Codrington 5 the Undisputed 5Ah Side
Steelpan Champions

capture the top prize of $10,000

WST World News Division


Trinidad - For the third consecutive year, Codrington Pan Family appearing as Codrington 5 proved that they are the undisputed 5Ah Side Steelpan champions.

The family steelpan ensemble from East Dry River wowed both judges and audience with their exciting performance of “Soca Baptist” at last night’s WeBeat Pan Explosion held at the St. James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road.

Not only did Codrington 5 capture the top prize of $10,000. sponsored by Mega Brite, but they also took home The Anthony Williams Trophy and NLCB‘s $2000 award for the Best Presentation making a clean sweep.

In second and third spots were Family & Friends (“Fete”) and Perfect 5 (“Signal to Lara”). They collected $6000. and $4000. respectively. Both prizes were courtesy Home Construction Limited (HCL).

The other finalists were Antillean Five Stars, Gentle Steel and Northlius, each of whom received $1000.00

Judges were Brian “Bean” Griffith, Dr. Jeannine Remy, Yohan Popwell, Avis Bruce and Kareem Brown.

Participants were required to play any tune composed or sung by SuperBlue (Austin Lyons). The objective was to play the tune (not more than five minutes duration) primarily in the calypso tempo, but other rhythms may be utilized. Players can use dress and dance to enhance their presentation. The accent is to entertain and evoke crowd response.

The second half of the program dubbed featured bp Renegades in concert and Super Blue. Community band St. James Tripolians opened the evening’s program at 8:15pm

WeBeat St.James Live 2008 culminates with the popular steelband street parade featuring traditional mas on Saturday 14th June. Seventeen (17) steel orchestras and the Caribbean Vibe Engine Room will move along the Western Main Road from 7:00pm bringing the curtain down on the eighth edition. Next year’s festival is scheduled for June 5 to 13.

From the news desk of Pan Trinbago

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