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Grenada’s 2012 National Panorama Line-up - Bands, Tunes & more

Global -  The National  Panorama in Grenada comes off August 11 in St. George’s, the country’s capital.  Eight of the country’s most notable steel orchestras will meet once more as they match musical wits in this major annual steel band competition.

Grenada's national flag

The country’s great 2012 Olympic hope, Kirani James, is the subject of the tune of choice “400 Metres” for Pan Ossia.  The track is co-written by band owners Robert Cadet, Sr. and Burgess “Quako” McPhie.  Cadet is also the arranger for the orchestra.

Defending champs Angel Harps Steel Orchestra will take the stage with gusto, intent on holding on to their championship title with “Carenage On Fire.”  Their arranger James Clarkson penned the track, which features vocals by music veteran Edson “Ajamu” Mitchell.  Angel Harps has won several Panorama titles over the decades, with three of those within their last nine years of competition.

Musical opponents New Dimension Steel Orchestra, led by arranger David “Peck” Edwards, can lay the same claim to Panorama fame in Grenada, also having won three titles in the last nine years of competition.  Their last trip to winner’s circle was in 2009.  Incidentally, New Dimension is this year’s Grenada Bomb Tune champion.  Commancheros snagged two titles in the same time-period, followed by Pan Wizards with a single championship.  

This year promises to be another memorable musical battle in the Spice Isle!  Check below for 2012 Panorama details, provided courtesy David Seales of Angel Harps.

2012 Grenada National Panorama Line-up

Play Order Band Tune Performer/ Composer Arranger Tuner Captain
#1 Pan Lovers Come Back Black Wizard/ Ignatius Bayne Wilfred Harris Raymond Thomas
#2 Grand Roy Pan Angels Pan Vibes Edmund Calliste Denver Mendes Dejon Phillip
#3 New Dimension When We Come Back Godfrey “Soca Banton” Mitchell Ricardo “Africa” Ashton
#4 Rainbow City All Stars Sweet Sweet Sweet Francis “Flying Cloud” Daniel
Othniel St. Clair Patrick Worrell Richard Collier
#5 Angel Harps Carenage On Fire James Clarkson / Edson “Ajamu” Mitchell Leroy “Malu” Stephen
#6 Commancheros A Prayer Edson “Ajamu” Mitchell
Andre Greenidge Lloyd Gay Stephen Greenidge
#7 Pan Ossia 400 Meters Robert Cadet, Sr. / Burgess “Quako” McPhie Vaughn Walker
#8 Florida All Stars Soca Instructions Black Wizard/ Allan Gaskin Michael Alexis Martin Simpson

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