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Web Posted - Wednesday July 30, 2014
Trinidad Express Newspapers

 Pan Trinbago needs $25m for 2015 steelband conference
‘Cap in hand’ every time: Keith Diaz, right, president of Pan Trinbago, and secretary Richard Forteau address a news conference to highlight issues facing the organisation at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, yesterday.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago needs $25 million to bring off the planned International Conference and Panorama (ICP) scheduled for August 2015.

The organisation’s president, Keith Diaz, made the announcement yesterday at a news conference at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Diaz said his line ministry (Arts and Multiculturalism) told him he should get the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Tourism involved in the project.

The purpose of the conference is to establish an International Organisation for Pan with its headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago.

Ground work for the conference is ongoing and Pan Trinbago has been talking with interested countries. The delegates at the conference will choose an executive for this International Organisation.

“People are excited about the ICP, even as far off as Australia and New Zealand, UK, USA, Poland, Greece and the Caribbean,’’ said Diaz.
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Web Posted - Monday July 28, 2014
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 Laventille to Brooklyn, A Phenomenal People - A Great Day for the Steelpan and Community
Laventille Pan Family Reunion 2014

Philadelphia Pan Stars Steel Orchestra

New York, USA - On a balmy Brooklyn Summer night some two thousand-plus miles away from its namesake (Laventille) - D’Radoes Steel Orchestra held its 2nd annual ‘Laventille Pan Family Reunion’ Day in its panyard. The packed yard was a reminder of the love, special bond between a people, and strength of the community spirit of the people of Laventille all over the world.

....People came together in droves, ‘dressed to the nines’ (many already kitted out in the 2014 Desperadoes/Tokyo commemorative shirts made just for this event) to recall old times, celebrate the achievements and successes of Laventille citizens, renew old friendships and most of all - to remember and reaffirm their greatness, both to themselves and to the outside world through Pan. Philadelphia Pan Stars, Despers USA and the host D’Radoes Steel Orchestra were on hand for musical performances.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 24, 2014
Guyana Times

 Amazon Warriors Energy Drink sponsors steel pan group

Under the Amazon Warriors Energy Drink brand, NEW GPC INC Human Resources Manager Faye Smartt-Scott presents the Panwave steel pan group, which has been in existence since 2009 and provides music literacy lessons to schoolchildren, with their sponsorship cheque

Guyana, SA -  The Amazon Warriors Energy Drink, produced by the NEW GPC INC, is making waves not just in stores but also by boosting the performance of persons, with its latest sponsorship of the Panwave Steel Pan group on Thursday.

The Panwave group has been in existence since 2009 and teaches music to schoolchildren under the Culture, Youth and Sport Ministry. The group will be heading to Suriname to perform in a concert for schoolchildren, as well as a concert for Guyanese residents living in the neighbouring country.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 24, 2014
UAH Campus News

 UAH Steel Drum Band hits sweet spot

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Alabama, USA -  There's something about the tintinnabulation of a steel drum that transports the listener to the sun-soaked islands of the Caribbean. And there's no doubt that magical quality has contributed to the recent rise in popularity of steel drum bands at college campus across the U.S.

"There's just no sound like it," says Deborah Loach, a music instructor and the director of the steel drum band at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). "When we play, people come up and thank us. They say they're more relaxed, or it reminds them of a cruise they took to the islands."

Each semester, the band forms anew from students who opt to take the once weekly, half-credit chamber ensemble class for steel drums. Some are returning players familiar with how the drums are played; others are first-timers lured by the instrument's unique appeal. Either way, all are welcome.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 24, 2014
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 Meet Khuent Rose - Educator, Arranger, Composer, Performing Artist - UpClose!

Educator, Arranger, Composer, Performing Artist Khuent RoseGlobal - Khuent Rose is a scholar, an intellectual, brilliant, thoughtful and cerebral without being ‘disconnected and automated.’ His immense musical talent is undeniable as he remains spiritually, historically and actively engaged with the steelpan music genre. And Khuent is part of that new generation of young steelpan music innovators that is charting an imaginative and successful direction while holding a profound respect and understanding for the titans that have built this distinctive art form.

Hear his views on education, Panorama, the way forward and the present state of Pan in this exclusive interview with When Steel Talks.
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Web Posted - Wednesday July 23, 2014
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 Republic Bank Angel Harps receives $35,000 to assist with Panorama

Band member, Bernard Ross receiving sponsorship cheque from managing director, Republic Bank, Keith JohnsonSt. George’s, Grenada, W.I. - The countdown to “Pantastic Saturday” (August 09, 2014) is on. Republic Bank continues to support the Republic Bank Angel Harps Steel Orchestra for the 32nd consecutive year.

On July 18, 2014, the Bank made a contribution of $35,000.00 to the Band, to assist with preparations for the 2014 panorama season. Band member, Bernard Ross received the cheque on behalf of the Band. According to him, preparations for the 2014 panorama season are well underway, with rehearsals in full swing.

The Band is confident of capturing the coveted title for a fourteenth time.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 22, 2014
Jamaica Observer

 Big crowd for Rhapsody in Steel

Master panist Darren Sheppard, headliner of Rhapsody In Steel concert, held at the Karram Speid Auditorium in St Andrew, on Sunday.Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. - Hundreds of patrons turned up at the Karram Speid Auditorium on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew, for Rhapsody In Steel, on Sunday afternoon.

The show featured Trinidad-born, Toronto-based master panist Darren Sheppard, as well as University of the West Indies (UWI) Panoridim Steel Orchestra, and Harold Davis.

"This is the third year and so far, the concert has raised on average of around $500,000," Audley Betton, chairman of the fund-raising committee at the Church of St John the Evangelist -- the organisers, told the Jamaica Observer.

Sheppard's inclusion was part of the organisers attempt to transform the steel pan music show into a calendar event.

"We're trying to get enough corporate sponsorship to bring a steel pan band from Trinidad & Tobago for next year," Betton said.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 22, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

 Pan lover grows T&T culture in Houston

Artist Leon Simeon shows his work during an interview at Guardian Media Ltd. Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Leon F Simeon is a Trinidad-born graphic designer, teacher, digital artist and photographer with an affinity for pan. Residing in America for the past 34 years, he returned home on July 14 to see his 94-year-old mother, and to stage an exhibition of his works in Port-of-Spain.

....“I am a true South and Benedict’s boy. I went to school with guys like Warren Archibald, Bede Wells and Jan Steadman. Those were the days of coach Wooter and Dom Basil Matthews. Although I can’t play the instrument, I have been very much a pan enthusiast. I’ve always liked the instrument and my favourite steelband was Fonclaire,” said Simeon.

....Simeon will mount his Panology exhibition at the Nalis Building, on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain on July 28. The exhibition, which runs until July 31, has the blessings of Pan Trinbago and a number of iconic steelband musicians and technicians are expected to attend.
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Web Posted - Monday July 21, 2014
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 Trinidad & Tobago Celebrates Steelband Month in August under Pan Trinbago

Events for Steelband Month of AugustGlobal - Pan Trinbago’s Steelband Month will be celebrated in August with a host of events. The schedule of events dates from Sunday August 2 to Sunday September 1, 2014 inclusive. Some of those listed are organized by the steelband parent body and its regions, while others like the Laventille Steelband Festival, Arima Fest and Pan on The Avenue are supported by the Association.

This year sees the advent of several new activities such as Pan by the Seaside, Clifton Hill, Point Fortin (August 2), “The Jit Samaroo Benefit Concert” (August 8), “Pan Trinbago Youth Boat Ride” (August 13) and more.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 20, 2014
Trinidad Express Newspapers

 Passionate panist for August concert

Panist Richarde BereauxTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - He was dubbed “A Trinidad and Tobago Steel Pan virtuoso” at age 15 by adjudicator Dr Jessel Murray.
Richarde’ Bereaux found his passion at age six, when he began experimenting on the national instrument, the steelpan.

....Bereaux was crowned the under-16 Pan Trinbago National Junior Soloist Champion in 2005. And over the years he received 24 trophies at the biennial Trinidad and Tobago National Music Festival.

In 2004, 2006 and 2008, he took the title for the Under-19 champion at three consecutive music festivals.

....In March 2012, Bereaux auditioned for Berklee College and received a partial scholarship. He began his degree in Professional Music the same year.

....Bereaux has returned to Trinidad to host the second of his annual concerts in August.  “Last year was a struggle in terms of getting things done, but this time things flowed a lot smoother because people actually recognise what we are doing. It is young people under 25, very professional on instruments. I have a group from Barbados coming in for the show,” he said.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 20, 2014

 Big bands join Steel Xplosion

Members of NGC Steel Xplosion on show

Tobago, W.I. - In its quest to keep the steelband culture alive outside of carnival, the National Gas Company (NGC) sponsored Steel Xplosion Orchestra will stage a pan concert next month.

The super pan concert is slated to come off on Saturday, August 9 at 8pm at the spacious RBC Redemption Sound Setters Pan Theatre, Montgomery/Bethel Junction.
According to the spokesman for the band and event coordinator, Aaron Reid, “the pan outreach programme will be one of sensational clash of steel outside of carnival and it will showcase one of the rising stars of the steelband movement in Trinidad, the NGC sponsored Couva Joylanders Steel Orchestra in a pan battle with Tobago champion steelbands.”

Reid, a retired school principal and former Tobago Carnival Development Committee Secretary, revealed that “the Tobago steelbands which will join Steel Xplosion to fly the ‘Tobago flag’ in the steelband showdown is the ever popular Petrotrin Katzenjammers, NLCB Buccooneers, multi-time Tobago pan champs RBC Redemption Sound Setters and three –time Tobago Panorama winners Carib Dixieland.” He further confirmed that “the Dao Simba Entertainers will also be on hand to perform their authentic cultural music.”
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Web Posted - Saturday July 19, 2014
Northumberland Gazette

 Musical pioneers go panning for gold

Members of the band Steel QuakeNorthumberland, England - Blending the traditional with Trinidad, youngsters from north Northumberland are taking part in the largest celebration of newly-composed music the UK has seen.

Drawn from Wooler’s Steel Quake and Berwick’s Mango Music Shed, a dozen young steel-pan players, aged nine to 20, are the core musicians in Panning for Gold, a new composition by Northumbrian musician Alistair Anderson.

Commissioned by Sage Gateshead, as part of The New Music Biennial, Alistair was asked to create new music that would blend the windswept energy of Northumbrian traditional music with the sunny optimism of Trinidad – home of the steel-pan tradition.

The young pan players are joined by scratch DJ Adam Cogdon, clog-dancer Laura Connolly, composer Alistair Anderson on concertina and Wendy Doyle as pan soloist.
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Web Posted - Saturday July 19, 2014
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 St. Lucia 2014 Panorama Results - Pantime Steel Orchestra Takes Consecutive Championship Title
Harmonites Steel Orchestra makes it Four Consecutive Wins in ‘Small Band Category’

Gros Islet, St. Lucia, W.I. - There is the old adage that is adhered to and routinely put in practice by all elite Panorama performing steel orchestras all over the world - "Take the judging out of the judges’ hands." In other words - drop such an overwhelming and commanding performance that the only thing in doubt is who is coming in second and/or third. Halfway through their performance, PanTime Steel Orchestra made it very clear there would not be any contest for first place on this warm July night in St. Lucia. Whether you heard the performance live in the stadium, on the radio or via the internet the opinion would be the same. PanTime’s rendition of Dream Big as arranged by Amrit Samaroo was awesome. There was never a lull in the performance. It kept building from the opening count to the end, with a small reprieve within the arrangement that drew on a small adaptation of the ‘Impossible Dream,’ to drive the storytelling aspect home. With the final note the crowd roared and erupted into spontaneous applause. There was no doubt about the outcome.
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Web Posted - Friday July 18, 2014

 Andy Narell and Louis Mhlanga to Rock Botswanacraft
Steel Pan and Guitar Night

Panist Andy NarellBotswana - It’s a date. Friday 8th August could go down as one of the best nights at Botswanacraft.

Oliver Mtukudzi and Ringo Madlingozi have produced some of the most memorable nights at the country’s best outdoor venue.

However there is something exciting about having guitarist Louis Mhlanga and steel pan player Andy Narell on the same stage.

These two are music legends who have toured the world and played with some of the best talent. Now top that off with the golden voice of local jazz sensation Kearoma Rantao.
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Web Posted - Wednesday July 16, 2014
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 In the House That D’Radoes Built, Brooklyn Steelbands Drop Musical Thunder... 2014
D'Radoes Steel Orchesta performs at their 2014 band launch

Brooklyn, New York - Seven steel orchestras were present (nine were actually advertised) - Hearts of Steel, Pan Sonatas, Pantonic, Despers USA, CASYM, Crossfire and the host D’Radoes. The six orchestras able to perform gave an excellent musical accounting of themselves. Beyond the high musicianship, the personality of the bands came through at this launch - an aspect which is critical in any substantive critique of authentic, community-based-steel orchestras. Entertainment value and audience connectivity were on point.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 15, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

 Steelpan welcome for Japanese sailors

SOUVENIR PHOTO: A sailor from the Japanese vessel 'Kashima' takes a photo of Private Jason Holder of the Defence Force Steel Orchestra who played to welcome sailors of three Japanese vessels which arrived yesterday at the port in Port-of-Spain for a three-day visit

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Three of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force training vessels, with a strength of 730 military personnel aboard, received a steelpan welcome as they docked yesterday at the Port of Port-of- Spain.

The vessels JS Kashima, JS Setoyuki and JS Asagiri and crews led by Rear Admiral Yussa will be in port until Thursday to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Trinidad and Tobago and Japan.

....The Japanese presented the second-in-command of the TTDF Steel Orchestra with a sailor’s coin, and gave a fan to each female member of the band. Male members of the band received fans on behalf of their spouses.

Having moored, military personnel from have largest of the vessels, JS Kashima came on land, tried their hands at the steelpans with the assistance of the members of the TTDF Steel Orchestra, and took photos.
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Web Posted - Monday July 14, 2014
NBC Radio

 Youlou Pan Movement Urges Players To Cherish The Instruments

St. Vincent & The Grenadines, W.I. - The Youlou Pan Movement has issued a call for ALL Pan Players throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines to cherish these musical instruments.

This call was made by Public Relations Officer of the Youlou Pan Movement, Marla Nanton, who said that more attention and priority needs to be given to the Steel Pan which is the only instrument which was invented in the Caribbean region.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 13, 2014

 Pan and football pun de sand

A member of the Olakunde Steel Orchestra

Barbados, W.I. - The Sweet Sounds of the steel pan are resonating across Brandon’s Beach and its environs.

In front of a large crowd, Massy Pan Pun De Sand got off to an infectious musical start with Central Bank Band Camp.

With a big screen TV yards away, football lovers were also able to watch the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 13, 2014

 The stage is set for Panorama, J’ouvert and Ole Mas

St. Lucia, W.I. - Plans by The Carnival Planning & Management Agency, CPMA, and Saint Lucia National Steelbands Association are well under way to present Saint Lucia with an exhilarating 2014 Panorama offering, organizers say.

The competition will be presented in two portions, large and small bands. Participants in the large band category are as follows: Caribbean Metals Pantime Steel Orchestra, Courts Babonneau Steel Orchestra, Pan Ambassadors Steel Orchestra and Busta Emerald Steel Orchestra.

Participants in the small band category are as follows: Hamonites Steel, Orchestra (defending Champions), Super J/IGA Survivors Steel Orchestra, Wilrock Laborie Steelpan, St Lucy Steel Orchestra and Fast Cash Pantastic Music.

Panorama will take place at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds on Friday July 18th 2014 from 8 pm.
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Web Posted - Saturday July 12, 2014

 Speightstown alive with pan

Patrons boarding the Jolly Roger for the CBC Pan in De City Cruise today

Barbados, W.I. - The Sunset Steel Orchestra brought the curtains down on today’s day of pan in Speightstown.

Those gathered on the Esplanade watched in wonder as those who cruised the high seas on the CBC Pan in De City Cruise to Speightstown Market and Q in the Community arrived at the St Peter venue.

Something is always happening when RPB is around his fans, and Biggie Irie’s Pankatang rang even sweeter when accompanied by the Olakunde Steel Orchestra, which provided the main entertainment on the near two-hour cruise.
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Web Posted - Friday July 11, 2014
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 Panorama set to rivet lovers of Steel bands

Steelband in St. Lucia - Panorama

St. Lucia, W.I. - Organizers say this year’s Panorama promises to be an exciting one, filled with riveting performances and strong competitors.

The Carnival Planning & Management Agency and Saint Lucia National Steelbands Association will present Saint Lucia with an exhilarating 2014 Panorama activity.  The competition will be presented in two portions, large and small bands.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 10, 2014

 Steelpan Booms In Africa
Trinidad and Tobago’s National Instrument Booms In Africa

An Exclusive Interview with the President - Pan Trinbago 50th Anniversary 1963-2013

Chief, President Mr. Keith Diaz the 16th President of Pan TrinbagoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Keith Diaz - as the organization and the country celebrates the GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF PANORAMA, (an annual competition held at the National level that involves all the steel pan orchestras in Trinidad and Tobago, usually at Carnival celebrations).

It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Trinidad and Tobago, at the office of Chief, President Mr. Keith Diaz the 16th President of Pan Trinbago. Chief Keith Diaz, is no stranger to fame, as the 16th President of Pan Trinbago, a close associate of the Alaafin of Oyo, he is well travelled and has accomplished a lot for the organization throughout the world.

Mr. Diaz ushered us into his office with a warm smile and open arms. I was amazed that a man of his caliber returned my calls and expressed reasons why we missed him on our first agreed date for this exclusive interview.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 10, 2014

 Dr. Frank Anthony to face steel pan music in Parliament

Guyana, S.A. - The operation of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport is once again under scrutiny, this time for hiring a foreign steel pan tuner and for not inviting prominent local tuners to a training workshop purportedly held during Mashramani 2014 celebrations.

On Thursday, Minister Dr. Frank Anthony, is expected to supply the National Assembly with an oral response on these issues that are bothering local pan tuners.
This is not the first time that the Minister would be answering questions on this matter. The Minister’s initial responses have prompted additional questions.

A Partnership for National Unity’s Member of Parliament, Christopher Jones, yesterday, said he is anxiously awaiting Dr. Anthony’s response since pan tuners have dismissed earlier claims Dr. Anthony made in Parliament.

Jones said that pan tuners had approached him about the Ministry’s behaviour during this year’s Mashramani celebrations.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 8, 2014
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 Pan Trinbago Northern Region Hosts Two July Events

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Northern Region of Pan Trinbago Inc. will be holding two events during the month of July. The first is carded for Friday July 11th at the Food Court, Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

“Pan on the Food Court” is the second in the initiative to provide steelpan music to patrons at the Savannah Food Court as they savor the various “street foods.”
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 8, 2014
The Tobago News

Angus tells musicians:  Pan is a business

Councillor Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus, Secretary Division of Community Development and Culture is flanked by Ms Marina Marfan, Steel Pan Officer and Cecil Phillips, Facilitator on her right. At Secretary's left is Ms Glenda Rose Layne, Culture Coordinator and Ms Marie Toby, President Pan Trinbago Tobago Region. At back Participants display Certificates of Achievement.

Tobago, W.I. - These were the words of the Secretary of Community Development and Culture, Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus, as she addressed participants of the recently concluded Steel Pan Management Workshop.

Held at the Conference Room of the Division of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, the two-day workshop, an initiative of the Division of Community Development and Culture in collaboration with Pan Trinbago-Tobago Region, targeted leaders of steel pan bands and was aimed at empowering, educating and assisting steelband leaders in Tobago, by equipping them with the necessary skills in areas of management, accounting and planning.

Twenty-eight panists, representing 17 steelbands across Tobago participated in the workshop, which provided them with a better understanding of the roles and functions of each post within the organization and the methodology involved in the formulation of planning for both short and long-term goals of the individual steelband. Training Facilitators comprised Beverly Ramsey-Moore, Manager Katzenjammers Steel Orchestra, in the area of management and planning and Cecil Phillips of Premier Consulting Group Limited, in accounting principles.
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Web Posted - Monday July 7, 2014

 Creative Discovery Museum Hosts Annual Folklife Summer Music And Dance Series
Island Steel Pan Band performs

Tennessee, USA - Creative Discovery Museum is hosting a Summer Folklife Music and Dance Series and this month’s musical session will feature a performance by the local Caribbean-based Island Steel Pan Band on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. in the Museum Atrium.

The Island Steel Pan Band is a family band that plays traditional instruments found in Tobago, St. Croix and Trinidad. Their drums originally were 55-gallon steel storage drums that were converted into instruments by cutting off the bottoms and tuning the playing surfaces.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 6, 2014
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 Meet Kareem Thompson - Arranger, Composer, Performing Artist - UpClose!

Arranger, Composer and Performing Artist Kareem ThompsonGlobal - Kareem Thompson's love affair with the steelpan instrument began at the age of eight years old. It has been and continues to be, a magnificent story. Thoughtful, cerebral, gifted, spiritual and introspective - Kareem brings that rare blend of intellect, talent and selflessness. He is indeed an artist and an entertainer.
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Web Posted - Saturday July 5, 2014
When Steel Talks

A Sugar Sphinx Rises in Brooklyn

“A Subtlety” - by artist and Columbia University Professor Dr. Kara E. Walker

Brooklyn, New York - “Wow!” is the first thing that comes to mind as you initially gaze upon the giant structure, made of white refined sugar within the fairly dark interior - lit mainly by the sun filtering through panes of glass high above.

“A Subtlety” by artist Kara Walker is a living, breathing history lesson in another dark chapter of the Americas. Moreover, it is an experience. As quietly as it is kept, the legacy and appetite for sugar and slavery cannot be separated. Housed in the now-defunct historic Brooklyn Domino Sugar factory along the waterfront of the East River, the giant ‘Sugar Sphinx’ speaks to the terrible conditions and suffering by those who bore the brutality of this industry at its inception.
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Web Posted - Friday July 4, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

 Pan on D’Avenue III on August 23

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Pan on D’Avenue III street parade hosted by the Woodbrook/St James Community Association (WCA), comes off on Saturday August 23, 2014 from 6.30 pm.

The parade will begin at Taylor Street in Woodbrook, then head in a easterly direction on Ariapita Avenue, straight on to French Street.

Among the bands listed to appear in the parade are Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, Massy Trinidad All Stars, BP Renegades, CAL Invaders, Witco Desperadoes, PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars, White Oak Starlift, Republic Bank Exodus, Skiffle Steel, NLCB Fonclaire, Pan Elders, Couva Joy Landers, Arima Golden Symphony, Tamana Pioneers, St James Tripolians, Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille, Supa Novas, Brimblers, Harvard Harps, Carib Woodbrook Playboyz and San Juan East Side Symphony.
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Web Posted - Friday July 4, 2014
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St. Vincent & the Grenadines 2014 Panorama Results - History-making SIX consecutive championships for Sion Hill Euphonium Steel Orchestra

Flag of the Saint Vincent & the GrenadinesKingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines  - History was again made when Sion Hill Euphonium Steel Orchestra kept their national Panorama title for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year at Victoria Park in the country’s capital of Kingstown. Though there was a bit of rain at one point during the competition, there was no raining on the parade of Sion Hill Euphonium when they took the stage as the second largest steel orchestra of the evening.

With sixty-five musicians playing Ron Pompey’s Ah Bussing It as arranged by Seion Gomez, the champion steel orchestra struck their first notes at precisely 10:00 p.m. on Carnival Thursday in St. Vincent & The Grenadines....Ten minutes later when they ended their title defense, the crowd roared and bestowed tumultuous applause upon Sion Hill Euphonium in appreciation.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 3, 2014

 Steel And Glitter Panorama Competition Tonight

St. Vincent & The Grenadines, W.I. - Carnival action will continue at the Victoria Park tonight with the Steel and Glitter Show, featuring the Sections of the Bands and the Senior Panorama Competitions.

In the Senior Panorama Competition, Seven Steel Bands will challenge the reigning Panorama Champions Sion Hill Euphonium.

The challengers are: Potential Steel Orchestra; Georgetown All Stars; Sea Operations Starlift; Vita Malt Symphonix; SVG Port Authority Genesis; Scotia Bank South East; and Elite Steel Orchestra.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 1, 2014

 GHS and Starlift victorious at Junior pan fest

St. Vincent & The Grenadines, W.I. - The Girl's High School (GHS) dethroned the CW Prescod Primary School last Sunday June 29th during this year's St. Vincent Electricity Services (VINLEC) Junior Pan Fest.

Doing the song 'Kangaroo' which was made famous by the band 'Touch', the girls from the GHS shoved the CW Prescod Primary School and their rendition of Touch's 'Tamika' into second place.

Coming in third was the he St. Joseph Convent Kingstown (SJCK) with their rendition of 'Disco Ivy' originally done by the band 'Asterisk'.

The other bands taking part in the school competition this year were the South Rivers Methodist School and the Bethel High School.
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 “Can you hear me now?” New York Pan Stars and Brooklyn’s Steel Orchestras Rock Volume II on Pantastic Friday... 2014


Brooklyn, New York - The “Cultural Center of the World” is a title that New York City has earned for quite awhile now because of its size, diversity and respect for the arts. And now within the city, Brooklyn has become the epicenter of this renewed cultural boom. Leading the charge is none other than the great steel orchestras of Brooklyn.

This past Friday, real, living, practicing, breathing, meaningful culture of the people got a great infusion of life when New York Pan Stars steel orchestra held its annual “Pantastic Friday” steelband fundraiser. It was an awesome display of high culture, history, community spirit, talent and wellness. This event marks the official opening of the New York Panorama season.
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RESULTS for the Trinidad & Tobago 2014 Panorama

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Global - Final results and those from the qualifying rounds, of respective categories in competition in the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Panorama are all in! Get the stats from the preliminaries, semifinals and finals for all the conventional steel orchestras of Trinidad & Tobago which competed in the 2014 Panorama season. 
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Panorama 2013 Panyard Recordings
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Sonatas Steel Orchestra during their recording session, part of Basement Recordings' Panyard series

New York, USA - For this year 2013, Basement Recordings captured six of Brooklyn’s finest steel orchestras franchises as part of their annual panyard panorama music recording series. All the orchestras operated at very high level this year and were indeed deserving of having their musical performance captured and preserved for the historical, cultural and community archives.

....The steel orchestras recorded this year are Despers USA; Pantonic; CrossFire; D’Radoes; Sonatas and CASYM, the eventual 2013 Panorama champion.
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Results - 2013 New York Panorama


New York, USA - Full results for the 2013 New York Panorama which took place at the back of the Brooklyn Museum are here.  CASYM Steel Orchestra, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, have also added the title of Panorama champions to their list of accomplishments. Pan Sonatas which placed fourth last year moved up two to second place, while D’Radoes  Steel Orchestra placed third for the third year running.  Pan Fantasy from Canada went away with fourth place.
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Champion Panorama Tunes of Trinidad and Tobago

Panorama Champion TunesGlobal - A critical component to winning any panorama competition is the song the orchestras choose to use as the basis of their panorama arrangements. Over the years these songs have inspired classic panorama arrangements. When Steel Talks invites you to take a look at and listen to, these famed tunes which have played more than just a cursory part in the history of Pan, and the lives of the players and fans.
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Some of the most important, controversial, thought-provoking and enlightening discussions on the steelpan instrument, music and culture worldwide, have taken place over the years on the When Steel Talks “Message board.”  Considered by many to be a lightening-rod for change in the steelpan music community, the WST message board  has provided a means unlike any for steelpan enthusiasts to share information and communicate ideas.

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