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Grenada celebrates a “Pantastic Saturday” with Bomb and Tribute Tunes for 2010

St. George’s, Grenada, W.I. - Grenada’s top steel orchestras are gearing up this year for a major competition.  Dubbed “Pan Explosion 2010,” each steel orchestra plays their “BOMB TUNE” for a maximum of six minutes, and with forty-five players at most.  In addition, each band will perform a special tribute song to Grenada’s calypso great Elwyn McQuilkin, known as “The Wizard.”  The tribute tune is limited to five minutes.

New Dimensions Steel OrchestraThe showcase of pure pan will be held on “Pantastic Saturday” - August 7, 2010, at the National Stadium starting at 8:00 p.m. Angel Harps Steel Orchestra will be defending their ‘Bomb Tune Title’ which they won last year playing “August Is The Time.”  It will be sweet pan music for so!  Nine steel orchestras in all, including New Dimensions (pictured),  are expected to grace the stage.

Pan Explosion 2010 is being held on Pantastic Saturday in lieu of the customary annual National Panorama Championship, due in part to a then-existing impasse between the Grenada Steel Band Association and the Grenada Carnival Committee (G.C.C.), arising from non-payment of prize monies from the 2009 senior and junior panorama competitions and other carnival season commitments.  This led to the decision of the Association’s membership bands not to participate in a 2010 Panorama.  After the story broke, financial obligations reportedly began to be met, prompting a type of ‘meeting across the aisle’ resulting in Pantastic Saturday - the runway being too short for full Panorama preparations.

Steel Orchestras, Tunes and Arrangers for ‘Pantastic  Saturday’ are as follows:-

Pan Explosion 2010:  Grenada Steel Orchestras,
Arrangers, Bomb & Tribute Tunes

1 Pan Ossia Hurricane / Inspector Robert Cadet Soca Feeling
2 New Dimensions More Steelbands / Randy Isaac David “Peck” Edwards Soca Instruction
3 Pan Lovers Hurricane / Inspector Ignatius Bayne Claudius
4 Pan Wizards Shake Your Bumbaloom / Eggies Michael Robertson My Music
5 Angel Harps Soca Feeling / Black Wizard James Clarkson Ragga Soca
6 Westside Symphony Mistake / Ajamu Cas Alexis Tell Stone
7 Commancheros Double Tenor Girl / Ajamu Andre Greenidge I.M.F.
8 Rainbow City All Stars Sweetness / Ajamu Othneal St. Clair New World Order
9 Grand Roy Pan Angels Bumsy / Val Adams Lincoln Samuel Soca Posse

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