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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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 2019 Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama Info - Complete
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 - Friday March 15, 2019
When Steel Talks

Meet Patrice Lewis-Lett
Trinidad & Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Patrice Lewis-Lett

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “There is a lack of real opportunity to showcase how dynamic and far-reaching the art form is. How many panists or bands fully function throughout the year? What about career opportunities beyond carnival? When we find ways to address this, we would be surprised as to the results.”

She is an active business owner, a wife, mom of twins, and a firefighter. Yet her love for the steelpan art form remains intact. In addition she is a proud member of both the 2018 & 2019 Panorama champions Renegade Steel Orchestra. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - veteran panist Patrice Lewis-Lett shares her knowledge, feelings, experiences, expectations and unbridled passion for the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 13, 2019
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Meet Yoshihiro Harada - Explorer, Pioneer, Panist, Composer, Arranger, Educator, Recording Artist and Band leader - UpClose!

Yoshihiro Harada

Global - Yoshihiro Harada heard and fell in love with the sound of the steelpan in the late 80s. That was all it took. For the rest of his life Harada and the steelpan would have an inseparable love affair.

He is one who believes in the power of the human spirit, an intellect, a musician, a composer and an arranger - and much more. Indeed, the name Yoshihiro Harada will ring large to you as one of the corner stones of Pan in Japan. And he is the founder and arranger of the highly respected Panorama Steel Orchestra of Japan.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, the ultra-talented Yoshihiro Harada shares his significant and considerable history with Pan in Japan and more.
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Web Posted - Tuesday March 12, 2019
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The Age of Duvone Stewart, the Renegades and the Panorama Championship

Renegades Steel Orchestra - 2019 Panorama Finals

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Just in case you haven’t heard, Duvone Stewart is now a two-time champion Panorama arranger for the illustrious Renegades Steel Orchestra. And from our perspective, in 2019, Duvone Stewart earned the title Master Arranger. His name now resides in a place that is time-honored and very rare. Furthermore, he is at present, one of only thirteen men who have walked the planet, and to have won a minimum of two Panorama Championships.

Duvone Stewart is a profound asset to the international music community - and not to mention, a national treasure to Trinidad and Tobago.

He is perched to be a driving force in the global steelband music community. And as such his genius must be, should be and—if he remains on this path—ultimately will be recognized as such.
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Web Posted - Monday March 11, 2019
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Panorama 2019 captured on Digital Collectibles

Panorama 2019 DVD

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - This year’s scintillating steelbands’ performances at the National Panorama Medium & Large Conventional Finals are captured “live” on DVD, CD and Flash Drives.

The 2019 release is a collaborative production of Pan Trinbago, Inc. and WACK. It is available at Cleve’s One Stop, Frederick Street, Crosby’s, 54 Western Main Road, WACK Studios, and at Pan Trinbago’s Head Office, corner Duke and Melbourne Streets, Port of Spain.

The digital collectibles promise to fill the void for many Trinbagonians at home and abroad and those who want a souvenir of national culture and heritage- the Steelpan.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 7, 2019
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

 Let Tobago host a Panorama final
Pan Trinbago boss suggests splitting medium, large bands
Pan Trinbago president Beverly Ramsey-Moore with young players of Edinburgh 500 steel ensemble during the qualifying round of single pan judging on January 23, 2019

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Long before she created history in becoming the first female president of Pan Trinbago on October 28, 2018, Beverly Ramsey-Moore had a sense of what to expect.

Almost two decades before, at her first official Pan Trinbago meeting in 2001, she had observed the organisation was not being run in a manner befitting its status as the world's governing body for the steelpan.

"I realised the organisation was being run like a parlour or an informal group," Ramsey-Moore told Sunday Newsday as she reflected on her first few months at the helm of the organisation.

....Said Ramsey-Moore: "The entire country should benefit from the joys of Panorama. They must benefit from that love and community spirit that the pan drives. We have the single pan finals in the east, the small band finals in the south and the medium and large in the north at the (Queen's Park) Savannah.

"I believe that because the finals goes until three o'clock in the morning, which is the medium and large, I think we can separate it and take one of the categories, perhaps the medium, to Tobago. We believe that national support in Tobago will come in a massive way where we will be able to raise more revenue," she added.
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Trinidad and Tobago 2019 Panorama and Carnival Schedule of Events

Global - Trinidad and Tobago Panorama and Carnival Schedule of Events.
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Web Posted - Thursday March 7, 2019
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Lagniappe: The Event - Steelband Champs, Soca Stars and more

Pan Trinbago logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Carnival may be officially over but come Saturday March 9, Pan Trinbago will relive the memories through its production “Lagniappe… A Night With The Champs,” at the home of Carnival, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, from 8:00 p.m.

The post-Carnival revue features some of the finest exponents of pan, mas, calypso and more on one stage in a final blaze of glory, giving the public another chance to savor all that was Carnival 2019.
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Web Posted - Thursday March 7, 2019
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Just The Facts: The Difference Between Large & Medium Steelband Categories - That ‘Share’ Button
Venture Capitalists + Steelband Categories - NOT!

Global - Just the facts - the difference between Large and Medium National Panorama Finals where it is key: in the minds and hearts of the People, the all-round supporters of the art form. And what does it mean for the future of Panorama?

It has been just over four days since WST (When Steel Talks) put up the results for the Large and Medium steel orchestras and there is a sizeable difference in the most visible of stats - ‘Shares.’ 2.3k for the Large steel orchestra results and 645 shares for the Medium band category. That’s a sizeable difference - the volume for the interest in medium competitors shares is a mere 28 percent of those for the bands which were in the large category. Regardless of how one chooses to look at it, those are very stark and powerful stats indeed.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 3, 2019
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 Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - 2019 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - At a glance and on a single page, access the comprehensive summary of results for the Small, Medium and Large conventional steel orchestras that participated in their respective categories in the 2019 Panorama.

Follow the musical journey of respective bands through all three phases - preliminaries, semi-finals and finals through data on band info, scores, tunes of choice and arrangers.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 3, 2019
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Finals Results for LARGE Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2019 - Renegades Steel Orchestra Triumphs Again, Arranger Duvone Stewart Accomplishes Category Sweep

Large Band Finals - Results - Trinidad Tobago National Panorama 2019

Global - Renegades Steel Orchestra, with its 2019 Panorama championship, is now tied with Desperadoes Steel Orchestra for the most Panorama titles in the history of the competition - eleven each. And arranger for Renegades Duvone Stewart has made history with this win, becoming the only arranger to win across all three categories in a single year - Large, Medium and Small. 
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Web Posted - Sunday March 3, 2019
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Finals Results for MEDIUM Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2019 - Sixth Consecutive Title for the Pan Elders/Duvone Stewart Collaboration!

Medium Band Finals - Results - Trinidad Tobago National Panorama 2019

Global - Ultimately it was [again] the year of the combination of Pan Elders Steel Orchestra and champion arranger Duvone Stewart, keeping firm hold of their 2018 success, and now making it their sixth consecutive title in the medium band category. This unbeatable collaboration had it 'in the bag' from the first stage of competition, as Pan Elders led the pack after the preliminaries and semi-finals this Panorama season, before 'formalizing' their win on finals night.

....But there were nine medium co-competitors who made it clear that having come this far, they were not going to go down without a good brawl, musically-speaking. And so it was that just before 7:30 p.m. last evening, Saturday March 2, that the first of only two bands from the sister isle - Katzenjammers Steel Orchestra (led by Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey-Moore) - sounded the first notes in the finals of the annual Panorama. 
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Web Posted - Friday March 1, 2019
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

 No Exodus in Carnival city
Exodus Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Hundreds of masqueraders will be left with long faces as Republic Bank Exodus will not be a part of Carnival celebrations in Carnival City, downtown Port of Spain.

The band has always been an integral part of the Carnival Tuesday Parade of Bands with its sailor mas. The 2019 portrayal is titled No Boarders around the World. But for the first time in 37 years, the St Augustine steelband will not be in the city.

Management got the sad news on Wednesday when the Transport Division, headed by Commissioner Basdeo Gosine, did not approve the trailer Exodus uses for the band and as such was not granted the licence needed to put the trailer on the road.
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Web Posted - Friday March 1, 2019
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Finals Results for SMALL Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2019
 ‘First-timer’ T&T Defence Force Steel Orchestra Romps Away With Title, Trophy, Prize Purse

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

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The small steel orchestra front-runner from the preliminaries and semi-finals held on and continued its winning ways in last evening’s (February 28) finals, and triumphed over its thirteen challengers, copping the title. But the 2019 champion T&T Defence Force Steel Orchestra is a “first-timer” in ‘name’ only, somewhat - being world-renowned as a military marching band, performing in countries around the world. Competing in the Single Pan band category in previous years, it is, however, the first time for the band in this, the conventional steel orchestra arena. And, they landed with a splash, eventually dethroning title defenders Golden Hands Steel Orchestra in the process; the latter came in third. For its competitive transition, T&T Defence Force Steel Orchestra chose an ‘oldie’ by “Bally” - Maxi Dub - and had secured the musical services of multi-champion arranger Duvone Stewart; and the rest, is, as they say, history.
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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
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

 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”

Nailah Blackman

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
When Steel Talks

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

 Guaico Presbyterian Steel Orchestra during their winning performance

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.
full results


Web Posted - Saturday February 23, 2019
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

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
When Steel Talks

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
When Steel Talks

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

2019 Junior/Schools Panorama - Trinidad & Tobago logo - WST

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
LoopTT.com

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
LoopTT.com

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. 
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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.
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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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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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