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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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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - PanOnTheNet/ WhenSteelTalks is Panorama Central!  Complete information on the 2019 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 - Thursday February 28, 2019
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How to Stop Worrying About Duvone Stewart
BP Renegades Has a Feeling In Its Soul Like It Born Again

Duvone Stewart

by Dalton Narine

Trinidad & Tobago - I know a delusional man who thinks he’s witnessing from the front seat of his car a flamingo laughing at the antics of a clown.

But it’s just BP Renegades arranger Duvone Stewart performing his usual nightly theatrical presentation — not those of a clown — to the music of Nadia Batson’s Hookin' Meh, sung by Farmer Nappy.

People should focus on themselves without worrying about others. This is how I see it.

For sure, the band legitimately has Duvone at its disposal and Duvone executes his routine while drilling the band in preparation for Panorama.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 28, 2019
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 Steelpan for the digital age
Johann Chuckaree's Indigisounds redefines the national instrument

Johann ChuckareeTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - At the age of 29, Johann Chuckaree, runs different businesses and juggles that with a demanding performance schedule. His advice? Surround yourself with the right people and learn from your mistakes.

A well-known panist, Chuckaree does not have a business background but, in addition to his career as a solo musician, he is also the co-founder and business development manager at Indigisounds, and the founder of JC Networking and Security Ltd.

....Chuckaree’s love for music started when he began playing the steelpan at age four. In 2003, he joined Phase II Pan Groove and immediately felt at home. There he learned from the members, including arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 26, 2019
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All Systems Go For Small Steel Orchestra Finals - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2019’

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Components of Mas and Calypso will be added to the National Panorama Small Steel Orchestra Finals at Skinner’s Park, San Fernando, on Thursday 28 February, from 7:00 p.m., making it a total Carnival experience.

According to Phillip Barker, Chairman South/Central Region – Pan Trinbago: “This a golden opportunity for San Fernandians to come out in their numbers and get an early taste of Carnival, seeing that there will not be a South Pre-Dimanche Gras show this year.”
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 26, 2019
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Nailah Blackman ‘in Tears’ after El Dorado Secondary Blue Steel Performs “Iron Love”

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Overcome with emotion, popular Soca artist Nailah Blackman was moved to tears as she witnessed El Dorado Secondary Blue Steel perform her 2019 song for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

The performance earned the orchestra second place in the Secondary Schools 2019 Junior Panorama competition.

The arranger was the multitalented Keisha Codrington.
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Web Posted - Monday February 25, 2019
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Leon “Smooth” Edwards - ‘Pass The Pepper’

Leon “Smooth” Edwards

by Dalton Narine

Trinidad & Tobago - Every once in a while there comes along a man so multi-talented in the arts that no one specific field can satisfy his creative energy.

An old saying has it that nothing concentrates the mind like the threat or thought of defeat.

All dramatic stories involve conflict. Typically, the narrative will open with some sense of a normal society, as in Smooth and Trinidad All Stars devise enough strategy to improve their Game.

Hello.
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Web Posted - Monday February 25, 2019
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2019 Junior Panorama Results - Guaico Presbyterian, NAPS Combined & Invaders Youth Steel Orchestras Triumph - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Brilliant morning sunshine to start, unavoidable rain event temporarily putting a pause on the show toward the end. But what was the ‘constant’ that the weather book-ended? The powerful and determined performances put on by the youthful steelband musicians of Trinidad and Tobago. From the Primary Schools, through their Secondary counterparts, and finally the Under 21/Non-School division, it was Pan and Passion all through the day into the night time. But unlike 2018 when all three champions retained their titles, all were dethroned in 2019...
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Web Posted - Saturday February 23, 2019
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TOBAGO 2019 Pan Champs: Full Results - Redemption Sound Setters, New East Side Dimension & Metro Stars Claim Titles - National Panorama 2019

THA Tobago Panorama - Results - National Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Conventional steel orchestras and Single Pan bands in Trinidad’s sister isle of Tobago had their musical “say” in the annual THA (Tobago House of Assembly) steelband Panorama competition on Friday February 22.

Pan Trinbago Tobago Region has released the official results. Redemption Sound Setters triumphed among the five bands playing in the large category, while New East Side Dimension fended off seven challengers. Metro Stars was the best of three Single Pan bands.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 23, 2019
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Exodus wins injunction against Pan Trinbago
“Yes” to Kees’ ‘Savannah Grass’
Exodus Steel Orchestra Manager Ainsworth Mohammed, left, and his Attorney Masaisai leave the Hall of Justice after they won their injunction last night.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Republic Bank Exodus will be allowed to play Kees Dieffenthaller’s Savannah Grass for the upcoming Panorama final, Justice Kevin Ramcharan has ruled.

Ramcharan gave the decision late last night during an emergency sitting of the High Court after the attorneys for Exodus filed an injunction against Pan Trinbago earlier in the day.

The decision came at the same time Republic Bank was hosting a lime at the Tunapuna panyard of the four-time Panorama champions.

Exodus’ manager Ainsworth Mohammed said the decision would have made last night’s lime “a little brighter” on the steps of the Hall of Justice around 9 pm, moments after Ramcharan had read out his judgement.

“We are actually very relieved but I must admit I felt it was a sad day and a sad week for pan and the steelband movement and we don’t gloat in that kind of thing. We don’t gloat in victories like this. We would like to see the steelband movement move forward with strength and that is the most important thing for us,” Mohammed said.
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Web Posted - Friday February 22, 2019
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Pan Trinbago Takes It Twice on the Chin - Loses in the Court of Law and in the Court of Public Opinion
It’s a “Go” for ‘Savannah Grass’

Exodus Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - This was not just a legal loss in the courts, it was also a severe “beat-down” for the new Pan Trinbago executive in the eyes of the public. They were savaged and severely criticized for their position on social media platforms across a wide cross section of steelband Panorama music fans, supporters and players. Mired in controversy, charges of corruption, incompetence and mismanagement - the embattled organization has been extremely unpopular with steelband musicians in recent years.

If the organization was looking to make a fresh start and a change of perception it failed miserably. The overwhelming consensus is that people felt that Pan Trinbago should have addressed the issue (the change in tune decided on by Exodus Steel Orchestra) at the conclusion of Panorama 2019, since there was no existing rule against this move. 
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Web Posted - Thursday February 21, 2019
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Finals:  Order of Appearance for LARGE Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Desperadoes Steel Orchestra is playing first in front the judges and pan lovers for the finals in the 2019 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama competition. Defending its title, Renegades will be the third band to take the stage. Playing positions were drawn on February 21.

The ten finalists in the large band category will follow their “medium” counterparts on stage in what will be, as always, a battle for musical supremacy. Exodus Steel Orchestra, working with arranger Pelham Goddard, is performing in position seven with a change in song - from ‘Rag Storm’ played in the preliminary and semi-final phases - to Kes the Band’s Savannah Grass.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 21, 2019
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Finals:  Order of Appearance for MEDIUM Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The final night line-up for the ten medium steel orchestras in the 2019 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama is now set. One of two bands from sister isle Tobago, Katzenjammers, plays first when the competition gets underway, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday March 2.

From position number four, the defending champion in this specific category—Pan Elders Steel Orchestra—is going for an unprecedented sixth title. And they've positioned themselves pretty well in the first two stages this season - preliminaries and semi-finals - coming in first place both times. Naturally, their nine competitors are equally determined to end their reign.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 21, 2019
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FINALS Order of Appearance for SMALL Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Skinner’s Park in south Trinidad is the venue for the Small Conventional steel orchestra Finals of the Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2019 competition. The top bands which have made it this far have their last chance to snag the title in their category, trophy, and top prize come Thursday February 28. Start time is 7:00 p.m.

Jay Notes Steel Orchestra will be the first of fourteen performing before the judges. The 2018 champions Golden Hands Steel Orchestra will try to keep their crown from position number six with arranger Vanessa Headley’s “High”. The Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra that captured the top spot in both the preliminaries and semi-finals is appearing eighth.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 21, 2019
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Well Ain’t That Ah (&*!!%$@%&?!) Desperadoes Never Got the Memo - ?
Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Desperadoes Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - In our last When Steel Talks Panorama chit-chat it seemed like the imperial Renegades Steel Orchestra was on its musical trek to uncommon greatness, while taking measurements for extra large garbage-bag coffins (musically speaking) for the other large band competitors in this prestigious Panorama competition.

Indeed an ‘implied’ memo from the Renegades camp, was sent out to all regions - North, South/Central, East and Tobago in a very public manner after the prelim results came in. “Surrender peacefully - you must comply - resistance is futile.” With the closest challenger to the champs eight points behind at that stage - it truly seemed like this story was going to be forever told the way Duvone Stewart and The Renegades wrote the script.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 20, 2019
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2019 Junior/Schools Panorama Finalists Set - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Twelve Primary Schools, ten Secondary Schools and fourteen Under 21 bands have qualified for the National Junior Panorama Finals carded for the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on Sunday 24 February, starting at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free.

Held under the aegis of The Ministry of Education Multicultural Music Program Unit (MMPU), Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C. and the Pan In Schools Coordinating Council, 2019 marks the 44th edition of the competition.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 20, 2019
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The Renegades Revolution

by Sharmain Baboolal

Renegades Steel Orchestra - A band that prays together stays together

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It was at the start of the seventh year of famine that Duvone Stewart and the Renegades crossed the bridge. When Joseph interpreted Pharoah’s dream (Genesis 41:30) he saw that seven years of abundance would have been reversed with seven years of famine.

Then would seven years of famine be followed by seven years of plenty?

Indeed, it was in 2018, the seventh year since Duvone Stewart accepted the responsibility as an arranger for the Renegades Steel Orchestra, that he won a Panorama Championship.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 20, 2019
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Song for Panorama 2019
‘Savannah Grass’
sung by “Kes”

Global - ‘Savannah Grass’ is performed by Kes The Band, and written by KES and Jelani “Pops” Shaw. Currently one of the most popular tracks in Trinidad & Tobago, it has just become the tune of choice for Exodus Steel Orchestra in the 2019 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama season.

The steel orchestra switched songs going into the Finals of the annual national Panorama competition.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 20, 2019
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Pan Trinbago says no to Exodus song change

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Exodus would have to stick to their original song selection for the Panorama finals.

Pan Trinbago’s executive and the Panorama committee decided at a meeting this afternoon that the band would not be allowed to change its song.

Exodus announced...that they would be dropping Superblue’s Rag Storm for Kes the Band’s Savannah Grass. Arranger Pelham Goddard started teaching the band the new song on Tuesday night.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 20, 2019
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Not so fast Exodus; Pan Trinbago to meet on change of song

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Pan Trinbago executive and the Panorama committee will meet today [Wednesday February 20] at 2:00 p.m. to discuss Exodus’ change of song.

Pan Trinbago President Beverley Ramsey-Moore told Loop that they will be meeting to discuss the band’s decision after which they will inform the band if they will be allowed to change their song.

Exodus on Tuesday announced that they will be dropping their initial selection Rag Storm, which they played for the preliminary and semi-final rounds of judging, in favour of Savannah Grass.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 20, 2019
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 Exodus Steel Orchestra Switches Songs for 2019 Panorama Finals - Will It Be Allowed by Pan Trinbago?
Arranger Pelham Goddard Happily Halfway through “Savannah Grass”

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Laughing and jovial, arranger for Exodus Steel Orchestra Pelham Goddard confirmed that the news on the ground was accurate. That the band had scrapped its original Panorama tune for 2019 - Rag Storm - and instead was going with the one of the most popular tunes in the country - Savannah Grass by Kes.

“You found out about changing the song” said a laughing Pelham. “I decided to do that because it’s like they ain’t taking me on with...Rag Storm,” referring to the steel orchestra’s original tune of choice. Exodus placed ninth out of ten steel orchestras in the semi-finals.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 19, 2019
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Arrangers are people too, but Panorama is a brutal beast
Enthusiastically, I went on the assignment and came back with stories...

by Sharmain Baboolal

Liam Teague (left) and Robbie Greenidge (right)

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It was my first ever night time assignment. And my first foray into steelband journalism, if we can call it that.

Being the kind of boss that he was, the late Editor/Publisher Patrick Chookolingo called me into his office and asked whether I could make it while assuring me that he had assigned a photographer who would ensure that I got home safely.

The assignment: to interview all the conductors of the bands participating in the 1982 Steelband Music Festival—Pan is Beautiful Two—that was being staged at the Jean Pierre Sporting Complex (JPSC) in Port of Spain.

So said so done.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 17, 2019
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Complete Semi Finals Results for LARGE Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Semi Finals Results for Large Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Renegades Steel Orchestra in tandem with champion arranger Duvone Stewart continue their dominance in the large band category of the 2019 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama competition, after the semi finals ended. They took the stage complete with the singer of their tune of choice Darryl “Farmer Nappy,” Henry, his “wife,” and garbage bags - into which some of ‘his’ clothes made their way, to complete the skit accompanying the theme of their popular selection Hookin’ Meh.

Nine large steel orchestras will go up against Renegades (title defenders) on Saturday March 2 at the Queen’s Park Savannah. As in the semi-finals, the medium bands will precede the large in the finals. 
full results


Web Posted - Sunday February 17, 2019
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Complete Semi Finals Results for MEDIUM Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Semi Finals Results for Medium Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Last year’s winner, Pan Elders Steel Orchestra, maintains its lead going into the finals with arranger Duvone Stewart, with a sixth consecutive championship looming as a distinct possibility. Final night come March 2 all will be decided.

By 1:18 p.m. local time, band number one, Curepe Scherzando Steel Orchestra had completed its presentation on stage at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. A sunny Sunday afternoon start served as the backdrop as thirteen more would follow before their semi-finals segment wrapped up for the 2019 Panorama season. 
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Web Posted - Sunday February 17, 2019
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Complete Semi Finals Results for SMALL Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Semi Finals Results for SMALL Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The top fourteen small steel orchestras out of the thirty that made it into the semi-finals - now advance to the Final round of the Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2019 competition. The finals unfold on February 28.

Golden Hands Steel Orchestra the 2018 champions are now in third place, as they join the thirteen challengers who are each determined to dethrone them. Leading the overall category after the semi-finals, are the newbies in the small bands - the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force - which transitioned from Single Pan Band to conventional steel orchestra for the 2019 Panorama season.
full results


Web Posted - Saturday February 16, 2019
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ZANDA

by Dalton Narine

Trinidad & Tobago - Zanda’s knowledge of rhythm, melody and harmony adds to the complexity of a band on the move as it primes itself for yet another Panorama victory.

When you meet him, you’re drawn into his world of harmonization.

Suffice to say, he’s from the old school, leading you through the maze of his ideas and intimate knowledge of his craft.

Here he is, falling in love with a readymade song that effectively conveys thought and feeling — his adventures in music stamped as if in concrete. 
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Web Posted - Friday February 15, 2019
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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for LARGE Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The live drawing for participating in the semi-finals of the 2019 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama competition, took place Friday February 15 for both large and medium conventional steel orchestras. Reigning champion in the large category Renegades Steel Orchestra is looking to push through to the finals, from position four. The band and the thirteen challengers are positioning themselves for the ten spots in the March 2 finals.

The semi-finals are coming up Sunday February 17 at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, the capital of Trinidad & Tobago.
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Web Posted - Friday February 15, 2019
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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for MEDIUM Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Defending champions Pan Elders Steel Orchestra face off against its thirteen co-competitors in the semi-finals stage of competition this Sunday February 17 at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. Starting at 1:00 p.m. the fourteen medium bands enter the second phase in their category of the 2019 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama. Curepe Scherzando Steel Orchestra will face the judges in position one. Counterparts in the large band segment - also fourteen in total - follow the medium bands later in the evening.
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Web Posted - Friday February 15, 2019
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 Is the Party Done? Compliments of “The Duvone” and “The Renegades”?
A Preemptive strike?

Renegades Steel Orchestra - Duvone Stewart in foreground

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Imagine it’s the conclusion of Panorama finals night, and there on the “Big Stage” is Duvone Stewart with arms wide open absorbing all the love, adulation and cheers from the audience - and he says in an M’Baku voice - “You have just witnessed the power of the Renegades” as he hoists the championship trophy.

Not to worry; at least for some of you, this has not yet happened. You were dreaming, and you had only dozed off at work or at the copy machine, or while waiting for the light to change, after sleepless nights of practice in the panyard - getting ready for the ultimate 2019 Panorama music challenge.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 14, 2019
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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for SMALL Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The thirty small steel orchestras which qualified for the semi-finals after panyard judging have drawn their playing positions for the next stage, on Saturday February 16 beginning 4:00 p.m. Venue is Victoria Square, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Golden Hands Steel Orchestra, the 2018 champions, aim to play their way into the finals when they take the stage in position five. Crescendoes Musicale, Alpha Pan Pioneers and Moods Steel Orchestra are the first three up.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 14, 2019
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Pan and the future of work
An opinion

by Wesley Gibbings

Exodus Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago - What do Panorama 2019 and the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) obsession with “the future of work” have in common? Everything. There he goes again, you say: “Pan–the greatest thing we do” and all that stuff.

....Why aren’t we harnessing more out of the vast energy generated by a central element of the creative industry?

....We may soon also lose a virtual monopoly on the pan-tuning “industry”—we don’t call it that, but it is an industry. And, arranging for pan, though we have the best pan arrangers in the world right here, will slip through our fingers if we continue to focus solely on the Panorama competition to display the best.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 14, 2019
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Veep’s envious CV: A champion arranger’s story
Carlon “Panman” Harewood

by Sharmain Baboolal

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “I came from hustling. I used to run from band to band.

“But it was not about the money, however. My reason for playing with other bands was to learn other people’s styles,” arranger Carlon “Panman” Harewood confessed in an interview one day after he won his fourth successive Single Pan Championship title on February 3rd. Eventually, his style emerged. He describes it as “arranging on the cliff.”

The champs, San Juan East Side Symphony, was just one of the two bands for which Carlon arranged music. The other is his home band Potential Symphony, in the medium category....
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 13, 2019
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Complete Preliminary Results for LARGE Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Preliminary Results for LARGE Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Renegades Steel Orchestra, with a rousing rendition of Hookin’ Meh - popularized by “Farmer Nappy” - is leading the ‘pack,’ scoring 273 after the preliminary round of competition for the large conventional steel orchestras in the 2019 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama competition. With champion arranger Duvone Stewart taking care of musical business, the title defenders are making it clear that they intend to hold on to the championship this year. The panyard was packed to capacity with music lovers hours before the judges arrived. Renegades’ performance was one of a few which were live-streamed.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 13, 2019
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Complete Preliminary Results for MEDIUM Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Twenty-two medium conventional steel orchestras have completed the preliminary round of competition in the 2019 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama season. Judges took in the bands’ performances over a few days at their respective panyards. Last year’s winner, Pan Elders Steel Orchestra, topped its category with 268.5 points; they performed a much-loved classic - “The Will” - by “Scrunter,” as their tune of choice, arranged by Duvone Stewart. The Pan Elders-Duvone Stewart collaboration is looking toward copping a sixth consecutive championship!
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 13, 2019
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Complete Preliminary Results for SMALL Conventional Steel Orchestras  - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....The 2018 champions Golden Hands Steel Orchestra helmed by Vanessa Headley took sixth place in the preliminaries; and there is also a new contender in this category - a band which made the move from Single Pan Band to conventional steel orchestra - the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force. This band has joined musical forces with powerhouse champion arranger Duvone Stewart and is currently in a three-way tie with New East Side Dimension (with arranger Kersh Ramsey) and Uptown Fascinators (arranger Ojay Richards) - both hailing from the sister isle of Tobago.
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Web Posted - Monday February 11, 2019
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Large Steel Orchestra Prelims Underway - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2019

Pan Trinbago logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - As has been the norm for the last few years, the Large Conventional steel orchestras - seventeen this year - registered for the annual Panorama competition, and are being visited by the judges and Pan Trinbago officials.

The competitors comprising four (4) from the East, seven (7) from the North, four (4) from the South and two (2) in Tobago, are being judged by a panel of four adjudicators. Two of the regions, Tobago and South/Central have been judged.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 10, 2019
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2019 Junior/Schools Panorama Prelims Set - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Unlike its senior counterpart (the National Panorama), the 2019 Junior Panorama registered an increase in the number of participants for this year’s competitions.

A total of 60 junior steel orchestras attached to Primary and Secondary Schools across Trinidad & Tobago have registered to compete.

A total of 14 Non-School orchestras [21 and under] will also be participating in this year’s competition – there is no qualifying round in this category – all orchestras will participate in the finals.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 10, 2019
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

 CAL flies with Skiffle
State airline stands by South band

A CAL Skiffle panist whips up the vibes for supporters at the band's panyard, Coffee Street, San Fernando on Friday night

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Even as steelbands continue to struggle for sponsorship for this year’s Panorama, Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has pledged to support San Fernando-based Skiffle steel orchestra for a second year.

CAL’s CEO Garvin Medera said they also intend to surpass the excellent results of 2018 when the formidable team of CAL and Skiffle placed second in the finals. This was the highest placing in Skiffle’s history. At an exhibition night at the Coffee Street pan yard on Friday, ahead of the preliminary judging today, co-captain Joshua Regrello put 2018 winner bp Renegades on notice. “This year we are bringing it down south. I tell you proudly, no band would stand in our way.”

The band has again teamed up with arrangers Odie Gonzales, Kendall Williams and Marc Brooks who took them to second place with Hello, in 2018. The co-captains Brandon Babb and Regrello are hoping the arrangers can work their magic and move them one notch higher to first place with their 2019 selection, So Long by Nadia Batson.
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Web Posted - Friday February 8, 2019
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Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama Steelband Music Competition
The Anatomy of Panorama 2019 - Quick Chart - Complete

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Global - Quickly find, at a glance - the complete listing of Conventional Steel Orchestras competing  in 2019’s Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama competition.  See and meet the arrangers, get to know your favorite bands, their history. Bios for both are included where available, in the small, medium and large categories. And naturally, check out their respective tunes of choice for the season!
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Web Posted - Friday February 8, 2019
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Song for Panorama 2019
‘Pan Hero’
sung by Roger George

Global - Roger George has dedicated his entire life spreading this message with his dynamic voice and enchanting style of entertainment all over the world.

He sings and performs music ranging from Caribbean, Latin, R&B and Gospel music both individually and with various groups. Whether it be to the clouds or to the stars, Roger George is ready to go right now.

The tune he vocalizes here - Pan Hero - is a tribute to the late Ken “Professor” Philmore, written by Bruce Greenidge.
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Web Posted - Friday February 8, 2019
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

 Asami’s case a priority for Cold Case Unit

Asami Nagakiya, (right), had been coming to T&T since 2009 to play with steelbands. Her body was found on February 9, 2016, in the Queen’s Park Savannah.Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Three years after the murder of Japanese pan player Asami Nagakiya, the T&T Police Service’s Cold Case Unit has found new information which can help solve the case.

Head of the Unit ACP Anthony James confirmed the police had gotten information which “points in a certain direction” ahead of today’s third anniversary of the discovery of Nagakiya’s body.

“There may be some light at the end of this tunnel,” James added.

Nagakiya, 31, of Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, had been coming to T&T since 2009 to play with steelbands.

In 2016, she had also played mas with Legacy’s Carnival band. Her body was found by a CEPEP worker on Ash Wednesday—February 9—at the base of a tree in the Queen’s Park Savannah. She was still clad in her Legend’s costume.

An autopsy revealed she had been strangled.

....Nagakiya’s colleagues at Silver Stars Steel Orchestra—the last steelband she had played with—say they still miss her, remember her and remain hopeful “always”.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 3, 2019
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Single Pan Bands - Finals Results - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2019 - San Juan East Side Symphony Cops Single Pan Band Championship Title
Steve Achaiba

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Victorious San Juan East Side Symphony did the East region proud on February 3, and bested nineteen fellow participants in the Single Pan Band field of the 2019 Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama, to become champions in its category. In so doing, they denied defending champions Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony the chance to make it three-in-a-row.

The latter had to settle for a fourth place-tie with La Creole Pan Groove....For Harewood - 2019’s winning Single Pan band arranger  - he has returned to winner's row for the fourth year running. Arranging for San Juan East Side this year, it had been Harewood who worked with Newtown Playboys for their back-to-back championships in 2018 and 2017.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 3, 2019
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Song for Panorama 2019
‘Friends’
sung by “The Incredible Myron B”

Global - The Incredible Myron B is the embodiment of the modern Calypsonian. A six-time Trinidad and Tobago National Humorous Monarch, Myron has proven he is an entertainer for all seasons.

Off stage Myron Bruce takes his craft very seriously. He is the CEO of Incredible Entertainment and a well-respected music producer. He is on vocals for this track, ‘Friends,’ written by Bryan Glasgow and Christopher Morris.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 2, 2019
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 Steve Achaiba - Champion Arranger 1975
Steve Achaiba

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - He was the one who taught Ken “Professor” Philmore to play the tenor pan and named him “Pro” because of his glasses and small stature. There are many steel band-breaking records done by this arranger - Steve Achaiba - which the fraternity needs to be aware of.
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Web Posted - Friday February 1, 2019
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Garcia plans to push steelpan in all schools
Education Minister, Anthony Garcia stands proudly next to members of the St Margaret's Anglican Boys Primary School, as they played a pan rendition at yesterday's launch of the National Schools Panorama 2019 at the Queen's Park Savannah.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Pan in School project will be extended to all primary and secondary schools, Education Minister Anthony Garcia announced yesterday during his brief address at the launch of the 44th National Schools Panorama 2019 at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.

Garcia said there are fewer discipline problems with students at schools involved in the ministry’s Multi-Cultural Music Programme Unit (MMPU).

“I heard mention made about the Morvant/Laventille project and that project is a shining example of what music can do for our students and pan continues to do quite a big deal for our students and for the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.

The minister said he will be extending the pan project to all 455 primary schools and 125 secondary schools before he leaves office. He expressed the view that pan in schools is part and parcel of building confidence in students.
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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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