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Carnival and Panorama 2019

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 January 31, 2019
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 Single Pan Bands - Order of Appearance - Finals - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

When Steel Talks 2019 Steelband Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The appearance order for the twenty finalists in the National Panorama Single Pan Band finals has been released by Pan Trinbago, after eight days of preliminary single pan competition in the North, East, South/Central and Tobago regions.

San Juan East Side Symphony playing a Carlon “Panman” Harewood arrangement of Iron Man amassed 274 points to take the lead in the Preliminary stage as forty-seven bands vied for only twenty places available to move directly on to the Finals in their category. For the record, sixty-three was the original number of single pan bands listed to participate in the 2019 season.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 30, 2019
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 Single Pan Bands - Complete Preliminaries Results - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The top twenty Single Pan bands in the country will proceed to the finals scheduled for Sunday February 3, 2019. Venue is the Arima Basketball Court in east Trinidad, at 6:00 p.m. These move on from the total of forty-seven bands which eventually participated (the original number scheduled was sixty-three) and competed over an eight-day period in the four regions (North, East, South/Central and Tobago). The defending champs from 2018 - Newtown Pan Symphony - made the final cut, placing seventeenth out of the twenty finalists.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 30, 2019
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 Small Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Fifty-seven small steel orchestras are listed as participants in the 2019 Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama competition. Preliminary judging begins in the respective pan yards of bands in the South/Central region on February 5.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 29, 2019
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Dr. Clifford Alexis, Renowned Tuner and Steelband Builder, Passes

Dr. Clifford Alexis

Illinois, USA - The global steelband community is mourning the loss of yet another elder in its ranks. Dr. Clifford Alexis, retired educator, arranger, tuner and steelband builder for Northern Illinois University (NIU), passed away January 29 after illness.

....Dr. Alexis will be incredibly missed; his impact over the years has been indelible on the landscape of Pan in the United States and the wider world.
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Web Posted - Monday January 28, 2019
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Stubbornness that hurts; why climbing murder rate and Panorama issues persist
An opinion

by Martin Daly

Trinidad & Tobago - I have previously written: “Few commentators have advocated more intensely than I have, that the steel band movement be treasured, that its role in social development cannot be overestimated, that it is a scientific and musical patrimony and that it must not be blitzed out of Carnival by the capitalist takeover of the Carnival routes by means of monster trucks. “In connection with accountability for state funds, I must ask my many friends in the steel band movement to consider carefully the madness of long Panorama hours and the responsibility that comes, or should come, with access to state funds.”

This column is no longer a voice in the wilderness. I now have powerful company on the public record. In the Newsday of 15 January this year, Mayor of San Fernando, Junia Regrello, leader of Skiffle, reportedly advised Pan Trinbago to restructure what has been done for decades in order to move forward.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 26, 2019
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 2019 Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2019 Tunes of Choice Picks

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - With fourteen bands to date playing ‘Hookin’ Meh’, the “Farmer Nappy” soca hit leads the pack as the most popular tune of choice for the steel orchestra in Panorama 2019.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 24, 2019
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MALICE IN THE PALACE
Featuring Pan, Panists & Pandemonium:
Is Panorama Driven Apart by Civil War?
The art, the dance, the Pan
When will they reappear?

by Dalton Narine

Global - A Trojan horse has invaded our annual ritual, just like that.

I had planned on writing a piece about Pan and the instrument’s supposed loneliness in the Mas (The Carnival is Over) in time for Panorama Finals week. So I understand the massive outpouring of the nation’s bizarre outcry of passion, but I own a different belief regarding my take and experiences.

I’ll leave the inner sanctum of Pan Trinbago’s president, Pan’s yardies and the current mind-blowing brouhaha to the Alices in Wonderland and their faux animal characters speaking in caustic tongues of the human language.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 23, 2019
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An Opportunity for Pan
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by Wesley Gibbings

Phase II Pan Groove

Trinidad & Tobago - Let’s face it, notwithstanding the severe difficulties currently being faced by the organisation with overall responsibility for the steel band movement, the annual Panorama competition has not been the “disaster” described by people who are indifferent to the value of the instrument as creative expression and as a socio-economic resource.

....Finally (for now at least), let’s talk about the 163 steel bands that responded to this year’s Panorama roll call. And let’s be brutally frank. T&T is not a 163-band country within the context of a competitive music festival.
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Web Posted - Monday January 21, 2019
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 Single Pan Bands - Preliminaries, Northern Region - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago’s annual National Panorama Single Pan Preliminaries culminate with the Northern region in the spotlight. A complement of twenty-five bands will be spread over a three-day period beginning Sunday January 27 through Tuesday January 29.
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Web Posted - Monday January 21, 2019
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 Single Pan Bands - Preliminaries, Eastern Region - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The second set of Single Pan Prelims showcase the Eastern Region bands in Pan Trinbago’s annual National Panorama.

On Friday January 25 and Saturday January 26, respectively - eleven, then eight bands will perform their tune of choice over this two-day period.
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Web Posted - Monday January 21, 2019
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 Single Pan Bands - Preliminaries, South/Central, Tobago Regions - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago’s annual National Panorama Single Pan Preliminaries begin with the South/Central and Tobago bands in the spotlight.

South/Central Region bands will be the first group to face the adjudication panel on Tuesday January 22 (four bands), and Wednesday January 23 (six bands). The following evening, Thursday January 24, is earmarked for Tobago-based bands. Some six groups are expected to represent the sister isle.
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Web Posted - Monday January 21, 2019
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 63 Steelbands for National Panorama Single Pan Prelims - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago’s National Panorama Single Pan Preliminaries will come off in all regions over an eight-day period with a total of sixty-three (63) registered bands.  They will be judged at their respective panyards/communities on their designated days.

....The South/Central region will be the first group to face the adjudication panel on Tuesday January 22 (four bands) and Wednesday January 23 (six bands). The following day, Thursday January 24, is earmarked for Tobago-based bands. Some six bands will go through their paces.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 20, 2019
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The Carnival Is Not Over
Who Said So?
Michael Marcano

An interview Dalton Narine

“I believe anyone who did not join in the struggle has no moral authority to question someone who did.” (Michael Marcano)
Michael Marcano of Renegades Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago - Michael Marcano joined the CIP (Concerned Individuals for Pan) out of a concern for the declining state of affairs of the steel band in its own birthplace. He’s frustrated with the executive of the governing body, and deems the group as self-serving and lacking in vision for taking the movement forward.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 20, 2019
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Song for Panorama 2019
‘High’
sung by Vanessa Alexandra Headley

Vanessa Headley

Global - In 2015 arranger, composer and vocalist Vanessa Alexandra Headley put forward Pan In D Galaxy as her tune for Panorama, while Young And Free was her choice in Panorama 2016. With Push! coming in 2017, Vanessa continued on to make history one year later becoming the first person to write, vocalize and arrange her own material (Trouble), for her own steel orchestra - Golden Hands - and win a championship, doing so in the small conventional category for Panorama 2018.

For the 2019 Panorama season Vanessa, with Golden Hands, is back to defend the championship, and returning to competition with her track High, featured here.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 19, 2019
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Meet Dr. Roy Cape - Legend, Musician, Bandleader, Author, Educator & Philanthropist - UpClose!

Dr. Roy Cape

Global - He is the man who brought the likes of Beverley Griffith, Clive Bradley, Scipio Sargeant, Ron Berridge, and Raf Robertson into the steel orchestra arranging community. Full Stop!!! Yes, you heard it here.

It is said that the world moves in wondrous and mysterious ways, and moreover, everyone and everything are connected. There is no greater example of this phenomenon than the life of Dr. Roy Cape. If you remove Dr. Roy Cape from the time-line, his significant and global impact to date on Pan culture, the art form and music world in general, would be voided; and all that exists because of his interactions - would never have been.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 19, 2019
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A Father’s Son: A Blood Dynasty | Amrit Samaroo and Supernovas Steel Orchestra

by Sharmain Baboolal

Amrit Samaroo at practice with Supernovas Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - His father, small as he was, held him by his neck and threatened him the day he declared that he wanted to arrange music too. Jit Samaroo did not give Amrit an easy passage into his world. He made him earn it because he knew it was no easy road. Never mind that he is the only son. But on that fateful day male pride made Amrit swear that he would prove his father ..the legendary little Indian who harnessed the talent of the Renegades and over time helped to make them a force to be reckoned with...wrong.

How could he even imagine that the spirit of the music in the Samaroo Jets, which helped Jit to take care of his siblings after their mother died, would not imprison his only begotten son too?
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Web Posted - Saturday January 19, 2019
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Bands go for Hookin’ Meh

Fonclaire Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The most popular song for 2019 Carnival Hookin’ Meh by Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry has become a sort of “test piece” for Conventional Large bands in Panorama.

Five bands, led by defending champions BPTT Renegades will be playing Hookin’  Meh’; very early arranger Duvone Stewart and the management and players chose the song as a leading contender. They waited a bit to hear other songs before making it the tune of choice.

Second place CAL Skiffle is also coming to town with Hookin’ Meh arranged by Marc Brooks, Kendall Williams and Odie Franklin.
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Web Posted - Friday January 18, 2019
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Song for Panorama 2019
‘Alive And Well’
sung by “Voice”
“Voice”

Global - “Alive And Well” is performed and written by Aaron St. Louis aka “Voice” and Kasey Phillips.

It is also the tune of choice for Starlift Steel Orchestra in the 2019 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama season.
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Web Posted - Monday January 14, 2019
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All Stars’ host thanksgiving

CHURCH PAN: Members of Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra play during their thanksgiving service yesterday at the Holy Rosary Church in Port of Spain.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The sweet sounds of pan rang through the Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church yesterday during a Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra’s 25th annual thanksgiving service.

The band’s junior orchestra played Amazing Grace during the collection, then during the communion period, the seniors took up positions behind their pans to play Jim Reeves’ Precious Lord, after which frontline pannist Clive Telemaque did a soothing rendition of Lord I Lift Your Name On High (Rick Founds).

And after the reciting of The Panist Prayer the All Stars played David Rudder’s High Mas for the recessional. After the special mass, Daryl Joseph, Public Relations Officer of Massy All Stars told Newsday: “This is the 25th thanksgiving service that the orchestra has been having at the church.
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Web Posted - Monday January 14, 2019
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Holiday flashback: Barrels to Beethoven event held in Wilkinsburg

Sofia Pugliano plays the steelpan, center, along with brothers Zosha Nowe, left, and Ziah Nowe, right

Pennsylvania, USA - On the heels of a successful holiday party last month, Barrels to Beethoven — an organization co-founded by Leigh Solomon Pugliano and her husband, David Pugliano, that focuses on the preservation, education and innovation of the steelpan — is launching a new initiative: the Wilkinsburg Youth Steel Orchestra.

Fundraising currently is underway for this new orchestra, which was developed to provide a comprehensive steelpan music program for children living in Wilkinsburg and surrounding communities. The program will train a class of young people to be better musicians, creatives, collaborators and citizens by using a contextually underappreciated instrument and narrative.

The program will also follow the traditional steelpan culture in the Caribbean that allows young people to develop as musicians through performance ensembles as a means to preserve art and culture and build a sense of community.

....“The steelpan has had such a positive impact on my life and the lives of so of many youth around the world,” said Ms. Pugliano.
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Web Posted - Monday January 14, 2019
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Song for Panorama 2019
‘Iron Love’
sung by Nailah Blackman
Nailah Blackman

Global - Nailah Blackman’s sultry “Iron Love” is making the musical rounds for the Carnival season, and is also the tune of choice for a few steel orchestras as the 2019 Panorama picks up pace and bands declare their selections. So far, Tobago’s Redemption Sound Setters, Arima Angel Harps and Tamana Pioneers are taking the tune to competition.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 13, 2019
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Pan Elders Struggles
Unsponsored 5-time medium band champs in crunch

Pan Elders players in their winning performance at the 2018 Panorama medium band finals at Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain. The band is struggling to attract players this year because it is unsponsored and Pan Trinbago cannot affort to pay performance fees to pannists

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Five-time medium band champion Pan Elders’ quest to successfully defend its title for 2019 is in jeopardy.

Bandleader Hollister Smith told Sunday Newsday that as of yesterday he did not even have 40 players in his band, “because everybody want money.” Preliminary judging for the band from Carib Street, San Fernando is February 10.

Pan Trinbago’s decision to withhold players’ stipend for the next two years as well as the drying up of assistance from the successor companies of former state-owned oil company Petrotrin, once a major sponsor, has adversely affected Pan Elders' ability to attract players. A medium band can have up to 75 players for the preliminaries and semi-finals and a maximum of 90 players in the finals.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 13, 2019
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Song for Panorama 2019
‘Rag Storm’
sung by “Superblue” featuring 3 Canal
“Superblue”

Global - Soca icon Austin Lyons aka “Blue Boy” aka “Superblue” is back for the 2019 Carnival season with ‘Rag Storm.’ Teaming up with music vets 3 Canal, the song is swirling on local air waves in Trinidad & Tobago.  It is also, to date, the tune of choice in Panorama 2019 for three large steel orchestras participating in the annual steelband music competition:  Exodus Steel Orchestra, Silver Stars Steel Orchestra, and Tropical Angel Harps.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 13, 2019
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Duvone’s A-game
Arranger seeks repeat victories for Renegades, Pan Elders

Arranger Duvone Stewart leads BPTT Renegades to victory in the 2018 Panorama finals with the performance of Year to Love at Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - To the uninformed, Duvone Stewart can seem boastful.

Get to know him, though, and you’ll realise his apparent cockiness is really an affirmation of the greatness, he believes, he was destined to claim.

“I have always maintained a stance that I was born a winner,” an upbeat Stewart, 42, declared in a Sunday Newsday interview.

“I am living my dream and I am enjoying my dream and doing what I love doing best, making music and making people feel happy.”

As the ace arranger for BP Renegades Steel Orchestra, Stewart took the popular Duke Street, Port of Spain band, to victory with Voice’s (Aaron St Louis’) Year For Love, in last year’s National Panorama competition – a title it had last clinched some 21 years before.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 12, 2019
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Big bands prepping for Panorama as song selections are revealed
Phase II arranger Len Boogsie Sharpe with Swappi and Ultimate Rejects and PoS Mayor Joel Martinez

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The country's top steelbands are getting ready for Panorama 2019 with many looking to wrest the title from reigning champs BP Renegades.

While some are still holding their song selection close to their chest, a few have already revealed what they will be playing as practice begins in panyards across the country.

On Friday, some of the big bands revealed the songs they will be competing with for the annual competition.

In a video presentation, Renegades revealed that it will be going with Farmer Nappy's popular release 'Hooking Meh', the same selection as Supernovas.

Exodus arranger Pelham Goddard announced to his players on Friday night that they will be playing Superblue's 'Rag Storm'.

Also on Friday night, Hadco Phase II Pan Groove held a launch at is panyard to reveal that the band has chosen Swappi and Ultimate Reject's 'Party Start'.
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Web Posted - Friday January 11, 2019
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Players and Tuners are People Too
Chronicles of a Panorama

by Sharmain Baboolal

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Acclaimed tuner, master craftsman, “Birch” Kelman, will be out for the carnival season. He’s recovering from surgery.

Who, besides the bands he works with, is taking note? He's one man- but a rare foundation stone.

It’s tough to get quality steel drums in Trinidad & Tobago to even start to make a pan.

At the very heart of the thing- even before you get an instrument for a player- there’s a challenge that is nearing crisis proportions.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 10, 2019
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Aquil Arrindell De Caires

Global - Aquil Arrindell is confident that his relentless fight and actions as they relate to bringing fairness and fair play to the steelband community in Trinidad and Tobago will land him on the right side of history. Buoyed by his own sense of right and wrong and with his principles as his guide, Aquil says he is committed to making that positive difference in the lives of the panists in Trinidad and Tobago.

He was one of the central figures in the recent upheaval and re-make of the Trinidad and Tobago embattled steelband governing organization Pan Trinbago. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist, administrator, educator and steelpan advocate - Aquil Arrindell tells it as he sees it and lets the chips fall where ever they may. 
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Web Posted - Thursday January 10, 2019
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The Carnival is over

by Raffique Shah

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - I was pleasantly surprised when the announcement by the National Carnival Commission that it was scrapping the North Stand for this year’s Carnival did not elicit an uproar of objections from stakeholders in the national festival and hordes of party animals whose love for steelband music lasts one day—the National Panorama Semi-Finals.

For all its symbolic representation of the spirit of Carnival, crammed as it was (note tense) with more than its 8,000 maximum capacity, the North Stand was a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money. For close to 50 years, ritually, every January, contractors and hundreds of workers would engage in a frenetic exercise of erecting the facility, only to dismantle it two weeks after Carnival. The cost? Four million dollars.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 9, 2019
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Bandits Strike Marsicans Single Pan Band

by Sharmain Baboolal

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Thieves climbed through a very small space between the roof and the wall at the Marsicans Steel Orchestra panyard and stole five chromed tenor pans from the band on Monday night.

That represents more than half the frontline of nine tenors for the single pan band, former national champions, who are practicing for Panorama 2019.

It put the 30-year-old unsponsored band back by TT$25,000, given the cost of one tenor pan, at its lowest, is TT$5,000.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 6, 2019
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Song for Panorama 2019
‘Hookin’ Meh’
sung by “Farmer Nappy”
“Farmer Nappy”

Global - Internationally acclaimed Trinidadian soca star Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry celebrates over 30 years in the soca music industry and his rich legacy as one of soca’s top entertainers of all time continues to grow.

....Farmer Nappy shot to international fame when he was voted as MTV Iggy’s “Artist of the Week” in March 2012, following a weeklong voting contest that placed him against other artists around the world.

“Hookin’ Meh” features “Farmer Nappy” on vocals, and is the tune of choice for three steel orchestras to date in Trinidad & Tobago’s national 2019 Panorama: Supernovas, defending champions Renegades, St. Margaret’s Superstars, and Kalomo Kings.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 3, 2019
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Song for Panorama 2019
‘Gyal Owner’
sung by “Blaxx”
“blaxx”

Global - Dexter John Stewart, better known as “Blaxx” started his musical journey at the tender age age of thirteen, where his father Jerry Stewart who fielded his own band called “Jerry and New School” molded the artist into what we see today.

As one of the most versatile artists on the Soca scene today, his music remains in demand. His 2019 hit “Gyal Owner” is the tune of choice for Pamberi Steel Orchestra for Panorama 2019.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 2, 2019
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From Trump to a World of PAN to Panorama

by Dalton Narine
The madness in the news nowadays tends to seek cover behind politics and life’s only and lonely trail to the nothingness that hangs around that Wall.

Global - May blessings shine upon us throughout 2018’s half brother year (Yeah, 18 & 19 are tied at the hip — same ol’ same ol’, for there’s no Trumpian miracle at the core of this No Country for Old Men, so that the years and the madness intertwine America’s No. 1 SUCKER. The real sucker sees the rest of the world as unweaned domestic animals.

Are we, really?
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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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