Web Posted - Friday March 5, 2021
When Steel Talks Reboot - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Sonatas Steel Orchestra - “Fantastic Friday” | Tempo Version | NY Panorama 2013

Tempo Version - Basement Yard Recordings 2013

Sonatas Steel Orchestra

Brooklyn, New York, USA - It’s the annual New York Panorama. Sonatas Steel Orchestra is playing the Tempo Version of “Fantastic Friday” - written by Austin Lyons aka “Super Blue” - and arranged by Leon Foster Thomas, for Panorama 2013.
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Web Posted - Thursday March 4, 2021
Kealakai.BYUH.edu

The Duerdens share how David O. McKay’s prophecy is fulfilled through their band, Shaka Steel

The Duerdens with their steel drums

Hawaii, USA - Dr. Darren and Jennifer Duerden both say they fell in love with the sound and energetic music of the steel drum. Having been involved with steel drum bands for many years, and even meeting in a steel band, the two co-founded Shaka Steel, BYU–Hawaii’s first steel band and the only functioning steel band in all of Hawaii.

Darren Duerden, the founder of Shaka Steel, said when he first came to BYUH as a faculty member, he discovered the school had never had a percussion instructor. Having been involved with steel bands for many years, so pitched the idea of developing one at the school. Duerden said nobody knew what a steel band was, but in 2001 he and his wife started the university’s first steel drum band.

Darren Duerden’s wife and co-founder of Shaka Steel, Jennifer Duerden, shared, “Part of the reason we did it [at BYUH] is because we’ve done steel band at BYU in Provo.” She said they had conducted different steel bands in different states, like Florida and Mississippi.
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Web Posted - Thursday March 4, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

National Steel Orchestra director makes steelpan dream come true

Hadco Group co-CEO John Hadad, left, and National Steel Symphony Orchestra director Akua Leith greet each other for an interview about Musical Instruments of TT, a steelpan facility
Hadco Group co-CEO John Hadad, left, and National Steel Symphony Orchestra director Akua Leith greet each other for an interview about Musical Instruments of TT, a steelpan facility

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Akua Leith has a dream. The young panist has a vision to capitalise on Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument, steelpan, in a way that can take beyond the country’s borders and make it as ubiquitous as the piano – the world’s most popular musical instrument.

So, in 2018 he started to plan. “I wanted to put something on paper for what the best practice of steelpan could look like,” he told Business Day. He envisioned a world-class manufacturing facility, that did more than just make steelpans but actively engaged in research and development to make pan better – from metallurgy to craftsmanship to tuning to playing – straight through the value chain.

And that’s how Musical Instruments of Trinidad and Tobago (Mittco) started.
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Web Posted - Thursday March 4, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

National Steel Orchestra director makes steelpan dream come true

From left: Ryaad Hosein, councillor for Les Efforts East/Cipero; Susan Worrel, events manager for NLCN; Kenneth Arthur, Fonclaire committee member; Junia Regrello, San Fernando Mayor; Darren Sheppard, arranger for Fonclaire Steel Orchestra; and Elisheva Phillips, unveil a Fonclaire banner at the opening of its lotto booth and gift shop on Monday.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello has praised the Fonclaire Steel Orchestra for its consistency and loyalty to its community.

The 55-year-old steelband is sponsored by the National Lotteries and Commission Board (NLCB) and launched a lotto centre and gift shop at its Dottin Street headquarters on Monday morning.

Regrello said he believed every steelband in the country should have a lotto centre as it assists with self-sustenance. He recalled requesting one for his own band Skiffle Bunch in 2003 but being told it already had “too many outlets on Coffee Street."
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Web Posted -- Wednesday March 3, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Meet Wendy Jones of Toronto, Canada

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Wendy Jones of Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada - She fell in love with the steelpan instrument and the power of pan at an early age. She is a founding member of Pan Fantasy Steelband. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - administrator, player and pan-mom Wendy Jones of Toronto, Canada, shares the joy of pan and how the steelpan instrument has impacted her life from a young girl, to the point of now being the mother of pan players herself.
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 3, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Clive Bradley - Memories and Current Thoughts Related to Women in the Steelpan World

Clive Bradley with Women of Pantonic Steel Orchestra

New York, USA - “The first time that I remember seeing women play Steelpan was around 1968, somewhere around there - when three women joined Desperadoes; one of them was Ursula, on the tenor pan, and she still plays with the band today. The other, Carol, played tenor pan too, and the third, whose name I can't recall right now, played the Bass. It was a sort of status symbol for those guys because there were not too many bands with women playing. They were good players. As a matter of fact, I believe that Scrunter (Owen Reyes Johnson) wrote Woman On the Bass for particularly that girl.” --- Clive Bradley
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Web Posted - Tuesday March 2, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

PAT BISHOP, A Person In Pan

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - I suppose that my presence in so many panyards over the years must have rustled some masculine feathers but they have kept that a deep, dark secret from me – which is just as well since I don’t suppose that I would have taken any notice!! ” .... Pat Bishop

She is a titan among giants in the history of pan. Staying in her lane was not part of her MO. The late Pat Bishop was one of the most respected, influential and celebrated women in the steelpan movement. Holder of Trinidad & Tobago's highest award -The Trinity Cross - her accomplishments are second to none. In a When Steel Talks exclusive Pat Bishop pens her insights, feelings and life experiences for the Pan community.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 28, 2021
When Steel Talks - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

The Desperadoes Steel Orchestra performs “Don’t Leave Me This Way” | Gamble/Huff/Gilbert

1981 Studio Recording

Desperadoes Steel Orchestra 45 label

Global - Listen to The Desperadoes Steel Orchestra perform a Clive Bradley-arrangement of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Gamble/Huff/Gilbert- in a 1981 Charisma Records recording.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 28, 2021
Stabroek News

A look at steel bands in Guyana through the years

The Guyana Police Force Steel Band performing at the Botanical Gardens
The Guyana Police Force Steel Band performing at the Botanical Gardens

Guyana, S.A. - Last week, Guyana celebrated 51 years as a republic. The anniversary was marked by a fairly elaborate official ceremony in the compound of the Parliament building, with an array of performance events. There were also other recorded pieces in a national television broadcast. But the occasion passed in low-key fashion without the usual flamboyant events, noise, festivities and spectacle as the country, like the whole world, is still unrecovered from the stranglehold of the COVID-19 pandemic.

....The relative hush of this unpopular situation offered the opportunity to give some thought to Mashramani, its state as a national festival, and its functions. Further, since the steel band has been totally silent throughout this period, how has it fared as a Mashramani event, and has it benefitted in any way from the festival?
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Web Posted - Saturday February 27, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Revealed: the Queen Mum’s love for The Desperadoes

Global - It comes as no surprise to me that the recent revelations about the record collection of the late Queen Mum has indicated the royals spend their evenings behind palace doors ‘grooving’ to black music.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 25, 2021
When Steel Talks - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

The Desperadoes Steel Orchestra - “The Greatest Love Of All” | Michael Masser & Linda Creed

1981 Studio Recording

Global - Listen to The Desperadoes Steel Orchestra perform a Clive Bradley-arrangement of “The Greatest Love Of All” by Michael Masser & Linda Creed - in a 1981 Charisma Records recording.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 25, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Codrington wins Girl Power pan contest

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - TT’s panists have won every category in the Republic Bank Steelpan Girl Power Diamonds Competition – the all-female pan contest.

The global finale, produced by Steelpan Authority Woman and Steelpan Authority Music, was held on February 10, on Steelpanauthority.com and SteelpanTV.com and featured contestants in four categories: soloist, duet, trio and quartet.

Keisha Codrington topped the soloist class with a scintillating rendition of Andy Narell’s We Kinda Music, earning 290 points and beating six rivals, said a media release.

Codrington had an 18-point lead over her closest rival, Siobhan Mitchell, from the United Kingdom. Mitchell’s performance of Stevie Wonder’s My Cherie Amour earned 272 points. Placing third was TT’s Tyeesha Alexander for her adaptation of On Green Dolphin Street, which scored 254 points.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 24, 2021
When Steel Talks - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra - “Memory (Theme from the Musical ‘Cats’)” | Big5 Pan Concert 2019 ‘Tribute to Neville Jules’

Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra performs a classic Rudy Wells-arrangement of  “Theme from the Musical ‘Cats’” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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Web Posted - Monday February 22, 2021
When Steel Talks Reboot - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Despers USA Steel Orchestra - “Wining Queen” | Brooklyn, NY Panorama 2013

Tempo Version - Basement Yard Recordings 2013

Despers USA Steel Orchestra

Brooklyn, New York, USA - It’s the annual New York Panorama. Despers USA Steel Orchestra is playing “Wining Queen” written by “Denise Belfon” - and arranged by Odie Franklin for Panorama 2013.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 21, 2021
When Steel Talks Reboot - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

A Musical Tribute to the Mighty Shadow (Winston “Shadow” Bailey) - “Dingolay,” “Bassman,” “Stranger” | Brooklyn, NY, USA

Khuent Rose on piano

Brooklyn, New York, USA - A musical tribute to the to the late great calypsonian Winston “Shadow” Bailey by musician standout Khuent Rose.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 20, 2021
When Steel Talks Reboot - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Andy Akiho & The Knights - “Opus Pocus” | Jaco Pastorius | Brooklyn, New York, USA

Andy Akiho & The Knights

Brooklyn, New York, USA - Andy Akiho & The Knights performs the classic “Opus Pocus” by Jaco Pastorius.
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Web Posted - Saturday February 20, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Penal community upgrades Valley Harps panyard

Upgraded Trinidad Valley Harps Steel Orchestra panyard

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - South Trinidad’s Valley Harps Steel Orchestra now has a refurbished and upgraded home at Sunrees Road, Penal, thanks to community activism.

The concrete structure, decorated using recycled painted strips and bits of old oil drums, was opened on Thursday afternoon.

The band’s manager Clyde Flanders recalled “getting involved in this steelband thing,” just after graduating from secondary school. The band went on to participate in the 1968 Panorama competition. placing second in San Fernando. In 1969, it placed 13th in the country and performed as a guest act at the final.
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Web Posted - Friday February 19, 2021
When Steel Talks Reboot - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Renegades Steel Orchestra - “Pan on The Road” | Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2004

Renegades Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It’s Panorama Finals. Renegades Steel Orchestra is playing “Pan on The Road” written by Jit Samaroo and Michael Marcano and arranged by Jit Samaroo for Panorama 2004.
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Web Posted - Thursday February 18, 2021
When Steel Talks - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

“Opus Pocus” by Jaco Pastorius, featuring Othello Molineaux & Leroy Williams on steelpan

from the album “JACO PASTORIUS”

Panist Othello Molineaux with Jaco Pastorius
Panist Othello Molineaux with Jaco Pastorius

Global - “Opus Pocus” by Jaco Pastorius, featuring Othello Molineaux and Leroy Williams on steelpan - from the album “JACO PASTORIUS” released in 1976 by Epic/Legacy...
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 17, 2021
When Steel Talks - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Frankie McIntosh & the Garvin Blake Sextet - ‘One for “Boogsie”’ | An Evening of Calypso Jazz, Afro-Caribbean Music and Global Jazz 2016

Dr. Frankie McIntosh - arranger - ensemble version - In Concert

Dr. Frankie McIntosh with the Garvin Blake Sextet

New York, USA - Frankie McIntosh & Garvin Blake Sextet perform a Dr. Frankie McIntosh-arrangement and original composition of ‘One for “Boogsie”’ by Frankie McIntosh - at Brooklyn College’s Whitman Theatre in concert at An Evening of Calypso Jazz, Afro-Caribbean Music and Global Jazz 2016.
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 16, 2021
When Steel Talks - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Jon Batiste, Stay Human Carnival Celebration ft. New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Kees Dieffenthaller of Kes the Band, Etienne Charles, panist Josanne Francis, Ajibola Richardson, more!

Carnival 2021

Kes, Quarteto Do Groove, Etienne Charles, Josanne Francis et al

Global - Jon Batiste and Stay Human perform a special medley to celebrate Mardi Gras, Brazil’s, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, featuring the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Brazil’s Quarteto Do Groove, Etienne Charles, Kes, panist Josanne Francis, Ajibola Richardson and more!
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Web Posted - Tuesday February 16, 2021
When Steel Talks - Feel the Music - Live the Experience

Top 10 Panorama Performances Of All Time

Carnival 2021

Top 10 Panorama Performances graphic

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - TTT 2021 ‘Carnival presentation’ - with hosts Ruskin Mark and Ria Roopchansingh, featuring respective performances from Trinidad and Tobago’s top steel orchestras.
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Web Posted - Monday February 15, 2021
When Steel Talks

NIU Steelband - “Spain” | Chick Corea | Northern Illinois University School of Music 2014

In Concert

NIU Steelband

Illinois, USA - Listen to NIU Steelband perform a Khan Cordice-arrangement of “Spain” by Chick Corea - in concert at Northern Illinois University School of Music 2014.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 14, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Kes the Band, Next Devils, trumpeter Etienne Charles for Stephen Colbert show

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Jazz musician Etienne Charles will share the spirit of Trinidad Carnival in a video featuring soca star Kees Dieffenthaller and blue devil masqueraders on American talk show, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday [February 16].

In a release on Friday, Charles said the video he’s produced and arranged features performances by Dieffenthaller – lead vocalist of Kes the Band– panist Josanne Francis, percussionist Ajibola Richardson and Paramin’s Next Level Devils. The video is “a medley” of the carnivals of Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans in the United States. Carnivals in these locations – in New Orleans its Mardi Gras – have all been cancelled because of the covid19 pandemic, but celebrations have entailed virtual and some performances with limited audiences.

....“We’re pumped for this one!!! Look out for us, Etienne Charles and some other amazing global artists with Jon Batiste on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert! Look out for it on Tuesday 16th February. This is going to be a special one, folks!”
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Web Posted - Saturday February 13, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Skiffle brings ‘Carnival’ to SAPA

Nadia Batson gives an energetic performance during Skiffle's Tempo In Sando Showcase
Nadia Batson gives an energetic performance during Skiffle’s Tempo In Sando Showcase

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The atmosphere inside the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) on February 6 defied the reality that Carnival 2021 celebrations had been cancelled. All the elements identified with “the greatest show on earth” were on parade. Veterans and youths, representing the steelbands – CAL Skiffle and Skiffle Protégés – horn and rhythm sections, calypso, soca, chutney soca, sailors, gorillas and Indian mas, all characterised the moment.

....It was the second virtual event put on by Skiffle since the safety restrictions enforced as a result of the covid19 pandemic. Some 250 patrons were allowed to view the show live at the Todd Street, San Fernando academy, in keeping with the protocol of half-capacity in venues.
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Web Posted - Friday February 12, 2021
When Steel Talks

New York Pan Stars Steel Orchestra - “Spain” | Chick Corea | Pantastic Friday 2014

In Concert

New York Pan Stars Steel Orchestra play Chick Corea's “Spain”

New York, USA - Listen to New York Pan Stars perform a Marc Brooks-arrangement of “Spain” by Chick Corea - in concert at Pantastic Friday 2014.

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Web Posted - Friday February 12, 2021
When Steel Talks

New York Pan Stars Steel Orchestra - “Spain” | Chick Corea | Despers USA 2011 Launch

In Concert

New York Pan Stars Steel Orchestra play Chick Corea's “Spain”

New York, USA - Listen to - New York Pan Stars perform a Marc Brooks-arrangement of “Spain” by Chick Corea - in concert at Despers USA 2011 Band Launch.

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Web Posted - Thursday February 11, 2021
When Steel Talks

Clive Bradley – The “Ah Goin’ And Party Tonight” Story - UpClose!

a Von Martin Interview

Global - Listen to - an exclusive Von Martin–interview with the legendary Mr. Clive Bradley, champion arranger for Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, one of the world’s finest steel orchestra music franchises. Here is Bradley’s story in his own words on his 1982 saga - with noted author and journalist Von Martin.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 10, 2021
When Steel Talks Reboot - Live the Experience

Meet Nevin Roach - Executive Producer of PanoGrama, Entrepreneur, Visionary and Panist - REVISITED

Nevin Roach
Nevin Roach
When Steel Talks' Men In Steel series icon

Global - Indeed, the old proverb that states “necessity is the mother of invention” rings true, as the global steelband music community - through innovation and technological advances - tries to lessen the negative impact of and navigate through, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recently concluded “PanoGrama” produced by Nevin Roach is one such very successful effort.

In a When Steel Talks exclusive - executive producer, entrepreneur and panist Nevin Roach shares his steelpan music vision and how his “I can do this” attitude has served him and the steelpan community very well.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 10, 2021
DominicaNewsOnline

PanoGrama 2021 – The World Cup of Steelpan

Global -  In 2020, PanoGrama made history as the first online steelpan competition and was one of the biggest events held during the heights of COVD-19 restrictions. The inaugural event, which was created by T&T panist Nevin Roach (Dominican-born) and streamed live on Instagram @inev88, featured 20 participants from Barbados, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, the US, St. Maarten and Antigua & Barbados. Panists were required to perform a tune of choice from any genre, including pre-arranged/impromptu solos and variations, for the live Instagram audience....

....This year, PanoGrama has been dubbed “The World Cup of Steelpan” and is scheduled to start on May 7th, 2021. Prelims are scheduled for May 7-9, Semis on May 13 and finals on May 16. A maximum of 30 panists will be featured and the show’s broadcast will be expanded to Facebook, YouTube and Television.
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Web Posted - Wednesday February 10, 2021
When Steel Talks Reboot - Live the Experience

William Jones of CASYM Steel Orchestra: An American Success Story - REVISITED

New York, USA - In an exclusive with When Steel Talks, CASYM’s late founder William Jones, shares the history and key to CASYM’s longevity and success in producing outstanding individuals. In addition, Mr. Jones speaks on opportunities missed, shortsightedness of other leaders and the magic of the steelpan.  Here is his story in his own words
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Web Posted -- Tuesday February 9, 2021
When Steel Talks

Pan Explosion – The Making of The Jit Samaroo Sound

by Garvin Blake

Jit Samaroo

Global - “I was scared like hell!” Jit confessed. But who wouldn’t be terrified writing music for a band named Renegades, with a leader called “Boldface”? And to make matters worse, Renegades was from LaCou Harpe, an urban area once known for badjohns, jammettes and stick fighters. Jit would require some coaxing before he would commit to the job.

Fortunately, the pan tuner Bertram “Birch” Kelman, who had recommended Jit to Renegades, convinced the young Samaroo to accept the challenge. Despite his initial fear, the soft-spoken 21-year old told Renegades that he was not coming to Port of Spain to imitate the big-name arrangers in the city. Jit was going to sound like Jit.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 7, 2021
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Trinidad All Stars invests in a new future

Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra, Operations Manager, Keith Matthews, in the Trophy Room at the Pan Theatre on Duke Street, Port-of-Spain
Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra, Operations Manager, Keith Matthews, in the Trophy Room at the Pan Theatre  on Duke Street, Port-of-Spain

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra has ten Panorama titles under its belt.

....It is undeniable the impact Trinidad All Stars has had on Carnival and culture in this country.

....now the orchestra is hoping to hit the right notes in another sector.

“Panorama as an event, while it is a cultural event, and it is necessary, and it is part of who we are, financially it is a loss-maker.

....“What we have realised is that there is life beyond Panorama,” he said.

....“Most bands are not sponsored, corporate Trinidad assists financially but they are not really sponsored in the true sense of what sponsorship means,” Williams said.

....The properties Trinidad All Stars owns now are vested in the co-operative.

....“We are on our third purchase and we are also looking at another and we have plans for each property,” he said.

Trinidad All Stars now owns 42, 44, 46 and 48 Duke Street.
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Web Posted - Sunday February 7, 2021
When Steel Talks - Live the Experience

Panorama 1993 Panyard interviews with Alvin Daniell

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It’s the 1993 Panorama season in the Land of Pan! Television presenter Alvin Daniell visits 12 different panyards throughout Trinidad as they prepare for the Panorama Semi-Finals, interviews their arrangers et al, and records their practice sessions.
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When Steel Talks

2020 Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama Info - Complete

Global - PanOnTheNet/ WhenSteelTalks is Panorama Central! Complete information on the 2020 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 - February 2020
When Steel Talks

Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - 2020 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

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 2020 Panorama.

Follow the musical journey of respective bands through all three phases - compare side-by-side preliminaries, semi-finals and finals through data on band info, scores, tunes of choice and arrangers - on one page.
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