Web Posted - Monday May 17, 2021
The US Virgin Islands - St. John

SJSA’s Virtual Concert Series to End With Caribbean Music Institute Mini-Orchestra

Some members of the Caribbean Music Institute

St. John, US Virgin Islands - St. John School of the Arts will present the final virtual performance of the Sis Frank Virtual Concert Series 2021 at 7 p.m., Friday, May 28.

The Caribbean Music Institute Mini-Orchestra, under the direction of Dion Parson, will feature special guest and musical director Melvin Jones. The Mini-Orchestra is a collaborative effort of students and mentors of the Caribbean Music Institute, an educational arm of the United Jazz Foundation.

The band includes Melvin Jones, Shamoi Rodgers and DJ Parson on trumpet, Brandon Reburn on trombone, Sherwin Williams and Mayeli O’Shaunessy on alto saxophone, Tisean Paul on tenor saxophone, She’Coy Jones on baritone saxophone, Tabari Lake on bass, Louis Taylor on piano, Le´Roi Simmonds on steel drums and Dion Parson on drums.
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Web Posted - Sunday May 16, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Mathieu Borgne - [Then]-Panorama Arranger for Women In Steel

by Nicole Vanderbrook

New York, USA - ....[Then]-Thirty-year-old Borgne is no stranger to the music scene, having played piano and then drums for several years.  However he had no idea of the pan culture ′till running into a band that was looking for a drummer, a pan band.  The eccentricity and the harmony of the pan music drew him in and ignited his curiosity for the culture.

....Borgne sees a huge difference between the pan movement in France compared to that of the United States. Namely in the exposure. France does not have a very large Caribbean community, unlike the U.S.
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Web Posted - Saturday May 15, 2021
When Steel Talks

PanoGrama 2021 Semi-final Virtual Steelpan Performances Raise The Roof

Global - The NLCB PanoGrama international steelpan competition, which kicked off on May 7 with 30 panists from around the world, is now down to 10. This comes after 20 creative and talented panists showcased their musical prowess through nail-biting performances during the semi-final, which was held on May 13.

Fans and newcomers who tuned in to the show were treated to a presentation of amazing talent, pomp and pageantry. The 20 semi-finalists pulled out all the stops to ensure that viewers were left on the edge of their seats after each performance, whilst being cheered on by fans, music enthusiasts and their fellow countrymen. The panel of esteemed adjudicators was in a non-enviable position during the semi-final as they made their selections.
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Web Posted - Saturday May 15, 2021
iLoveKent.net

It Starts with Steel Drums

Seattle, Washington, USA - This weekend, in partnership with 4Culture, Public Health – Seattle & King County will kick off a series of events: Vax to the Future. Working with local artists and musicians, the first event is on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Kent’s ShoWare Center, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project, a multi-generational, multi-ethnic women’s Caribbean steel drum band..
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Web Posted - Thursday May 13, 2021
When Steel Talks

PanoGrama 2021 Semi-final Results - Top 10 Go To Final

Dejean Cain

Global -  And then there were ten. There could be only ten of the twenty steelpan semi-finalists making it through to the May 22 final night of the 2021 PanoGrama.

On May 13 the musicians in the semi-final had their pre-recorded performances broadcast online via Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. The show was hosted once again by event organizer Nevin Roach with co-host Aundrea Wharton.
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Web Posted - Wednesday May 12, 2021
When Steel Talks

PanoGrama 2021 Semi-final - Order of Appearance and Tune Selections

Semi-final Order of Appearance, Tune selections

Global - Twenty steelpan musicians made it through to the PanoGrama 2021 semi-final round being showcased online on Thursday May 13. Following is the order of appearance and respective selections. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. AST (Atlantic Standard Time) and the event can be seen online.
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Web Posted - Monday May 10, 2021
When Steel Talks

PanoGrama 2021 Prelims Results - Top 20 Move On To Semi-finals

Earl Brooks, Jr - defending PanoGrama champion - 2021 Prelims
 

Global - The top twenty of the thirty panists who competed in the PanoGrama 2021 Preliminaries are on the move - to the semi-final phase of this year's event. Over three nights, May 7, 8 and 9, the musicians, ten at a time, had their performances broadcast online via Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. Each segment was hosted by event organizer Nevin Roach with co-host Aundrea Wharton.

Five judges - Liam Teague, Ojay Richards, Andy Chichester, David ZigE Walcott and Victor Provost - deliberated over the participants' respective presentations, with the successful set returning for the semis come May 13.
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Web Posted - Sunday May 9, 2021
When Steel Talks

PanoGrama 2021 - Steelpan Tuners and Pan Makers

WST Tenor

Global - A quick look at the steelpan instrument tuners and pan makers some of the contestants are using for this PanoGrama 2021 competition, from the Preliminary stage. Range of instrument is listed when provided.
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Web Posted - Sunday May 9, 2021
When Steel Talks

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Steelpan & Steelband Music Moms

Happy Mother's Day
 

Global - Happy Mother’s Day to all the Steelpan & Steelband Music Moms, all over the world.
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Web Posted - Friday May 7, 2021
When Steel Talks

PanoGrama 2021 Gets Underway

PanoGrama 2021 Preliminaries - Night 1

Global - The 2021 edition of the PanoGrama competition kicked off on the evening of May 7. And yes, the producers of this virtual show have upped their game considerably. The event's organizers provided a live stream production that was simultaneously broadcast on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. WST (When Steel Talks) monitored the show on both Facebook and YouTube.
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Web Posted - Thursday May 6, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Flamingoes Steel Orchestra

A look at the once-renowned orchestra - yesterday, today and tomorrow

by Salah Wilson

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The inception of Flamingoes Steelband from St John Village in St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago began in 1957 with founder Bob Theroulde, uncle of Salah Wilson. From the beginning, the concept was a community-based organization. It was the pride of the village in its heyday, which stretched from the early sixties to the late seventies; it was nationally regarded as one of the best recording and dance bands in the country and a strong contender in the Panorama and other competitions, being sponsored by Lever Brothers under the evolved name of Lever Brothers ‘Gay’ Flamingoes.

Members:

  • Anthony Cedeno, Anthony Rose , Anthony Wilson, Antonio Nieves, Charles Cottle, Claude Salina, Don Wilson, Earl Ross, Eddie Amour, Edmund Dolabaille, Euramus Hernandez, Gary Lewis, Geo. Jobe, George Salina Jnr., Herbert Friffith, Jaggernauth Ramdass, James Hernandez, Jerome Logan, Jim Phillip, Marshall Blackburn, Mervyn Theroulde, Michael De Garzon, Mickey O'Neil, Mike Cumberbatch, Neil Ballon, Patrick Keizer, Patrick Wilson, Peter Theroulde, Philip Hinkson, Reece Albert, Richard Cupid, Robert Timothy, Roland James, Roy Matthews, Russel DeSouza, Stephen Pierre, Stethen Matthews, Tex Salina, Tony Melville, Tyrell Marcell, Vincent Thomas, Willis Robau, Wyncliffe Neverson

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Web Posted - Thursday May 6, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Esther Batson - Trinidad & Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Esther Batson
Mrs. Esther Batson

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Responsible for the mentoring and development of several of the country’s noted steelpan talents, it was Mrs. Esther Batson’s initiative of cultural exchanges which eventually resulted in the steelband program at the University of Miami. Listen to Mrs. Esther Batson - along with her daughter Dr. Dawn Batson, and Mrs. Merle Albino-de Coteau, in this exclusive interview with When Steel Talks.
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Web Posted - Wednesday May 5, 2021
When Steel Talks

PanoGrama 2021 Prelims - Order of Appearance and Tune Selections

Global - Thirty participants from several countries are competing in the PanoGrama 2021 preliminaries. They appear over a three-night period beginning May 7 and ending May 9. Defending champion Earl Brooks, Jr who triumphed in the inaugural PanoGrama in 2020, performs in position thirty on May 9.  Following are the Order of Appearance, and Tune Selections.
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Web Posted - Wednesday May 5, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Meet Patrice Charles of Trinidad and Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Patrice Charles

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “Steelpan for me is more than just music and notes, it somehow speaks to you in a language of its own that just drives you to tap your feet, to dance and to even sing...”

There are no limits for the Pan woman. She walks the walk. In an exclusive with When Steel Talks, Patrice Charles peaks of the potential for opportunity and her love for Pan and community.
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Web Posted - Monday May 3, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Meet Shareen Gray - United Kingdom

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Shareen Gray

England, UK - In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Shareen Gray, president of Steel Pan Agency, shares her commitment to the forward progress and passion for the steelpan art form & culture as a promoter, player, entrepreneur, and educator.
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Web Posted - Saturday May 1, 2021
Antigua Observer

‘50 years, and we jamming still,’ Senator Lewis says as he congratulates Halcyon Steel

Senator Richard Lewis (centre) presents polo shirts and beverages to Captain Dwayne Mussington and member Fitzroy “Blakie” Philip of Halcyon Steel Orchestra on the occasion of the band’s 50th anniversary

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - “It has been 50 years, and we jamming still; 50 years, with musical talent and skill; 50 years of pan music in the air; 50 years, with passion, style and flair; 50 years of providing the nation with pulsating steelpan music that helped in uniting us as a people,” Senator Richard S Lewis said of the Halcyon Steel Orchestra on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary as a champion progenitor of steelpan music.

Lewis, the United Progressive Party’s candidate for the St John’s Rural West Constituency made the remarks recently as he donated a number of polo shirts and assorted drinks to the steel band which hails from the Gray’s Green community.

Halycon’s Captain, Dwayne Mussington, and Fitzroy “Blakie” Philip, a longstanding band member, accepted the items on behalf of the band.
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Web Posted - Sunday May 2, 2021
When Steel Talks Reboot - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Sesame Flyers Steel Orchestra - “Where E’er You Walk” | Kareem Thompson - Arranger

Sesame Flyers Steel Orchestra

Brooklyn, New York, USA - Sesame Steel Orchestra’s performance of “Where E’er You Walk” at the Gospelypso 2010 concert.
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Web Posted - Saturday May 1, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Meet Justyne Simon - Brooklyn, New York

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Meet Justyne Simon

Brooklyn, New York - To say that she ‘loves’ Pan would be an understatement. It is in fact, fulfillment; it completes her. With a primary concern for the state of Pan In New York, she is all about the art form. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - passionate panist and performing artist Justyne Simon shares her reflections, experiences and views on Pan, and the steelpan art form overall.
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Web Posted - Friday April 30, 2021
When Steel Talks

It's International Jazz Day | April 30, 2021

Frankie McIntosh & Garvin Blake Sextet

Brooklyn, New York - Just Listen...  Frankie McIntosh & Garvin Blake Sextet - An Evening of Calypso Jazz Concert at Brooklyn College  - performance of  ‘One for “Boogsie”’.
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Web Posted - Thursday April 29, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Meet Ke Shari J’knysa Caesar - Trinidad & Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Ke Shari J’knysa Caesar

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - And when it comes to Pan she is keeping it 100. No doubt it is a lifetime love affair. The “Pan Jumbie” lives in her 24-7-365 days a year. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, the immensely multitalented Ke Shari J’knysa Caesar shares her deeply personal feelings and insight into her relationship with the Steelband music art form and culture.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 28, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot - - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Ralph MacDonald, Robert Greenidge & Friends Drop Magic on MOP Festival

 Grammy stand-out turns it up at Moods of Pan

Ralph MacDonald (center) at Moods of Pan Festival 2008
Ralph MacDonald (center) at Moods of Pan Festival 2008

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Multiple Grammy award-winning producer, song writer and performing artist Ralph MacDonald came to the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua, sister isle of Barbuda - to have some fun. What was also very apparent from the onset was that the people of Antigua were in for a very special treat. Ralph MacDonald brought his A-team to town - and they were not about to take any prisoners.

....Panist extraordinaire Robert Greenidge shared the stage with MacDonald; the spotlight bouncing off the chrome of Greenidge’s double seconds, the rays seeming to hit every point on Deanery Grounds, the Moods of Pan venue - and bathing the instrument in an ethereal glow. Indeed, Robert’s grace and what appears as an effortless command of the instrument often conceals the depth of his musicianship. Robert Greenidge is one of the best players to have ever honored the instrument.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 28, 2021
When Steel Talks

Remembering the legendary steelband leader George “Sonny” Goddard on his Birthday

Remembering leader, author, organizer, activist, historian and Hummingbird Gold Medal awardee - the late George “Sonny” Goddard on his birthday, April 28.

Steelband performers in Trinidad and Tobago (steeldrum’s birthplace) since 1950, have been represented by three organizations: the Steelbands Association, the National Association of Trinidad and Tobago Steelbandsmen (NATTS), and (now) Pan Trinbago.

One man served as the head of all three. George “Sonny” Goddard (1924-1988).

He is the only president of any of the three organizations to be re-elected to the post, not once, but (at least) ten times!
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Web Posted - Tuesday April 27, 2021
LoveFM

Scouts of Belize Receive Steel Pan Instruments

Scouts of Belize Receive Steel Pan Instruments

Belize, C.A. - Today the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated fifty thousand dollars to the Belize Scouts Association and Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase instruments for the creation of a steel pan band. The handing-over ceremony took place this afternoon at the new home of scouting “the Sir Colville N Young Building” named after the Governor-General of Belize. The President of the Scouting Association Fernando Oliva spoke about how his dream has become reality.

Fernando Oliva, President, The Scout Association of Belize: “It was our long last dream to have a band in scouting....It’s going to be like an all star band. Not to mention that each district have their own scouting band already but the steelpan will manifest scouts from throughout the country.”

....H.E. David K.C. Chien, Taiwan Ambassador to Belize: “I’m very glad to to take part in today’s event....And as we know the young people is our future hope is also the hope of a country....so I sincerely hope that the donation to the steel pan band of the National Scout Association will have a positive impact, and a good impact on building the young people’s self-esteem and confidence....”

Notably, the first steel pan band in Belize was founded by Sir Colville, who has been an important figure in the development of scouting in Belize.
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Web Posted - Monday April 26, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Ray Holman - 50 Years of Panorama and Counting - UpClose!

A WST Exclusive

Ray Holman

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - In this exclusive video Ray also shares his expectations for this year and the future. Fifty years plus later, Ray looks back on what he considers the successes, improvements, shortcomings and disappointments of the greatest instrumental music competition on the planet.
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Web Posted - Monday April 26, 2021
When Steel Talks

Toward A Sustainable Steelband Model

by Andre Moses

Toward A Sustainable Steelband Model - by Andre Moses

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “The entertainment industry in a relatively small economy like Trinidad and Tobago probably cannot generate the level of turnover to support 100-plus steelbands as year round organisations, and generate the level of funding needed for their sustainability, so the scope of the steelband business portfolio has to be more creative and broader-based. The issue is now that oil and gas are increasing becoming a part of our history, how can we strategize and organise to make the steelband industry an integral component of our future well-being?”
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Web Posted - Sunday April 25, 2021
When Steel Talks Reboot - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Crossfire Steel Orchestra - “Total Praise” | Khuent Rose - Arranger

Total Praise

Brooklyn, New York, USA - Crossfire Steel Orchestra’s performance of the all-time favorite “Total Praise” at the Gospelypso 2010 concert.
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Web Posted - Friday April 23, 2021
Pan Trinbago

Pan Trinbago Drum Factory receives steel shipment

Total Praise

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Central Executive officers and Drum factory staff (pictured above) unpack a container of materials to produce hundreds of drums for steel pan manufacturers.

...one step closer to realizing the goal of transforming Pan Trinbago from financial dependence to financial independence and abundance.
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Web Posted - Friday April 23, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot - - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

“In The Rainforest” – An Unforgettable Steelband Experience

by Mark Loquan

Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra performs “In the Rainforest” at the 2000 World Steelband Festival
Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra performs “In the Rainforest” at the 2000 World Steelband Festival

Global - "The final night was magical, the players were relaxed before the performance, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe [composer and arranger of ‘In the Rainforest’] was calm and cool. We walked on to the grounds where the band was set up and it was as if nothing else mattered but the music in that moment. Time was frozen. The crowd was silent. The exuberant Ben Jackson as conductor guided the players who were performing as one unit with pure precision, to experience a classical piece of genius by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. We could hear the sounds of birds, hear the rustle in the trees, experience the temperament of the wind blowing through the trees, and feel the life and moods of the rainforest first hand as if we were actually there. Then in the finale, just when one thought the song had come to a climatic end, the band stopped, with “Boogsie” soloing effortlessly, only to have the band join in to bring the performance to a resounding end.------ Mark Loquan
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Web Posted - Thursday April 22, 2021
Cardinal Points

Prince Phillip’s death sparks memes

London, United Kingdom - As one monarch falls, the royal family mourns. Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99. He was married to Queen Elizabeth for 74 years. Including the Queen, he leaves behind many royal family members such as his grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry.

....Mirror News listed some of Prince Phillip’s worst, cringe-worthy quotes. Some of his “gaffes” show just how out-of-touch and tone-deaf he could be when he was around different kinds of people.

....“You look like you’re ready for bed!” Prince Phillip said in 2003 to the President of Nigeria who was in national dress, which consists of colorful, wrapped clothing.

If you think this is bad, don’t worry, it gets even worse.

“Deaf? If you’re near there, no wonder you are deaf,” Prince Phillip said in 2000 to a group of deaf children standing near a steel drum band.
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Web Posted - Thursday April 22, 2021
When Steel Talks

Earth Song - Michael Jackson - The Codrington Pan Family Steelpan Cover

Codrington Pan Family

Global - The Codrington Pan Family rendered a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song.”  A short film from Jackson's best-selling single earned Michael the Doris Day Music Award from the Humane Society’s Genesis Awards.

The urgent need to address the issues facing the planet and all that inhabit it were on the forefront of Michael’s mind when he created this song and short film; issues that are even more urgent today.

Listen to The Codrington Pan Family′s performance.
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Web Posted - Thursday April 22, 2021
When Steel Talks

Celebrating the Birthday of Ray Holman through his music

Celebrating the Birthday of Arranger Ray Holman through his music - “Sapna (The Dream),” performed by the world-renowned Skiffle Steel Orchestra at the 2013 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama finals.
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Web Posted - Thursday April 22, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Entertainers disappointed as performances spaces closed

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Disappointment etched the faces of members of the NLCB Fonclaire Steel Orchestra as they reacted, yesterday, to the announcement by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh of the closure of performing spaces for another three weeks.

Some of the younger players cried openly because Fonclaire was all set to celebrate its 55th anniversary with a mega concert carded for the Amphitheatre, Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, this Sunday.

The concert was scheduled to feature guest artistes such as Swappi, Baron, Jazz exponent Vaughnette Bigford among other talented singers and musicians.
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Web Posted - Tuesday April 20, 2021
When Steel Talks

Alston Jack - Renowned Steelband Arranger & Composer

An Exclusive Interview

Global - “I was nine years old. When I was twelve years old, I started to arrange for a band, the Tobago All Stars, the same band that I started with when I was nine years old. That’s three years later. I was arranging for the same band and took them to competition. That was in 1962... I came to the United States in 1969, with the Desperadoes Steel Band. The government of Trinidad and Tobago gave us, all the band members a scholarship to do music at the Third Street Music School in Manhattan.”  -- Alston Jack

Learn who the late Alston Jack was through an exclusive interview with the man himself.
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Web Posted - Monday April 19, 2021
music.appstate.edu/news

Steely Pan Steel Band Explores the Groove of Steel Pan with Student Compositions

Steely Pan Steel Band

North Carolina, USA - In their concert on Tuesday, April 20, at 8:00pm, the Steely Pan Steel Band will play a program featuring students’ arrangements and compositions.

The concert will be live-streamed at music.appstate.edu/performances.

Dr. Diana Loomer, Director of the Steely Pan Steel Band, speaks about the upcoming concert:

What is the theme of Tuesday’s concert?

We are doing something a little different from our typical "high-energy" concert. Although we do have a few of those pieces on the program, our focus this time has been more about “groove” and also the “sweet” sound of pan.
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Web Posted - Thursday April 1, 2021
Scot Scoop News

Music: a uniting force

Exploring how music impacts Caribbean, Indian, and American culture

Global - ....Since then, the people of Trinidad and Tobago have developed the steel pan, which is now their national instrument. What once was music from car parts, paint pots, oil drums, and biscuit tins turned into the powerful, tuned, hammered-out steel pan we have today.

Keishaun Julien, a steel pan musician based in Trinidad and Tobago, has been playing the steel pan since he was 5-years-old and, along the journey, has found his true passion in music.

“Music has really allowed me to see the world, share my talent, share the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, and touch people’s lives in many different ways. It’s something that I enjoy doing, and I live for,” Julien said.

....“The steel pan is one of those instruments that brings together all the cultures and unites us,” Julien said. “It is something that we as Trinbagonians identify with—it’s the raw identity of the creative people of Trinidad and Tobago.”
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When Steel Talks

2020 Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama Info - Complete

Global - PanOnTheNet/ WhenSteelTalks is Panorama Central! Complete information on the 2020 season of the Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama, and competitions:  Schedules, Orders of Appearance for preliminary, semi-final and final phases for large, medium and small conventional steel orchestras, and single pan bands; arrangers’ bios, bios of steel orchestras; full results, panyard addresses, history of previous Panoramas, and much more!
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Web Posted - February 2020
When Steel Talks

Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - 2020 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - At a glance and on a single page, access the comprehensive summary of results for the Small, Medium and Large conventional steel orchestras that participated in their respective categories in the 2020 Panorama.

Follow the musical journey of respective bands through all three phases - compare side-by-side preliminaries, semi-finals and finals through data on band info, scores, tunes of choice and arrangers - on one page.
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