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Moods of Pan 2009

One Night or Three,
Steelpan will still take center stage

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When Steel Talks 2008 Video Review of Moods of Pan

Antigua & Barbuda, WI - Hardly a country in the world can say that it has not been impacted in some way by the severe downturn in the economy within the last twelve months.  With several businesses reeling from the effects of this still-ongoing circumstance, business associates and financial supporters of even acclaimed and fairly entrenched events have had to trim their budgets, and the events in turn have felt the body blow delivered as a result.

One example is Antigua and Barbuda’s highly anticipated Annual Moods of Pan (MOP), for many years a three-day festival and coming off with assistance in part from the twin-island’s business enterprises and even the government.  In 2008, event organizers Gemonites Steel Orchestra unveiled a tenth anniversary celebration of their Moods of Pan concert series - topped up with a power-packed and talented cast of steel orchestras and artists who delivered world-class steelpan and cultural performances over the three-night period in the country’s capital of St. John’s.

The November 28–30, 2008 Moods of Pan 10 had a gala opening night with a new component called “The Cool & Smooth Gemonites Moods of Pan 2008 Leroy “Jughead” Gordon 25-A-Side Steelband competition,” which featured six steel orchestras in competition, and in memory of the national cultural icon after which it was named - Leroy “Jughead” Gordon.  Eventually won by the National Youth Pan Orchestra which trounced their fellow pan musicians (the country’s ‘veteran’ steel orchestras) - this group had been musically steered by the youngest arranger in the competition, then 18-year old Khan Cordice.

Music lovers returned that Saturday night for show openers Trinidad & Tobago’s internationally famous Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra, who gave way to the evening’s main attraction, the immensely popular “Five Alive” steelpan group competition, as well the appearance of Calypso King David Rudder and his band. 

More musical excellence continued under the stars on Sunday, the final evening.  Billed as “Another Side of Pan,” music lovers gorged themselves on a talented musical menu card.  There were performances by the legendary Len “Boogsie” Sharpe; a powerhouse aggregation consisting of world-famous musicians including percussionist Ralph Macdonald, panist and arranger Robert Greenidge, saxophonist Arturo Tappin, musician Etienne Charles and more; comedian Sprangalang, and renowned calypsonian Black Stalin and Skiffle Bunch, who brought the curtain down on Moods of Pan 10.

Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra

Ralph Macdonald & company

But with the economic downturn, the organizers this year found it extremely challenging to overcome its almost devastating effect on Moods of Pan 2009.  The result is a scaled-down version of the concert series unfolding on one night only, instead of the customary three-night affair.

Gemonites Steel Orchestra

Black Stalin

But the members of Gemonites Steel Orchestra have always ensured that the best in musical and cultural talent takes center stage in all their productions over the years, and with so many seasons as the event organizers under their belt, one can bet on Gemonites making this sole night representing the eleventh edition of Moods of Pan in their concert series count.  With a proven show card featuring the likes of panist Andy Narell and calypsonian Lord Relator, cultural icon Paul Keens-Douglas and more in store for music lovers, the host - themselves veteran musicians and past Panorama champions - Gemonites Steel Orchestra, is expected to join the line up.

One night or three nights - expect Gemonites Steel Orchestra to pull out all the stops to showcase a fabulous night of music - especially with just one evening to pack it all in!  As steelpan and culture enthusiasts get ready for what is guaranteed to be a memorable and fabulous show-stopping Sunday night this November 29, When Steel Talks takes the global steelpan community on a pictorial journey (below) back to last year’s final star-studded night called “Another Side of Pan.”

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Contact:  Patrick “Stone” Johnson - - 1 (268) 727-6633
Articles, Video & Pictures - Moods of Pan 2008

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