Global - From twenty-four steelpanists in the preliminaries, PanoGrama 2022 has narrowed to just ten representing five countries - USA, France, Belize, Trinidad & Tobago, and Grenada – for the grand finale on June 12. The stage is now set with Emmanuel Joseph (Trinidad & Tobago) opening the night, and fellow national Shaquille “Flogo” Forbes bringing the curtains down on the virtual competition.
Emmanuel Joseph - PanoGrama 2022 semi-final performance
The top three positions have been held in part by three names for each round of the immensely growing competition thus far, but panists will leave no stone unturned in attempting to disrupt the order. David Yundi (USA) topped the preliminary round with Mathieu Borgne (France) and Shaquille Forbes tied in third position, before Forbes emerged on top at the end of the semifinals, relegating Yundi to third with Borgne separating the two.
PanoGrama fans can look forward to a spectacular show on finals night, as performances usually hit a new level for the fierce musical battle. Inaugural champion Earl Brooks Jr. (Trinidad & Tobago) delivered a mesmerizing ghoul-themed performance to win with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in 2020, while reigning champion Keishaun Julien – also Trinidad & Tobago - hit PanoGrama 2021 with a devastating storm to eliminate his competition. Both winning performances were accompanied by custom tracks, additional sound effects and very innovative props and presentations.
This year’s winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas courtesy the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture – Bahamas, a Perfect Steel tenor pan and case, $1,000 USD and a private session with a world-renowned steelpanist.
Persons interested in viewing the June 12 finals at 8:00 p.m. AST (Atlantic Standard Time) can join the mailing list on pano-grama.com to receive links to watch the show or subscribe to youtube.com/panograma.
Order of Appearance, and Tune Selections for the finals follow:
June 12, 2022 - 8:00 p.m. AST (Atlantic Standard Time)
SEE Online Streaming Finals Performances here
|Position||Name||Country||Tune of Choice/ Performer|
|Poison - (Bell Biv DeVoe)|
|Pan in D Galaxy - (Vanessa Headley)|
|3||Mathieu Borgne||France||Donna Lee - (Charlie Parker)|
|Portrait of Trinidad - (Mighty Sniper)|
|Fiery - (Maestro)|
|6||Alexander Evans||Belize||Through the Fire - (Chaka Khan)|
|7||Mikiel Smith||Grenada||I will survive - (Gloria Gaynor)|
|Trouble In the Morning - (V’ghn)|
|9||David Yundi||USA||Festival Song - (Ella Andall)|
|Caribe - (Michel Camilo)|
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