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 Trinidad and Tobago Steelband Panorama and Carnival Schedule 2017

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Complete Trinidad and Tobago 2017 National Panorama competition schedule. All rounds - preliminary, semi-finals and finals.
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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A unique playlist featuring only the music selected as Tunes of Choice for the Trinidad and Tobago 2017 Steelband Panorama and Carnival.
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Web Posted - Monday January 16, 2017
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Single Pan Prelims - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - National Panorama 2017 will officially kick off on Thursday 19 January 2017 in Tobago with the Single Pan category under the theme “Transformation In Steel.”

Sixty seven (67)) Single Pan Bands have registered to participate in this year’s competition which spans over several days in Trinidad & Tobago.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 15, 2017
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Two Large Steel Orchestras Drop Out of 2017 Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - When Steel Talks has confirmation that two large (120-players) “legacy” steel orchestras will not be participating in the 2017 Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama.

They are Redemption Sound Setters Steel Orchestra out of sister isle Tobago, and Harmonites Steel Orchestra out of Barataria, east Trinidad.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 15, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Rumble In The Jungle ’
sung by Chuck Gordon

Roderick “Chuck”  Gordon
 

Global - Laventille-based Roderick “Chuck” Gordon has consistently contributed music to his country’s national instrument, the Steelpan.

Chuck has also traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean diaspora this year participating in Carnivals across North America. He was also nominated in the Best New Male Artist category at the International Soca Awards in New York.

He performed Supernovas Steel Orchestra’s tune of choice for Panorama 2016, Breakthrough, and the band turned to Chuck once again as vocalist for the 2017 season.  The track - Rumble In The Jungle - is jointly written by the band’s co-founder and arranger Amrit Samaroo, and Mark Loquan.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 15, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Bless In The Yard’
sung by Gerelle Forbes

Gerelle Forbes
 

Global - Gerelle Forbes is an all-round entertainer and songwriter.

The versatile young woman is also known for being the vocal talent at the forefront of 2013’s Sapna (The Dream) penned by iconic composer and steelband arranger Ray Holman. For the 2016 Panorama season Gerelle composed and vocalized Sweetest Escape and Roxanne, and in 2017 she’s at work once more with this track, “Bless In The Yard.”
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Web Posted - Saturday January 14, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
Panorama Soldiers
sung by “Keet Styla”

“Keith Styla”

Global - Since 1984, “Keet Styla” (Keith Prescott) formerly known as “Designer” has been working with renowned panists and pan composers/arrangers such as Ken “Professor” Philmore, Ray Holman, Robert Greenidge and Earl Brooks - as well as musicians including Ralph McDonald, Monty Alexander, Frankie McIntosh, Leston Paul and Etienne Charles.

“Keet Styla” has already been heard from for the 2017 Panorama season with Girls From The Hill - and he returns, working alongside Ken Philmore on Panorama Soldier.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 14, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
The Bride Granddaughter
sung by Kenwrick Joseph (“Kenny J”)

“Kenny J” aka Kenwrick Joseph

Global - Kenwrick “Kenny J” Joseph was born at Prince of Wales Street in San Fernando, Trinidad.

A one-time tenor player with Guinness Cavaliers Steel Orchestra and the T&T Police Steel Orchestra, this calypsonian recorded and performed many songs for the steel pan including Pan in The Wind, Sweet Hand and Doh Touch We Carnival.

Panorama Jean was the contribution for the 2013 Panorama season by “Kenny J.” For 2017, he’s written and vocalized this song, The Bride Granddaughter.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 12, 2017
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A Message from Gregory Lindsay of UPPM (the United Pan Peoples Movement)

Gregory Lindsay

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Gregory Lindsay, the chairman of Power Stars Steel Orchestra released a statement expressing his dissatisfaction and disappointment in what was not accomplished in his attempt to secure reportedly better representation for Pan Players of Trinidad and Tobago.

As part of the duo - which included world-renowned panist Dane Gulston, Mr. Lindsay pressed the governing body of Pan in Trinidad and Tobago, Pan Trinbago, for significant changes to its executive board membership and procedures, under the banner of the UPPM (the United Pan Peoples Movement).
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Web Posted - Thursday January 12, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Push!’
sung by Vanessa Alexandra Headley

Vanessa Headley

Global - In 2015 Vanessa Alexandra Headley put forward Pan In D Galaxy as her tune for Panorama, while Young And Free was her tune of choice for Panorama 2016 - again written, vocalized and arranged by her for her band, Golden Hands  Steel Orchestra.

For the 2017 Panorama season Vanessa is back with Push!, the track featured here, with lyrics by Vanessa and mom Franka Hills-Headley.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 12, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Mannette launches new pan apps

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The national instrument is about to enter a new phase of the digital age through the effort of steelpan entrepreneur, designer and lawyer Liz Mannette, owner of Liz Mannette LLC - a design studio for steelpan-inspired projects.

Mannette who has been designing steelpan-themed jewellery for over 11 years has extended into the media and entertainment world. She spent the last year in development with local and international artists, animators, mobile app developers and futurists to carve a creative space for the evolution of digital content for the pan.

A suite of brand-new, steelpan- themed mobile applications (pan apps) are being launched on the company’s official digital platform: games.lizmannette.com, a media release stated.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 11, 2017
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Acting President Richard Forteau says Panorama 2017 Will Take Place

Richard Forteau

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago's acting president, Richard Forteau announced that Panorama 2017 steelband competitions will take place. The unresolved matter of the non-payment of fees to Panmen since 2016, as well as other matters will be dealt with after Panorama 2017.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 11, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘No Panorama’
sung by Salmon Cupid

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Global - When asked why a pan-tune so late-in-the-game about, of all things - “No Panorama” Salmon Cupid explained that it happened now for a multitude of reasons, including limited resources with the constraints of time and finance. But expanded, as a panist, pan-teacher and pan-innovator, he has always had a pan-song bubbling in his heart, body, mind and soul. With the controversy heating up, he felt a need to “try-a-ting” and enter the fray.

The use of young voices symbolizes the youth crying out for our attention. The use of the pan symbolizes the Panorama Fever if there's No Panorama. ‘No Panorama’ is meant to seize the public's attention and with carpe diem, we want more accountability and transparency.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 11, 2017
The Daily Observer

PM pledges thousands for the PMS Serenaders

PMS students in this 2013 photo

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. -  The heads of the Princess Margaret School (PMS) steel band and music programme have already envisioned that a recent pledge of as much as $75,000 could provide a suite of new steelpans and even opportunities for students to travel.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne made the pledge during a ceremony at the school on Tuesday and said that while $15,000 would come from his own pockets, he would lobby his corporate contacts to raise the remainder.

Manager of the Serenaders (the PMS steel band) Cleo-Antoinette Hampson-Cordice told OBSERVER media, “Currently the Serenaders are using instruments that belong to the Gemonites Steel Orchestra, so financially it would benefit in getting our own instruments.”
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 11, 2016
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Selfie’
sung by “Crazy”

Edwin “Crazy” Young

Global - Edwin Ayoung or “Crazy” was born Edwin Ayoung in 1944, on Maraval Road in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

“Crazy” has already been heard from for the Panorama/Carnival season on Oh God, Oh God, Gee Gee Ree, Pan Up There and Pokemon Blues. No surprise, he is up again here with a fifth track for the season, a catchy ditty he has co-written, along with  Duran Manswell & Klase Gonzales- “Selfie.”
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 10, 2017
Trinidad Express Newspapers

Samaroo’s family gets ownership of gravesite

BURIAL SITE: Jit Samaroo’s gravesite at the Surrey Village public cemetery.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  January 7 marked the first anniversary of the death of Trinidad and Tobago steelpan virtuoso and internationally renowned arranger Jit Samaroo.

Born in Surrey Village, Lopinot, he was buried in the Public Cemetery there. TPRC councillor for the La Florissante/Lopinot electoral district Crista Ariel Alexis officially handed over the ownership of Jit Samaroo’s entombed gravesite to his family in a simple ceremony hosted by his wife and family. Leader of council business at the TPRC Councillor Travis Williams brought greetings on behalf of the chairman and council.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 10, 2017
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Kristian Paradis, Steel Band Director at University of Delaware & Musical Director of Philly Pan Stars says to Three Panists Podcast promo - “Stop tagging my name in this bullshit”

Kristian Paradis, Steel Band Director at University of Delaware & Musical Director of Philly Pan Stars says to Three Panists Podcast promo - “Stop tagging my name in this bullshit”

Global - Three Pannists Podcast was released two days ago - led by Freddy Harris, III, Iman Pascall and Kahlil Chu. It is a podcast about pan matters. On Facebook evidently Mr. Kristian Paradis took exception to be being tagged about the launching of the Podcast.

Normally this would not be a big deal but as the musical director of Philly Pan Stars and Steel Band Director of the University of Delaware his behavior is suspect.

Steelband community members on Facebook respond to Kristian Paradis.
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Web Posted - Monday January 9, 2017
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United Players Movement

Consensus From The Way Forward - For Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A motion will be made at Tuesday’s December 10, 2017 Emergency Meeting for the Entire Central Executive under Acting President of Pan Trinbago, Richard Forteau to step down with immediate effect... following the installation of a 90-Day Interim Committee comprising of the Four Regional Chairmen of Pan Trinbago Inc., as well as 3 other Members-At-Large.
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Web Posted - Monday January 9, 2017
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Pan Trinbago Defends Itself Against Charges of Corruption

Michael Joseph - Pan Trinbago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago Inc., one of the oldest grassroots organizations in Trinidad and Tobago, is now fighting for its survival in the space and the arena that it struggled long and hard to establish and maintain for over sixty years.

What is saddening, maddening and frightening, is the fact that some people who don’t have a clear history of the evolution of the Steelpan are recommending that it be taken away from us, and placed in the hand of big business, who they believe are more capable and more competent to manage the business of Pan. This has brought tears to the eyes of many who made great sacrifice.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 7, 2017
St. Croix Source

   Children Take the Streets of Frederiksted

Frederiksted, U.S.V.I. - With an assortment of majorettes, marching bands, historical references and story book characters, this year’s parade drew rounds of applause from the spectators who braved the blazing sun to support the island’s youth.

The parade began at about 10:30 a.m. from the Claude O. Markoe Elementary School and ended at about 4:30 p.m. near the Rita Myers Chiverton Centennial Village.

....There was plenty of musical talent the St. Croix Central High School and the St. Croix Educational Complex marching bands showed their skills and synchronized moves. Steel bands included the Rising Stars Steel Orchestra, the Lew Muckle Steel Orchestra, Elena Christian Jr. High School Steel Pan and the Simba Steel Orchestra.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 7, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

   Pan Trinbago No Longer in Charge of the Panorama Competition

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Government has clipped the wings of Pan Trinbago. The steelband body, now mired in financial mess, will no longer be the sole authority in charge of the Panorama competition.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 7, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

   Pan Trinbago head suffers heart attack

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz yesterday underwent an angioplasty procedure after suffering a heart attack, Pan Trinbago’s secretary Richard Forteau informed Newsday yesterday. He is currently hospitalized at St. Clair Medical.

Pan Trinbago informed the public late on Thursday that Diaz had a medical emergency and was rushed to a medical facility at 1:30 p.m. that day. Newsday was also informed that Diaz was at a National Carnival Commission (NCC) meeting when he suffered a heart attack.

....Contacted yesterday for comment, ace panist Dane Gulston, who has led the charge against the Diaz administration, for the handling of Pan Trinbago’s affairs, said he was saddened by the news of Diaz’s medical condition saying he had nothing personal against the Pan Trinbago head.

He said that while he remains firm that change must take place in the management of Pan Trinbago, his prayers and thoughts are with Diaz. “A person’s health is a whole other different thing,” Gulston said. He maintained however that the entire Pan Trinbago executive must go over its handling of the organisation. To date, panmen and women have not been paid their $1,000 stipend for performing in the 2016 Panorama competition.
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Web Posted - Friday January 6, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

   Payment hiccup for pan players
Cheques issued but can’t be cashed

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Panmen yesterday breathed a sigh of relief when they finally began receiving the $1,000 cheques owed them for performing almost one year ago in Panorama 2016.

However, relief quickly turned to disappointment and anger when they went to the banks to cash them and were told the cheques could not be honoured.

The panmen now believe they were given cheques just to pacify them and are planning a protest at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, on Saturday.
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Web Posted - Friday January 6, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

   WHAT DIAZ?

Front page 'What Diaz'

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Panmen who went to the bank yesterday attempting to cash cheques individually valued at $1,000, left empty-handed and singing a sour tune, after the cheques ‘bounced’ with bank officials saying there was no money to pay them.

This was confirmed by ace panist Dane Gulston and came hours after Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz promised the nation, via a television morning talk show, that $1,000 owed to thousands of panmen, as playing fees for the 2016 Panorama competition, would be paid. Gulston said he intends to lead another protest of panmen while Pan Trinbago executives hold an emergency meeting tomorrow at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah.
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Web Posted - Friday January 6, 2017
The Washington Post

   In Victor Provost’s hands, the steel pan becomes a mesmerizing ride

Victor ProvostWashington, D.C., USA -  ....“I completely separate the pan sound, because I want just the content of what I play to stand out,” he explains. “I’m never comfortable when people say, ‘Man, that’s crazy for a steel pan.’ For me, the sound is just another color.”

Serious jazz on the steel pan — jazz imbued with the historical vocabulary of swing, bebop and the blues, and not, as Provost puts it, simply “improvised music” — may not be crazy. But it is admittedly unusual. There are a handful of older jazz steel pan improvisers: Othello Molineaux, who played with bassist Jaco Pastorius; Rudy Smith, now 73; and the American Andy Narell, but almost no one on the instrument has tried to make it the basis of a career.

Provost, whose first album on an actual record label, Paquito Records, is scheduled for release on Jan. 20, the day he turns 36, could well succeed.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 5, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Pan In The Party’
sung by “QP The Quiet Prince”

Einstein Brown

Global - Lloyd Cupido aka “QP The Quiet Prince” has also been known as “QP” in the music world. After many years of singing Calypso and Soca music he was able to reach his goal, releasing his first CD entitled ‘Jam With QP,’ consisting of songs such as Mas Man Coming Down, Spokes, Neighbour Neighbour, Been There Done That and many more.

Pan Jam was the song released by Cupido for the 2014 panorama season, and he was on track again with 2015’s Pan Jubilation. He is returning to the musical landscape for 2017 with Pan In The Party, featured here.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 5, 2017
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 Pan Trinbago President Keith Diaz Hospitalized

Keith Diaz - President of Pan Trinbago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - President Keith Diaz of Pan Trinbago is in hospital as of January 5, prompting the Central Executive to cancel the emergency meeting scheduled for January 7 - this according to a press release from the organization. They also called for pan musicians not to attempt to cash any cheques they are holding. Additionally, General Secretary Richard Forteau has been appointed acting president of the organization.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 5, 2017
Guyana Information Agency

   Overseas based Guyanese contributes steel pans to St. Roses and North Ruimveldt Secondary Schools

Overseas based Guyanese contributes steel pans to St. Roses and North Ruimveldt Secondary Schools

Georgetown, Guyana, S.A. -  Over the last five years, there has been a boost in the appreciation and participation in steel pan music. A committed investment has been made on a yearly basis for the provision of three steel bands for three schools. However, the Ministry cannot do it alone. In this regard, Mr. Aubrey Bryan, a Guyanese residing overseas, today presented two sets steel bands for St. Roses High and North Ruimveldt Secondary School.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 5, 2017
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 Pamberi Steel Orchestra Celebrates its Community Champions

Pamberi-Dinner

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pamberi Steel Orchestra is a steelband located in the San Juan community of east Trinidad where the majority of the members were born and reside. Last year, 2016, there were National Champions emerging from within our community. The band decided to honour these victorious efforts with a Dinner dedicated to the Champions.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 4, 2017
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 Pan Protestors Demand Pan Trinbago’s Executive Board Step Down; NCC Chairman Says Panorama Will Be Held, Show Must Go On

NCC Chairman Kenneth De Silva

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - On the national television program ME (Morning Edition), Trinidad and Tobago National Carnival Commission (NCC) Chairman Kenneth De Silva, in responding to ME host Fazeer Mohammed, declared that if the embattled Pan Trinbago could not run the 2017 National Panorama the NCC would step in and run the show. The commissioner was emphatic that the show must go on at all cost. Mr. De Silva also declared “We paid the money [to Pan Trinbago] for the pan players for 2016 in full, and that [money] has not been passed on to the pan players.”
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 4, 2017
The Philadelphia Tribune

   Black groups talk of performing in Mummers parade

The Philadelphia Pan Stars steel orchestra performs in the 2017 Mummers parade

Philadelphia, USA -  African-American performance groups who showed in the Mummers Parade on Sunday, said they were glad to be apart of the Mummers’ ongoing effort to diversify.

The Mummers parade has historically been chastised for offensive incidents that mock ethnic groups in addition to the lesbian and gay community.

....“Going into it, the band was aware of some of the conflict with the parade and the conflicts that happened before,” said Kristian Paradis, Musical Director for the Philadelphia Pan Stars steel orchestra, a group dedicated to the Trinidadian tradition of pan drumming. “But the way we looked at it, it’s similar to the growing pains of [Trinidad and Tobago] Carnival. We had a good idea of what to expect and our presentation is similar to what we have done at the Caribbean Carnival in New York or other Caribbean festivals on the East coast. And we got a great response from the other captains of the Mummers groups. They seemed genuinely appreciative of what we did. We were prepared to get resistance but there wasn’t.”

Paradis noted they were also well-received by the band, stating that “people were dancing and calling for more.”
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 3, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

  Panmen to march tomorrow

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  PAN players say they intend to take to the streets tomorrow to show their dissatisfaction with pan’s governing body, Pan Trinbago.

From noon, the players are expected to head to Pan Trinbago’s office at Park Street, opposite Victoria Square in Port-of-Spain to express their dissatisfaction with the organisation and its handling of money and other administrative issues.

Panist Dane Gulston called a meeting, via Facebook, to discuss the way forward for Panorama following an extra ordinary meeting held on December 28. At that meeting the panmen called for a boycott of the annual Panorama competition saying, “No money, no Panorama.” At yesterday’s meeting held at Trinidad All Stars’ Steel Orchestra pan yard in Port-of-Spain, Gulston said, “I called the meeting because we had a heated discussion in our meeting last Wednesday. I called the meeting for panmen and the executive of bands to decide where we heading from now. read more


Web Posted - Tuesday January 3, 2016
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  Smaller Greens for Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  If Panorama 2017 comes off, patrons to the Greens can expect a smaller venue.

Richard Forteau, Secretary of Pan Trinbago, told Loop the Greens will return but it will be back to its original size.

Last year, the Greens was expanded but suffered a loss of many party groups who opted out of the Panorama experience citing security and other concerns.

Some groups teamed up with Caesar's Army which staged its own rival event, Bacchanal Road, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 3, 2016
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  An Unusual Steel Band of Handicapped Children
And the Dedicated lady who taught them

Guyana, S.A. -  Totally oblivious of his surroundings, mentally retarded Terrence Gittens the star of the David Rose School for the Handi­capped, beats his pans playing from his soul.

The steel band is com­prised of one hearing impaired and four men­tally retarded children. The headmistress of the school approached Cheryl Eversely, a teacher of the school, and asked her to teach the children who showed an interest. Cheryl plays the piano and recorder. She had to be taught by Roy Geddes, the pioneer of steel band music in Guyana. Another teacher of the school, Mr. Spence was taught also to assist Eversely.

Cheryl had to first familiarise the children with the notes by taking their hands and placing them upon the notes over and over.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 1, 2017
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Wither the Steelband Panorama?

by Andre Moses

Renegades Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ...Gradually and seemingly ‘unnoticed’ the crowds and national enthusiasm generated by the Steelband Panorama have begun to dissipate, and like West Indies cricket the symptoms of this ‘loss of energy’ are quite evident to those who are perceptive enough to ‘see’.

The North Stand that represented the next generation of steelband lovers has not recovered from the self-inflicted wound of the ‘Panorama Greens’ and a new generation of youth is growing up without any organic connection to the steelband, save for a fleeting engagement in a school steelband.

At the same time the average age of the Grand Stand faithful has been moving steadily northwards from fifty to sixty to seventy years...
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Web Posted - Sunday January 1, 2017
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Pan Trinbago Speaks on Pan Uproar

Michael Joseph - Pan Trinbago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - I must express my disgust and indignation at the attitude and behaviour of a few misguided, uninformed panists, who attended a general membership meeting at City Hall, Port of Spain on 28/12/2016, called by Pan Trinbago Inc. to discuss players’ remittances for 2016 and the future of Panorama 2017.

It was clear to me that some people came with an agenda inimical to the best interest of Pan Trinbago, but I believe that in a democratic organization, everyone is entitled to their own views, once expressed in a dignified and respectful manner, but when they are filled with malicious accusations and hostility that is a horse of a different colour...
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Web Posted - Saturday December 31, 2016
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To Boycott or Not to Boycott Panorama 2017? That is the Question - or is it?

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. - Is it a strike (by players) or is it a boycott (by bands) that is looming like a massive storm, with the potential magnitude to forever change the face of the prestigious annual steelband music competition of Trinidad & Tobago, known as Panorama? Depending on your point of view and who you talk to it is neither, both, or one or the other. Regardless - all is not right in the land of Pan. This has been a season of discontent.

Normally this the point in the year when drums of steel begin to rumble on the twin-islands of Trinidad and Tobago while shaking the earth into a powerful, harmonious and joyful dance with its people, while iron men simultaneously rattle ancient rhythms that allow direct communication with the Gods - all through its pulsating, Calypso/Soca music. Indeed, this event has a special spiritual component that cannot be explained by ordinary means. But not so this year - thus far. The melodies are in the wrong key and the rhythm is clearly out of time. Panorama, the greatest musical competition and expression of culture on the planet is in serious jeopardy of not happening.
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Web Posted - Saturday December 31, 2016
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Carnival Sweet’
sung by Einstein Brown

Einstein Brown

Global - Einstein Brown, born in Trinidad & Tobago - home of the Steelband and Calypso, has emerged as one of the most talented and versatile entertainers in the Steelband movement. He started his career in the panyards playing with multiple Steelbands such as Invaders, Phase II and Woodbrook Modernaires to mention a few.

He has introduced the ‘Steelpans’ to a variety of music, ranging from Calypso, Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae and Pop, whether performing solo or with his band Sapadilla, his music is a Caribbean fusion explosion.  For the 2017 Panorama season, Einstein Brown vocalizes ‘Carnival Sweet.’
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Web Posted - Friday December 30, 2016
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Trinidad & Tobago’s Chinese Steel Ensemble hosts Christmas and Appreciation Get-Together

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. - “It was a two-fold celebration when the Trinidad & Tobago Chinese Steel Ensemble (TTCSE) hosted its Christmas and Appreciation get-together at its band house, 34 McDonald Street, Woodbrook, on the evening of Thursday 22 December.

The steelpan ensemble celebrating its tenth anniversary has created a name for itself performing at many cultural events over the years both locally and internationally.

....At Thursday’s function, guests including The Ambassador’s wife, Mrs. Kang Xiaolei and representatives of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, members of the business community, band members and awardees, were treated to live entertainment and a traditional Christmas menu.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 29, 2016
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Pan Trinbago in Firing Line of Pan Players - Boycott Threatened for Panorama 2017

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. - In what can only be described as a total lack of confidence in Pan Trinbago to represent the interests of the players of the steelpan instrument - the players themselves have decided to take matters into their own hands. Brewing for months now, has been the massive discontent; the pan musicians and Pan Trinbago have been on a collision path.

There has been no shortage of words by the Trinidad and Tobago steelpan community articulating their anger, frustration and displeasure with Pan Trinbago, the governing body of Pan in Trinidad and Tobago. In what many have described as a blatant display of gross disrespect by the organization, to date these musicians have not been paid for their participation in the 2016 Panorama competition - while the 2017 Panorama is mere weeks away.
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 27, 2016
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Trans-Caribbean orchestra! group plays Christmas songs on steel pan drums

The Blenman Steel Sounds orchestra

New York, USA -  Christmas music never had this much rhythm.

The Blenman Steel Sounds orchestra played steel pan renditions of holiday music at Kings County Hospital Center on Dec. 21. Crowds of guests, staff, and visitors surrounded the lively band — composed of mostly women who are senior citizens — to dance along and sing. The music was so up-beat that it even made care-givers do a better job, one said.

“This is the best thing they could’ve done,” said Rosalind Hardy, an employee at the hospital. “Sometimes we have a down day or the energy is extremely down that day — but this type of music lifts us up and that way when we deal with visitors we are more cheerful, they enjoy it that way. When they come to us we don’t have to worry about have attitudes.”

And music itself offers it’s own health benefits, according to the band’s musical director.
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 27, 2016
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Star Panist Dane Gulston Speaks on Panorama and Players Situation

NOW OR NEVER PANMEN WISE UP

Dane Gulston

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. - “Personally I have no confidence in the president. He cannot take us forward with total break down in communication, lies about panmen money, lies about documents com...ing in from NCC etc...... All of them taking us for fools.. We have to stand up NOW OR NEVER PANMEN WISE UP. NO $$$ N0 PANORAMA .. All of them should go...”
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Web Posted - Thursday December 22, 2016
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RIP - Master Tuner Wallace Austin Passes

Simply one of the world’s best

Wallace Austin

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. - The Steelpan community remembers the great Wallace Austin on his passing.

....Tributes pour in from all over the world singing praises to one of the world’s best steelpan tuners.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 22, 2016
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Blows - Redux’
sung by Jimmy Chambers

Jimmy Chambers

Global - Born in the Caribbean twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T), Jimmy Chambers traveled to England with great expectations of being a successful singer and has since realised that ambition.

From 2012 Jimmy has written several songs for Panorama over the years.

For the upcoming season he has re-worked a previous release, “Blows - Redux,” co-written with pal and drummer Tony Mason; the track is featured here.
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Web Posted - Wednesday December 21, 2016
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Pokemon Blues’
sung by “Crazy”

Edwin “Crazy” Young

Global - Edwin Ayoung or “Crazy” was born Edwin Ayoung in 1944, on Maraval Road in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

A brilliant double-entendre artiste at its best - Ayoung has delighted in pushing the envelope in his humorous and witty manner.

He’s been ranked in the top three for Trinidad & Tobago’s annual national calypso monarch competition.

“Crazy” has already been heard from for the season on several songs; but there’s always room for more from the man, so this track is one such - written by Gregory “GB” Ballantyne, it’s called “Pokemon Blues.”
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Web Posted - Monday December 19, 2016
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Song for Panorama 2017
‘Good Morning’
sung by Peter Ram

Peter Ram

Global - Songwriter and co-producer Jovan James is the musical heavyweight behind the wildly-popular ‘Good Morning’  brought to life by Barbados-based, internationally-renowned performing artist Peter Ram.  Ram, on the musical map with the iconic ditty ‘Woman By My Side’ and much more - has had the entire region rocking to ‘Good Morning’ since the 2016 Crop Over festival in Barbados. 

With the track’s appeal continually expanding, James and Ram unleashed the ‘Trinbago’ version as it shows no sign of slowing down.

Add to that, at least three steel orchestras in the ‘Home of Pan’, Trinidad & Tobago, have officially opted for ‘Good Morning’ as their tune of choice for Panorama 2017 - and that list can grow.  On board presently competing with the captivating song are:  Katzenjammers Steel Orchestra, San City Steel Symphony and Our Boys Steel Orchestra.
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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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