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Web Posted - Thursday May 31, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Gadsby-Dolly digs in on pan payment

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.  - Despite calls from regional heads of Pan Trinbago for Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly to get the National Carnival Commission (NCC) to pay panmen directly, she has not budged from her position.

At present they are due to be paid their fees for 2018 and outstanding prize money through the organisation’s central executive.

Gadsby-Dolly said the situation with Pan Trinbago is unfortunate, but the pan players are not the only people owed.

She said: “It is much more complex than that. The outstanding bills from Panorama 2018 are an estimated $8 million over the Pan Trinbago 2018 allocation.
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Web Posted - Wednesday May 30, 2018
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Pan Jazz at WeBeat on June 7
Pan Jazz Night, offering an impressive line-up of well-known entertainers, takes place at the St. James Amphitheatre

WeBeat St. James Live logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Jazz heads to St. James on Day Two of WeBeat St. James Live 2018, the cultural experience hosted by the St. James Community Improvement Committee (CIC).

Pan Jazz Night, offering an impressive line-up of well-known entertainers, takes place at the St. James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St. James, Trinidad, on Thursday June 7, starting at 8 p.m.

Featured performers are the National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO); Codrington Pan Family; Golden Hands Steel Orchestra and Moore’s Music. They will showcase from smooth jazz to classic jazz, to calypso and groovy jazz.
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 29, 2018
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Boogsie Sharpe: The Legend Trapped Between Reason and Reality

Global - How many times has he heard the same review? He overarranges. He plays too many notes. He’s too jazzy. This is calypso—our music, they remind. And who are “they” but a bunch of amateurs strutting in his panyard a few nights before the 1987 North Zone steel band finals, running off at the mouth about his musical style. “Ay, Boogsie, you know what?,” they’d crow. “Maybe you could take this part out, put this one in and,... blah, blah, blah.” Such brass! Small wonder he escapes the din by hanging out his pride in the shadows of Phase II Pan Groove, his own big band of 100 players now rehearsing on gleaming chrome pans with steely tones. Here, amid the cacophony, he is secure. In the belly of the beast, Boogsie Sharpe, the world’s best panist-composer-arranger is home.
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Web Posted - Sunday May 27, 2018

Les 3 Éléphants - Les enfants montent sur scène au Kidztival

 D’habitude, on chante guitare-voix et là, y a tous les bidons, c’est marrant », explique l’artiste Mazarin

France - Ce dimanche 27 mai, de 16 h à 16 h 40, au Théâtre de Laval, les musiciens Mazarin et Jean Duval accompagneront 140 élèves de l’école Germaine-Tillon, dans le cadre du festival des 3 Éléphants. Voici Mazarin et les Pom’Kids.

« Trop de morts et trop de blessés. Rester, partir, je dois choisir. » Des mots forts, chantés par les enfants de l’école Germaine-Tillon de Laval. Jeudi 15 mars, c’est la première fois que les CM1/CM2 répètent avec les enfants du steel-band (percussions sur bidons) du chevronné Jean Duval.

La finalité du projet, c’est le Kidztival du festival des 3 Éléphants.
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Web Posted - Friday May 25, 2018
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Meet Dave LaBarrie - Panist, Arranger, Educator and Administrator & Member of the famed 1967 T&T National Steelband - UpClose!

Dave LaBarrieGlobal - He is a scholar, an intellect, a musician and a coach - just to name a few. Indeed, depending on when you crossed his multifaceted life, met or engaged him - the name Dave LaBarrie will ring differently to you. He’s been an assistant high school principal, basketball coach, T&T steelband association and band administrator and New York Panorama winner.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Dave LaBarrie shares his significant and considerable history with Pan and more.
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Web Posted - Friday May 25, 2018
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Pan Podium Magazine - the essential magazine for steelpan culture
Issue 25 - Spring 2018
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Global - The continuity of our steelpan culture lies with the youths of our global nations as they introduce changes, developments, creations and innovations to take it to another level and maintain its momentum in this digital era to command its rightful place amongst conventional musical instruments.

Pan Podium continues to assist in the promotion of the steelpan and its culture through its digital media platforms in conjunction with our universal media partners to ensue that we are reaching the wider audiences and capturing virgin territories that the steelpan culture is yet to reach and be recognized.
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 22, 2018
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“Mr. Keith Diaz (President of Pan Trinbago), is and has always been a stranger to the truth”

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - On Friday 18th May 2018, the same mob that assaulted Attorney Farid Scoon at the Communication Workers Union hall the day before, invaded the head office of Pan Trinbago with placards and shouting at the top of their voices that the duly elected officers must vacate office immediately. This interrupted a staff meeting that was called by the office manager to update them on the present situation in light of all the misinformation that was going around. The meeting although near its end, had to be aborted, as the unruly mob went throughout the office pounding on tables and kicking on doors thereby disrupting the operations of the office staff who felt very intimidated and was unable to continue working until the police arrived. This action also had a very negative effect on the other tenants of the building, thereby bringing the organization into public disrepute and making our neighbors uneasy.
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Web Posted - Monday May 21, 2018
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Central Executive of Pan Trinbago appalled at attitude displayed by members of its organization

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Saddening, Maddening and Frightening, is the only way to describe the despicable behavior of a few regional officers and members of Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C., who had gathered at the Communication Workers Union hall at the behest of the President Keith Diaz, on the evening of Thursday 17th May, 2018 to hold an illegal Special Convention to tinker with the Constitution of the Organization.

Arising out of a pending court matter, Attorney for the Executive Mr. Farid Scoon went to serve on Keith Diaz, an injunction granted by Madam Justice Joan Charles, advising that the meeting was illegal. Mr. Scoon came under attack and was subjected to physical assault by an unruly mob to the extent of having beer thrown on him.
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Web Posted - Monday May 21, 2018
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Pan Trinbago Responds to: “TAKE PAN AWAY FROM PAN PLAYERS”

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Please allow me space to reply to an article written in the Daily Express by veteran journalist Keith Subero on Monday 7th May 2018 titled ‘TAKE PAN AWAY FROM PAN PLAYERS.’

Two calypsos keep bouncing around in my head while trying to come to terms with Keith’s comments. David Rudder’s “Mad Man’s Rant” and Bro. Valentino’s “Barking Dogs”. The words sounded like mad men in bags, madmen in rags and madmen in their velvet gowns and suits also.
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Web Posted - Friday May 11, 2018
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Youths keep Pan alive at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

PANLARA Youth Steel Orchestra

Washington D.C., U.S.A. - PANLARA Youth Steel Orchestra comprising of boys and girls from Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, the Bahamas, Panama and Jamaica performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

The group led by Trinidadian Debbie Lara played varied musical selections from Reggae, Jazz, and R&B to Latin and Soca, to a capacity audience with a full spectrum of steel band musical interpretations.

....The concert was a welcome feature by the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer and was attended by a packed audience from all over the world including many of the Trinidadian and Tobagonian parents of the youths as well.
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Web Posted - Thursday May 10, 2018
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Une soirée steelband avec le fameux Renegades Steel Orchestra de Trinidad et Tobago, et Chroma Steel - Vendredi 18 mai

Renegades Steel Orchestra

France - Avis à tous les amateurs!  Vendredi 18 mai à la salle F. Mitterand de Carmaux aura lieu une soirée steelband avec le fameux Renegades Steel Orchestra de Trinidad et Tobago.

Chroma Steel participera à la soirée en donnant un concert gratuit...
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Web Posted - Friday May 4, 2018

Phase II gets new name and new leader

Keron Valentine, new Executive Director of Hadco Phase II with Arranger Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe and John Hadad, Executive Chairman of Hadco

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.  - Phase II is now known as Hadco Phase II and the band is now under new leadership.

Former Port-of-Spain Mayor Keron Valentine will now take over the rein of leadership as the band’s Executive Manager.

The changes were announced at a media launch on Thursday in addition to plans to develop the band’s space in Woodbrook, called The Village.

Speaking to Loop earlier this week, Valentine, 33, said one of his first acts was to acknowledge Hadco’s support of the band through the name change.

“They are a very special corporate sponsor. I have worked with quite a number of other corporate entities and they are into it. Most corporate people just see it as the dollar figure they put behind the steel pan but Hadco cares about the wellbeing of the band and we have a very close relationship with them and we keep abreast of all the developments. When I came on I was always hearing it is Phase II in collaboration with Hadco but I told them we have to acknowledge that it is a lot of resources, financial and otherwise given to Phase II so we need to re-launch and call the band Hadco Phase 11 Pan Groove,” he said.
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Web Posted - Thursday May 3, 2018
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Teneisha Campbell of Renegades Steel Orchestra and the movie Black Panther Speaks at The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards

Teneisha Campbell

Global - The 2018 Keynote Speaker at the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) Harry Jerome Awards was Teneisha Campbell. The former Renegades Steel Orchestra player and an actor in the blockbuster movie “Black Panther” delivered a keynote speech on “Legacy.”

The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards is recognized as the most prestigious national awards gala in the African-Canadian community and a coveted symbol of achievement.
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Web Posted - Thursday May 3, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Diatonic’s Steel in Motion

Scrunter's Pan Groove performs at Diatonic Steel Orchestra's 8th Annual Steel in Motion

San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.  - Diatonic Steel Orchestra held its eight annual Steel in Motion, which was dedicated to calypsonian Johnny King, last Saturday with a parade along High Street. On the penultimate day of the 2018 Siparia Fete, 11 steel orchestras participated in three competitions, Best Flag Waver, Religious Music in Calypso Tempo and a song from the repertoire of King.

Winners of last year’s competition were presented with their trophies during the programme. That competition was dedicated to Leroy “Black Stalin” Calliste. King was also honoured during the proceedings and was presented with an award by Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.
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 2018 Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama Info - Complete

Carnival and Panorama 2018

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - PanOnTheNet/ WhenSteelTalks is Panorama Central!  Complete information on the 2018 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 -  September, 2017
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The Ugly, The Uglier and The Ugliest - New York Panorama 2017
tag words for 2017 NY Panorama: Embarrassing, Shameful, Thoughtless, Bandits

Emperor Star Wars

New York, USA - Well if you haven’t heard already, New York’s 2017 Panorama Steel Orchestra competition was an epic failure for most. Unless you were the show’s promoters - who got away as bandits in the night - except it was a broad daylight-mugging with everyone watching. Calling the promoters “bandits” is really a description ‘upgrade’ as they have been known as the original Evil Empire to the Brooklyn Steelband community for decades.

So in this regard, let’s cut the crap! And the fake news from those who are spreading alternative facts, about how great New York 2017 Panorama was. In reality it was jacked up.
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Early Trinidad and Tobago Steelbands Names Associated with Hollywood Movies

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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