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The Bradley Years represent the definitive collection of steelband music arrangements and performances for a large steel orchestra. This collection showcases seven classic arrangements from the master arranger Clive Bradley.  Bradley is considered to be the best steelband music arranger ever by many, including his peers.  In addition, the arrangements are performed by one of the finest steelbands in the world, New York’s Pantonic Steel Orchestra. Clive Bradley had a very special relationship with Pantonic.  This orchestra clinched the title of panorama champions five times in seven years - performing Bradley’s musical works.  The performances were captured by Basement Recordings days before, and in one instance, mere moments before they took the stage for the prestigious annual steelband music panorama competition. 

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Champion Panorama Arrangers
Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - They are the single most important contributor to the musical fortunes of a performing steel orchestra. It is a position that is not for the faint of heart or casual practitioner. Deep in tradition and tales of glory, these select men and women compete for a title that only a handful have ever been so honored to claim. When Steel Talks
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 14, 2019
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Meet Gay Magnus
Jamaica

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Gay Magnus

Woman symbolJamaica, W.I. - “Don’t be afraid to do what you love. There will always be the percentage that has something negative to say about what you do, but once focus on yourself, focus on positivity and find ways to better yourself and others you will truly enjoy life/the steelpan.”

A focused, determined, disciplined and extremely talented musical director of UWI Panoridim, Gay Magnus brings it all to the table. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - the panist shares her love and unconcealed passion for the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Monday May 13, 2019
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Pan For The People – the Concert Series

Pan Trinbago logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - TheThe first in the series “Pan For The People” takes place on Saturday May 25, 2019 at the Cushe Government Primary School, Biche.

The steelpan concert is organized by the Eastern Region of Pan Trinbago under the chairmanship of Anthony Walker and his Executive.

Five steel orchestras from the region, Sangre Grande Cordettes, Curepe Scherzando, Arima Angel Harps and Moods, will entertain patrons. Host band, Augmented Groove, will also be in attendance.
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Web Posted - Wednesday May 9, 2019
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Glenda Gamory, the President of Pantonic Steel Orchestra, has passed

Glenda Forde Gamory

Global - “When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of Glenda Gamory on her passing - May 9, 2019.”

“Glenda Gamory, as president of New York’s Pantonic Steel Orchestra was the first woman to lead a major orchestra to victory.”
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Web Posted - Wednesday May 9, 2019
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Meet Rheanne Edwards-Babb
Trinidad & Tobago

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Rheanne Edwards-Babb

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “The greatest challenge for this current generation is that there are too many distractions for them. Compared to when I started out, it’s a bit harder for this generation to stay focused with all the technology that exists. The onus is on them to use modern technology to enhance themselves and the artform and not make it a weakness.”

She is a life-long Skiffle Steel Orchestra panist who fell madly in love with the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more. The extremely talented Rheanne Edwards-Babb has gone from child to woman with the steelpan always at her side. Just take in her story and experience her journey.
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Web Posted - Friday May 3, 2019
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Blind panist, ex-national footballer among Point honourees

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - While Point Fortin may be the smallest Borough in Trinidad, hometown heroes like visually impaired panist Michael Toussaint and former national footballer Reynold Carrington have the world taking notes.

The two men stood tall among 14 awardees at Tuesday night’s Civic Reception and Awards Ceremony hosted by the Point Fortin Borough Corporation in commemoration of the 39th anniversary of becoming a borough.

At age 64 and with no vision, Toussaint, who was born in Fanny Village, now plays and manages the world’s only steel band for the blind and partially sighted.

The Urban Fox Orchestra ((UFO) Pilots in London, England plays professionally and is a hit in the annual Nottinghill Carnival. And while he has the fame overseas, he said nothing was more humbling than to be honoured by his hometown.

....The panist began his career at Starland Steel Orchestra is Techier Village at age five and moved on to the bigger Dunlop Tornadoes. After moving to London in his adult years and taking pan to the English, a medical error left him totally blind.
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Web Posted - Thursday April 25, 2019
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Meet Bowie Sonnie Bowei of Nigeria - Manufacturer, Pioneer, Panist, Arranger, Educator and Pan Ambassador -

Bowie Sonnie Bowei of Nigeria

Nigeria, Africa - What started off with so much promise, quickly descended into a finger-pointing legal battle and global embarrassment.

In spite of having experienced his own version of “When Things Fall Apart” through an ill-fated and since aborted joint Pan Trinbago venture a few years ago - Bowie Sonnie Bowei remains positive, undaunted, buoyant and confident. Confident that the future for the steelpan instrument, the Pan culture and art form remains bright in his homeland, Nigeria, and the African continent. His optimism is not based in wishful thinking but rooted in his decades of first-hand experience as a frontline educator, manufacturer and marketer of all things Pan in Africa. 
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 24, 2019
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Meet Kerri-Ann Hyndman-Borris
Trinidad & Tobago

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Kerri-Ann Hyndman-Borris

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “My vision for the instrument is to be able to capture the hearts of those who don’t understand and appreciate what pan is, what it’s about, and what it can do for us as a nation.”

From the tender age of seven Kerri-Ann Hyndman-Borris’ journey with the steelpan instrument began. It followed her from primary school through university. And as the song “To Sir With Love” says, it has been her constant companion and comforter as she moved “from crayons to perfume.” In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks shares her love and unabashed passion for the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Monday April 22, 2019
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New Philadelphia steel bands to host Panstock Festival

The New Philadelphia steel bands will host the 10th annual Panstock Steel Band Festival at 7 p.m. April 27 in the New Philadelphia High School gym, 343 Ray Ave. NW.

New Philadelphia, Ohio, USA - The New Philadelphia steel bands will host the 10th annual Panstock Steel Band Festival at 7 p.m. April 27 in the New Philadelphia High School gym, 343 Ray Ave. NW.

Highlighting the performance this year will be guest pop/rock band and Paradigm recording artist Oak & Ash, traveling from New York City. Other performing groups will include the 46-member New Philadelphia Steel Band, 42-member Welty Steel Band, 62-member New Philadelphia Community Steel Band, Welty seventh-grade steel band class and the New Philadelphia Alumni Steel Band.
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Web Posted - Sunday April 21, 2019
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Meet Mary Genis
United Kingdom

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Mary Genis

Woman symbolReading, England, UK - “Follow your dreams, be professional, organised and pleasant at all times.  Be the best you can be and surround yourself with talented people who share and understand your vision.  Always have a plan and a champion or a mentor who has connections and can help turn your vision into a reality.  Collaborate with all the art forms to gain knowledge and experience...”

Failure is not an option for this talented musician, organizer, educator and successful leader, as she pursues her stated goal to take pan into the mainstream. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - the panist and entrepreneur Mary Genis shares her success story and passion for the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Friday April 19, 2019
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PanGEA (Pan Global Education Alliance) workshop plans to bring pan education into the 21st century

Trinidad &  Tobago, W.I. - “Every instrument develops its own unique approach to how it should be taught, the violin and the electric guitar, and so too does every style of music, whether it’s classical or rock," explains pan historian Kim Johnson as he introduces PanGEA - Pan-Global Educational Alliance - a new organization focused on steelband education.

"In T&T we developed a unique approach to teaching pan, the instrument and its music, in the 50s and 60s, but today, with the decline of community steelbands and the indifference of local youth to pan while it spreads globally, we need to update our approach - and not by a copy-and-paste of European classical music pedagogy.

“We need to decolonize music education in T&T."
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Web Posted - Thursday April 18, 2019
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The Story of Steelbands and the Steelband Art Form in Aruba

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Aruba, W.I. - “Leonard Turner, a Trinidadian immigrant who worked at the Lago Oil Refinery, was the first to introduce steel bands in Aruba. Being unhappy with the lack of entertainment on the island Turner recruited a group of young men and they began experimenting with music.

In 1948 Turner formed his first steelband, known as the Invaders. In 1950 he joined forces with Naldo Brown and formed another steel orchestra, named Shoo-Shoo Baby and Aruba All Star Boys.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 17, 2019
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Meet Bria Blake
New York, USA

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Bria Blake

Woman symbolNew York, USA - “When I was a child I participated in an African dance program. Also, on my father’s side of the family, they would have prayers and include drums. I grew to love drums and the sounds of different rhythms. When I was introduced to pan I was taught tenor bass which instantly reminds me of African drums. That’s where the love story began.”

Moving forward and striving for greatness. In an exclusive interview a determined and focused Bria Blake shares her pan experiences with the global When Steel Talks audience.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 17, 2019
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French youth panists visit TT

Local instructor Robert Tobitt takes Zoé François and Lilas Villechalane through their paces.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Eight children from the band P’tit Pan of Nantes, France, flew into TT last Tuesday to learn the rudiments of pan, and also to familiarise themselves with the culture of this country.

They were the toast of a reception hosted by French Ambassador to TT Serge Lavroff and his wife Caroline at their home in St Clair on Thursday evening.

....Mokhtar El-Mokhtari, coach of the group, and who runs the Calyps’ Atlantik Pan School in France said the visit is part of the band’s project conceptualised some years ago.
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Web Posted - Monday April 15, 2019
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Rise of the Steelband in Guyana

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Guyana, S.A. - “By 1947, the Trinidad band Red Army arrived in Georgetown by schooner, and made an impressive appearance. The nylon goes that at a dance performance at BGCC, there was a huge scuffle near the stage. When order was restored a first pan was missing. I have never been able to corroborate this story, but must admire that even before 1950 our natives were demonstrating enterprise and resourcefulness.”

Before his passing, Godfrey Chin provided When Steel Talks (WST) with a brief history of the rise of the steelband in Guyana. Godfrey Chin was an extraordinary person. He produced an exceptional and highly respected body of work that will forever be etched in Guyana’s cultural history. He was a former costume designer, a founding member of the Guyana Cultural Association, journalist, historian and author, He is described as “a living tribute to our bygone and was adept at rekindling in us an irresistible longing for times when things seemed purer, simpler and more enjoyable”.
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 Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - 2019 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

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 2019 Panorama.

Follow the musical journey of respective bands through all three phases - preliminaries, semi-finals and finals through data on band info, scores, tunes of choice and arrangers.
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Early Trinidad and Tobago Steelbands Names Associated with Hollywood Movies
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Global - Within the historical context, a look at the impact of American movies on the naming of early steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago.
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