000 each. The action starts at 6:00 p.m. at Skinner Park.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 9, 2015
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Results for Trinidad & Tobago Junior National Panorama 2015

2015 Junior Panorama Winners in the Under-21 category - Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Congratulations to the winners in the three categories for the 2015 Junior National Steelband Panorama competition:

Primary School Category - 1st place - St. Paul’s Boys’ Anglican School

Secondary School Category - 1st place - St. Francois Girls College Steel Orchestra

Under-21 Non-School Category - 1st place - Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra
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Web Posted - Saturday February 7, 2015
Kaieteur News

Panorama Steel Pan competition kicks off first leg
…finals to continue tomorrow

First place winners in Pan Duet category, Jovanka Williams and Kellisha Edwards
 

Guyana, SA - The first leg of the Panorama Steel Pan competition kicked off at the Theatre Guild, Thursday night with performances in the junior soloist, pan duet, senior soloist and pan jazz categories. Tomorrow (February 8), will mark the second and final day of the competition with the school and large bands categories at the Cliff Anderson Sport Hall.

Winners from Thursday night’s round of the competition included Akeem Pompey, Hanani Lewi and Vjay Sharma who placed first, second and third respectively, in Junior Solo category. While in the Senior Solo category Jovanka Williams took first place, with Detroy Dey and Michael Smith Jr. tying for second.

In the Pan Duet category Jovanka Williams once again copped first together with her partner Kellisha Edwards. The pairs Jamal Johnson and Javier Marks placed second with Ray Sparman and Ryan Lewis taking third position.
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Web Posted - Friday February 6, 2015
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Horace L. Morancie remembered by EVERYBODY’S “Caribbean” Magazine

Horace Morancie & Gloria Morancie
 

New York, USA - EVERYBODY’S “Caribbean” Magazine – H. Hall.
Horace L. Morancie, one of the most powerful Black technocrats of the 1960s and 1970s in Brooklyn, NY, died on Tuesday, February 4 after succumbing to the aging process. He was 85 years old and lived in East New York, Brooklyn. He was a naturalized American, patriotic Trinidadian and active Caribbean-American.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 5, 2015
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Ocean Bay Middle School offers steel drum and taiko class

Students at Ocean Bay Middle School now take stelband class or taiko
 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA - Students at Ocean Bay Middle School can now take a class on steel drum and taiko. The class was previously only offered at Carolina Forest Elementary, but Dr. Tim Peterman wanted to give students the chance to keep playing as they grow older.

While the instruments are unique, Dr. Peterman said they're well received by students.

"You get to hit something, that's the main thing," said Dr. Peterman.

Eighth grader Tony Mastroberti started playing at the elementary school and picked it back up this year.

"You could play tropical music, classical music, jazz music, anything," said Mastroberti.

According to Dr. Peterman, the class currently has 73 students enrolled.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 5, 2015
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Magic of a steel pan band

(from front to back) Brendan Patterson, Alan Nazarov and Leslie Valencia learn the chorus from “Happy” by Pharrell Williams during an after-school practice on Jan. 26
 

Mukilteo, Washington, USA - An Edmonds man fell in love with the melodic music of steel pan bands at the age of 10, and now he’s set his sights on bringing a world-class steel band to Edmonds.

As a boy, Gary Gibson stood in the crowds at a Thanksgiving Day parade and watched as a corps of Navy men passed in dress blues drumming on steel pans strapped to their chests.

Gibson – inspired by the US Navy Steel Band – rushed home, grabbed an old bowl-shaped metal sled and created his own “pan.”

At 54, he continues to play, and his passion for steel pan music has led him not only to teaching, but also to the founding of a non-profit called Steel Magic Northwest.

Gibson said the goal of Steel Magic Northwest is to teach music, teamwork, discipline and leadership, and to build community in the context of a modern steel orchestra.

“It’s not an intimidating musical instrument,” he said, “not a lot of buttons and keys and little strings and little things.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 5, 2015
New York Daily News

New York City activist Horace Morancie dead at 85

Horace Morancie
 

New York, USA - Horace Morancie, one of the city's most powerful activists in the 1960s, died Wednesday of natural causes, his family said. He was 85.

Morancie, born in Trinidad and Tobago, came to New York in 1954 when he was 25.

An outspoken community activist, he helped lead the Great Society and War on Poverty program that created hundreds of jobs in Brooklyn.

Morancie was appointed by Mayor John Lindsay to run Brooklyn's Model Cities Program and brought millions of dollars to the borough.

He helped develop and manage a comprehensive plan for housing, sanitation, crime prevention, police protection, economic development, education, social services, union organization and transportation.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 4 2015
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Finalists for Panorama 2015
 

Global - The finalists in all categories of Pan Trinbago National Panorama 2015 have been announced.


After a weekend of pan night and day literally, it was indeed pan in ecstasy at the “Mecca of Pan” from 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday.

A total of eighty-two steel bands in Single Pan, Small, Medium and Large Conventional Bands categories faced separate panels of adjudicators, each vying for the coveted places in the Grand Finals.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 1, 2015
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Single Pan Semi Finals Panorama Results 2015
 

Trinidad - T&T Fire Services and San Juan East Side Symphony topped the National Panorama Single Pan Bands Preliminaries with 269 points. The latter is the defending champion.


T&T Fire Services played the Aldwyn Roberts’ composition “Fever” arranged by Terrance BJ Marcelle with San Juan East Side Symphony under the baton of Duvone Stewart played Ronnie Mc Intosh’s “Shaking It”.

In third spot was Marsicans with Alphonus Cassell’s (Arrow) Long Time. They scored 268 points.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 4 2015

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Web Posted - Sunday February 1, 2015
Guyana Times

Additional bands to participate in Mash 2015 Steelband competition
 

Guyana, S.A. - The Mashramani 2015 Steelband competitors are well ‘tuned’ with the vibes for the much awaited Steelband competition. This year’s competition comprises two categories; the school bands will add to the customary category; the large and regular ones.

At present, 11 school bands and five large bands have registered to participate in the competition, which will be held on February 8, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

These school bands include Panwave Steelpan Academy, Bishops’ High, Christiansburg Wismar Secondary, North Ruimveldt Secondary, Lodge Secondary, Dolphin Secondary, Buxton Youth Band, Bartica Youth Band, Queen’s College, West Demerara Secondary and St. Rose’s High.
Meanwhile, in the large band category, five bands have registered, including the Guyana Police Force Band, Park Side Steel Orchestra, Guyana Defence Force Band, Buxton Pride and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport Band.
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Web Posted - Friday January 30, 2015
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Pan Jazz Nights for Carnival 2015
 

Pan Jazz Nights 2015 with Moyenne - event flyerTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - For three nights on February 6, 8 and 10, jazz musician Chantal Esdelle and her band Moyenne will host Pan Jazz Nights at 51 Cornelio Street in Woodbrook, Trinidad. Featuring panist Earl Rodney and drummer Richard Bailey as special guests, the shows will also highlight performances of commissioned works by well-known calypso jazz exponent Clive ‘Zanda’ Alexander.

Through her independent production company Ethnic Jazz Club (EJC), Esdelle is presenting Pan Jazz Nights with the intention of placing the spotlight on the steelpan, while celebrating the music elders who devoted energy, time and talent to the development of the hybrid kaiso and pan jazz.
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Web Posted - Friday January 30, 2015
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Large and Medium Steel Orchestras
 Panorama 2015
 

Global - It will be pan ecstasy in the Savannah as twenty-nine (29) steelbands take centre stage vying for coveted places in the grand finals.
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Web Posted - Friday January 30, 2015
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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for Large Steel Orchestras
 Panorama 2015
 

Global - A field of fifteen large steel orchestras will show off their musical talents before audiences and judges alike at the 2015 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama Semi-finals this weekend at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. Earlier in the week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday) two judges visited the bands’ respective pan yards and delivered comments on band performances, while Pan Trinbago officials conducted headcounts.
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Web Posted - Friday January 30, 2015
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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for Medium Steel Orchestras
 Panorama 2015
 

Global - The upcoming weekend is full of steelband performances for pan music lovers, including those of the fourteen medium steel orchestras vying for spots in the final night competition, and ultimately, being crowned champion in the medium band category. But before that, they have a date with the judges at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, just before their “big” brethren in the large band category.
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Web Posted - Friday January 30, 2015
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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for Small Steel Orchestras
 Panorama 2015
 

Global - Putting their musical prowess on display at the Queen’s Park Savannah also known as “The Big Yard,” twenty small steel orchestras grace that stage in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on Saturday January 31 for the semi-final phase of competition in the country’s 2015 National Panorama competition.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 28, 2015
Radio Rebelde

Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago Promote Teaching of Steelpan

Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago Promote Teaching of Steelpan
 

Havana, Cuba - With the objective of promoting Steelpan drum teaching in Cuba, The Traveling Caribbean Cinema Exhibition (MICC) and the legal representation of Sanch Electronix Ltd. of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, signed a letter of intent in Havana on Tuesday.

In order to cooperate in the field of culture and develop a space in which Caribbean integration is spread in various platforms, the representatives of the two parties agreed to include the MICC in the paradigm One Caribbean Voice of the Trinidadian institution.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 18, 2015
When Steel Talks

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Steelbands are making too much noise in their communities? An Open Letter to the President
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - I am writing to you as a citizen who has been involved in the Steelband art form for over fifty years. Those who have been involved in this art form for this length of time and more have struggled and made great sacrifices against great odds to bring the Steelpan to what it is today.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 17, 2015
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

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Vacancies for pan players
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Tonight single pan bands in Pan Trinbago’s Eastern Region will face preliminary judging at the Arima Velodrome from 6:30 p.m.

While 20 bands are scheduled to perform, getting to the competition has been a challenging project for some of them.

Last Thursday, a visit to some of the panyards in Arima revealed that three out of the four bands interviewed faced the same struggles for players, funding and inadequate development of facilities.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 15, 2015
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Chosen Tunes for Steelband Panorama 2015
 

Global - The stage has been set. And now the songs have been chosen for Trinidad & Tobago’s 2015 National Steelband Panorama competition.
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Web Posted - Monday January 12, 2015
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Web Posted - Thursday January 22, 2015
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Pan Hooray’
sung by Superblue

Austin “Super Blue” Lyons
 

Global - Pan Hooray is the tune of choice for the legendary Desperadoes Steel Orchestra. It was written by Robert Greenidge  for Panorama 2015.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 14, 2015
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Happiness’
sung by Olatunji Yearwood


 

Global - Happiness is the tune of choice for Phase II Pan Groove. It was written by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and Nigel Rojas for Panorama 2015.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 10, 2015
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘868’
sung by David Rudder

David Rudder
 

Global - David Rudder presents "868" for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and Panorama 2015.
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Web Posted - Friday January 9, 2015
When Steel Talks

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Parade of the Bands 2015 Junior and Senior Routes
 

Junior Carnival Trinidad and Tobago 2015
 

Trinidad and Tobago - The official Junior and Senior Parade of the Bands 2015 Routes were announced during an NCC-hosted press conference at its VIP Lounge in the Queen’s Park Savannah on Wednesday January 7, 2015.

Before an audience of media representatives, NCC Board Commissioners, management and staff, NCC Chair, Lorraine Pouchet unveiled the plans, among which included significant changes to the Junior Parade of the Bands route on Carnival Saturday, and the return of the Socadrome at Jean Pierre Complex, Woodbrook on Carnival Tuesday from 8am to 4 p.m.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 4, 2015
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Song for Panorama 2015
‘Ola’
sung by Olatunji Yearwood

Phenomenal-Kan Kan Ridim
 

Global - Olatunji Yearwood was born 3rd September 1985 in the beautiful twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Born to parents Edward Yearwood, a well known composer and mother Mairoon Ali, local actress, radio personality and teacher it was evident that Olatunji or “Ola” as he is widely known came into this world with raw talent flowing through his veins.

The  2015 hit Ola sung by Olantunji is the Tune of Choice for Siparia Deltones Steel Orchestra.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 5, 2015
When Steel Talks

70 Steelbands for National Panorama Single Pan Prelims
Trinidad and Tobago

Schedule of Panorama  Events 2015 - Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago - National Panorama Single Pan Preliminaries will run off in all Regions over a four-day period.

A total of seventy (70) bands have registered.

The first competition comprising bands from the North carded for Friday January 16th 2015 takes place at The Paddock, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, from 6:00 pm. In this zone, 32 Bands will perform their Panorama selection before the Adjudication panel.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 6, 2015
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SOUTH/CENTRAL REGION Preliminaries: Small & Medium Conventional Steel Orchestras - Order of Appearance - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2015 -
Trinidad and Tobago

Schedule of Panorama  Events 2015 - Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago - Medium and small conventional steel orchestras from Trinidad and Tobago’s South/Central region deliver their performances in front of judges on Sunday January 25, as they close out the preliminary phase of competition in their respective categories. Attendees who trek to the venue of Skinner Park, San Fernando in the country’s south land can catch them live for TT $75.00. Scheduled start time is 2:00 p.m.
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Web Posted - Monday January 5, 2014
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Music Makers Make The Grade With The Steelpan Leading The Way - Achievement Day & Awards Ceremony
 

Music Makers Ensemble
 

Trinidad and Tobago - Forty students from Music Maskers’ achieved 100% passes in the Solo Steelpan Examinations conducted by the University of the West Indies, and 97% gained passes in the Royal School Of Music Theory Exams 2014.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 4, 2015
When Steel Talks

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Song for Panorama 2015
‘I Wanna Jam With You’
sung by Tellison “Tello” Forde

Tellison “Tello” Forde
 

Global - Tellison ‘Tello’ Forde is the son of an “Invader” - Cecil “Coye” Forde - and Beryl Isaac. He was born at 67 Rosalino Street in Woodbrook, Trinidad, adjacent to the pan yard of Invaders Steel Orchestra.

I Wanna Jam With You is Mr. Forde’s second pan tune composition for the  2015 Trinidad and Tobago panorama season.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 1, 2015
When Steel Talks

Song for Panorama 2015
‘Steel Band Got The Perfect Pace’
sung by Mervyn Hamlyn

Merv Hamlyn
 

Global - Mervyn “Merv” Hamlyn the pan jumbie from St. James, Port of Spain has again brought his musical dish to the table. For 2014 he delivered ‘Pan in Safe Hands,’ which he felt was a bit of a crossover mix with lots of international ingredients in the menu.

This time for 2015, the twice-New York Panorama judge has decided to use strictly flavors and seasonings from all local products for his 2015 song ‘Steel band Got the Perfect Pace,’ featured here.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 1, 2015
When Steel Talks

Song for Panorama 2015
‘Pan Is Meh High’
sung by Jackspania

Jathniel Thomas
 

Global - Jathniel Thomas (Jackspania), a multi-talented musician, was born in the island of Trinidad in the village of Arouca. He first started playing the guitar at the age of ten and eventually learned several other instruments including the steel pan. Thomas aka “Jato” was the leader of several bands over the years, including the Fabulous Deltones, and the Hi-Lights in Trinidad as well as several bands in the USA. He also backed many well-known artists including Mighty Sparrow, Mighty Duke and Lord Nelson.

For the 2015 Panorama season Thomas now has three songs to date - the track featured here, Pan Is Meh High, and also The Pan Tones Ring and Pan Warriors.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 1, 2015
When Steel Talks

Song for Panorama 2015
‘The Engine Room’
sung by Lani K


 

Global - “Lani K” made his 2013 Calypso Tent debut at the Kaiso House Tent in Port of Spain, Trinidad, with his self-penned tune “Old Time Days”.  According to Trinidad journalist (January 17, 2013) David Cuffy “....he exhibited fine voice and stage craft in an impressive 2013 Kaiso House Tent debut...” his impact was dynamic! “Lani K” capped off the 2013 season by being invited to perform as guest artiste in the United States.

Making an impact for years to come... “Lani K” is carrying the torch of the Calypso tradition and blazing the trail for Soca!  He’s back with this track ‘The Engine Room,’ again as the singer and songwriter.  
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 30, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Frank Rollock Sr – Mr. Steelpan! - Founder of Brixton Carnival and much more
 

Frank Rollock
 

London, UK - Trinidadian born Frank Rollock grew up in East Trinidad, Tunapuna to be exact. From a tender age he was sent to piano lessons to enhance his musical skills. His interest in music was part of a family tradition. It was only when his mother approached his music teacher to pay his tuition fees it was revealed that he was not attending piano lessons but frequenting the panyard. After acknowledging his love for the steelpan instrument, his mother allowed him to continue. At the age of 10-11 years, Frank was being taught by Clive Foster and playing in Sullivan’s Steel Orchestra. In 1956 at the age of seventeen, Frank and his brother Roy (coincidentally, Frank’s uncle who was also called Roy had his own orchestra in the USA) founded their own orchestra called Modernaires. Frank compiled a book of arrangements for Modernaires through the inspiration of the famous Trinidad All Stars whom Roy played with.
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Web Posted - Sunday December 28, 2014
When Steel Talks

Meet Steelpan Player Junior ‘Soldier’ Edwards
 

Junior Edwards
 

Switzerland - Born in San Fernando, in the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago in 1966, Junior began playing the steelpan at the very early age of eight (8). Coming from a very musical family Junior was very eager to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, Theo Stephens, a member of the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra – TASPO who visited the UK on the 26th July 1961 to play at the Festival of Britain and his mother, Jeanette Edwards, a talented and accomplished tenor player.
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Web Posted - Friday December 26, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Scotiabank invests $250,000 in steelbands


 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - With profits at Scotiabank T&T staying healthy, the steelband movement can look forward to bank re-investing in their cultural efforts, its managing director Anya Schnoor said.

The Scotiabank Foundation recently distributed $250,000 in grants to 60 unsponsored steelbands in preparation for the National Panorama Competition and Carnival 2015.

Officials of Pan Trinbago joined the Scotiabank team at financial institution’s hospitality suite at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, for the presentations to single pan bands, as well as conventional orchestras in different categories.

....Gisele del V Marfleet, chairman of the Foundation, underscored the commitment of the steelband community in pursuit of their craft. She said the idea of the engaged community was one the Foundation viewed as having a great deal of relevance and value in society.
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When Steel Talks

Results - 2014 New York Panorama

New York, USA - Full results for the 2014 New York Panorama which took place at the back of the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday August 30 are here.  Eleven steel orchestras participated including Pan Fantasy hailing from Canada.  D’Radoes Steel Orchestra were judged Panorama champs, while ADLIB and CASYM steel orchestras tied for second place.
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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.

Windows MSN Groups has informed us that they are shutting down their groups service as of February 21, 2009.  You can now find the When Steel Talks Group at whensteeltalks.ning.com/forum 
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