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Pan Podium Magazine
On The Pulse of Pan in the UK


The Official Magazine of The British Association of Steelbands



Melody, Chords, Chorus, Verse, Bridges, Syncopating Rhythms and the Circle of Fifths. Steelband music is very infectious and the virus is being spread at a fast and furious rate, so much so that we are hoping that it may soon reach global epidemic status. This artform is now firmly rooted into the fabric of multicultural Britain.

2008 sees the UK steelband community celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Notting Hill Panorma, ‘Champions of Steel’ competition. From its inception in 1978, this iconic competition has grown in stature and has now attained the status as being the official start of the Notting Hill Carnival celebrations. Its move to Hyde Park, the heart of the world’s most diverse capital was the biggest transformation of this competition and marks another milestone of its achievement.

BASFDF’s Pan Explosion 2K8 competition held in Fairfield Halls this year revealed that the future of pan rests safely with the youth. Our BAS/GLA Steelband Jamboree in Trafalgar Square was yet another success despite the inclement weather. The CAPCA/BAS Junior Panorama competition held on the 11th August continues to develop young pan musicians and acts as a feeder for the larger orchestras. We eagerly await our 31st National Panorama, Jouvert ‘Bomb Tune’ and Best Band on the Road competitions followed by our annual BAS Awards in December.

BAS’s media machinery, Pan Podium, continues to actively support and promote the unselfish efforts of the global steelpan community to its world audience ensuring that the recognition struggle is always at the forefront with the global pan family reaping the fruits of their labour. Pan Podium’s mission is to spread the gospel according to Pan.

Pan Podium continues to work closely with our global media partners to ensure that we are aspiring and achieving our common goal in unity.

Pan 4 Life!
Robbie J

E-mail: panpodium@aol.com  or robbie@panpodium.com  Website: www.panpodium.com

In this Issue


  • Welcome - Message from the Chairman

  • Contents

  • 6. Letter from the Editor

  • 7. UK Pan Tuners
    Without these talented craftsmen there will be no steel pan instruments to play

  • 8. Bijlmer Kids Steel Band
    Hailing from Amsterdam’s Bijlmer
    area this children steel band has survived through Frauke’s determination and the kids love of steel pan music

  • 10. Pan Explosion 2k8
    BAS annual event featuring young aspiring composers, arrangers and pannists competing for coveted titles

  • 12. Invaders Steel Band
    Their pan yard is commonly referred to as the University of Steel band, where many top pan musicians have originated from under their breadfruit tree

  • 14. Sforzata Steel Band
    Based in Curepe, Trinidad, Merlin Gill formed this band in 1975 and they have never looked back

  • 16. Shannon Dudley
    The Man behind ‘Music From Behind the Bridge’

  • 18. Trinidad All Stars – Caribbean Expo
    The orchestra received a standing ovation and continued playing after receiving numerous encores

  • 20. SV2G Education in Steelpan
    SV2G pioneers the UWI syllabus and accreditation system for steelpan to pilot in the UK

  • 22. Volcano Steel Band
    Based in the Sage Gateshead in Newcastle this band is led by the young and talented, Wendy Brown

  • 24. Annise ‘Halfers’ Hadeed
    Musician extraordinaire. World Champion Panorama Steelband Arranger. Annise’s musical quest continues to drive his innovation

  • 27. West Hill Primary
    School Steel Band West Hill Primary School has been fortunate to be able to offer a very unique musical opportunity for its young learners

  • 28. BAS Trafalgar Square Steelband Jamboree 2K8
    BAS’s annual event held at this iconic venue where global tourists are treated to a taste of the Caribbean steel band culture

  • 30. Caribbean Summer in Dortmund
    Pan Kultur’s annual Caribbean event that brings some sunshine to the German city of Dortmund

  • 32. Steelband Chief Nigeria
    In a four-hour long celebration at the palace of the Alagbara of Agbara, Agbara town in Ogun State, south west Nigeria, two chieftaincy titles were conferred upon panman Bowie Sonnie Bowei

  • 34. Paul Anderson
    Our mission is to raise the status of Carnival Arts and we have chosen to do this by taking the art form into the mainstream...

  • 36. South Africa Pan Jazz Project
    This unique project brings together musicians from Hampshire, Art Asia, and the Western Cape, South Africa

  • 37. Porchester Festival
    The final festival community concert was in front of a capacity audience of 700

  • 38. Leicestershire Pan Jam
    Pan Jam’s aim this year was to allow people to experience the true feeling of pan and the many wonders they had been deprived of

  • 40. Copenhagen Steelband Festival 2K8
    Imagine nine bands from Europe and the USA getting together for two days in a flourishing park, performing steeldrum in a colorful variety of musical styles...

  • 42. Jamal ‘Pacman’ Glynn
    Jamal was born in the early 1970’s and his
    initial musical experience began with an array of soulful music and bright colours it being the kaleidoscope era

  • 44. The Maharajh Kids Steelband
    During their Xmas school break in 1961, the Maharajh Kids steelband experienced their first “working” holiday in Barbados

  • 46. Entertainment Reviews

  • 47. Pan Dango
    A fantastic summer slice of the Caribbean on Tyneside featuring a plethora of the region’s steel bands


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Editor: Robbie Joseph
Writers/Contributors: UK Pan Tuners Guild, Frauke Lühning, Anthony Blackman, Mazzini Gill, Ray Funk, Jacqueline Roberts, Ruth Currie, John Baugh, Shaun Miles, Ranee and Malaviya Maharagh, Judith Spoo, Annise Hadeed, When Steel Talks, Pete Beadell, Pat Munroe, Sune Borregard, Paul Anderson and Jamal Glynn
Photography: Response Photography - Layout & Design Print: Donald Seepaul (Indus Digital Colour Services)
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