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Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama

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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Web Posted - Friday April 19, 2019
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PanGEA (Pan Global Education Alliance) workshop plans to bring pan education into the 21st century

Trinidad &  Tobago, W.I. - “Every instrument develops its own unique approach to how it should be taught, the violin and the electric guitar, and so too does every style of music, whether it’s classical or rock," explains pan historian Kim Johnson as he introduces PanGEA - Pan-Global Educational Alliance - a new organization focused on steelband education.

"In T&T we developed a unique approach to teaching pan, the instrument and its music, in the 50s and 60s, but today, with the decline of community steelbands and the indifference of local youth to pan while it spreads globally, we need to update our approach - and not by a copy-and-paste of European classical music pedagogy.

“We need to decolonize music education in T&T."
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Web Posted - Thursday April 18, 2019
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The Story of Steelbands and the Steelband Art Form in Aruba

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Aruba, W.I. - “Leonard Turner, a Trinidadian immigrant who worked at the Lago Oil Refinery, was the first to introduce steel bands in Aruba. Being unhappy with the lack of entertainment on the island Turner recruited a group of young men and they began experimenting with music.

In 1948 Turner formed his first steelband, known as the Invaders. In 1950 he joined forces with Naldo Brown and formed another steel orchestra, named Shoo-Shoo Baby and Aruba All Star Boys.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 17, 2019
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Meet Bria Blake
New York, USA

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Bria Blakee

Woman symbolNew York, USA - “When I was a child I participated in an African dance program. Also, on my father’s side of the family, they would have prayers and include drums. I grew to love drums and the sounds of different rhythms. When I was introduced to pan I was taught tenor bass which instantly reminds me of African drums. That’s where the love story began.”

Moving forward and striving for greatness. In an exclusive interview a determined and focused Bria Blake shares her pan experiences with the global When Steel Talks audience.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 17, 2019
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French youth pannists visit TT

Local instructor Robert Tobitt takes Zoé François and Lilas Villechalane through their paces.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Eight children from the band P’tit Pan of Nantes, France, flew into TT last Tuesday to learn the rudiments of pan, and also to familiarise themselves with the culture of this country.

They were the toast of a reception hosted by French Ambassador to TT Serge Lavroff and his wife Caroline at their home in St Clair on Thursday evening.

....Mokhtar El-Mokhtari, coach of the group, and who runs the Calyps’ Atlantik Pan School in France said the visit is part of the band’s project conceptualised some years ago.
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Web Posted - Monday April 15, 2019
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Rise of the Steelband in Guyana

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Guyana, S.A. - “By 1947, the Trinidad band Red Army arrived in Georgetown by schooner, and made an impressive appearance. The nylon goes that at a dance performance at BGCC, there was a huge scuffle near the stage. When order was restored a first pan was missing. I have never been able to corroborate this story, but must admire that even before 1950 our natives were demonstrating enterprise and resourcefulness.”

Before his passing, Godfrey Chin provided When Steel Talks (WST) with a brief history of the rise of the steelband in Guyana. Godfrey Chin was an extraordinary person. He produced an exceptional and highly respected body of work that will forever be etched in Guyana’s cultural history. He was a former costume designer, a founding member of the Guyana Cultural Association, journalist, historian and author, He is described as “a living tribute to our bygone and was adept at rekindling in us an irresistible longing for times when things seemed purer, simpler and more enjoyable”.
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Web Posted - Sunday April 14, 2019
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The Story of Pan in Antigua

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Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - “Many of the aristocratic elements in the society stuck up their noses at the steelband men and their music and sought to have them banned from playing on the streets. Government at one time even sought to pass a law giving the police the right to go in the pan yards and confiscate (a Government word for stealing) the pans. The bands got together and formed an association and put an article in a local paper, that if the Government was going to band the steelpan which the association considered as instruments, then they would have to ban organs, pianos, guitars, and trumpets too.

“At this time in Antigua, the governor, the Earl of Baldwin, a very humane gentleman was sympathetic with the panmen for he loved what he heard and championed the cause of the steelband. He said, people were making complaints, but their dogs made more noise than the steelband, for by 10:00 p.m., there were no steelbands, but the dogs barked all through the night and he passed a bill allowing the steelband to play on the road anytime. This result even raised the pressure off their counterparts in Trinidad who were experiencing the same difficulties....”
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Web Posted - Friday April 12, 2019
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Meet Angel Lawrie
Wisconsin, USA

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Angel Lawrie

Woman symbolWisconsin, USA - “With reference to using the steelpan instrument in working with those challenged by autism spectrum disorder and ADHD: “The steel drum is my number one choice of instrument with working with clients on the spectrum. I have worked with both adults and children. The steel drum allows me to physically help my clients transform as well as emotionally.....There is no doubt that the steel pan keeps the attention of my students. However, the steel pan also allows me to achieve success faster than a traditional instrument. I am able to reach a place of understanding and accomplishment with them rather comfortably, and then the rewards can continue to expand and grow.”

Angel Lawrie has found her joy and life calling in the steelpan instrument. Whether performing live herself or changing the lives of her students one musical therapy session at a time, she thrives in all her preferred elements. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Ms. Lawrie lets it be known that Pan is not just a hobby for her, but her way of life.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 10, 2019
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Meet Krystal George
Trinidad & Tobago

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Krystal George

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “‘Pan before Band.’ For me that’s a slogan used after the Panorama competition is over (hahahaha). As panists we all want our bands to win. The good thing however is regardless of whoever wins the title the love, respect and camaraderie still take place. This is very commendable.”

She juggles family, career and mucho activities, yet her passion for Pan and culture has not waned. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - this veteran panist shares her wonderful experience with the steelpan instrument, the music the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Monday April 1, 2019
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Pan to reach pinnacle of acceptability through sport…

by Sandra Blood

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Do cultures really die hard?

But while we cannot change ‘the’ culture, we can change ‘a’ culture…through mentality change, it can happen.

A culture of rightness in T&T has changed to a culture of lawlessness. How so? Many people’s mentality have worsened. A culture of unappreciativeness for pan has changed to a culture of appreciativeness for pan. How? More people’s mentality changed to learning, understanding and loving its value and varied specialness and benefits.

But two key mentalities which shaped a culture, severely crushing T&T, those which must be perished are: The heavy-to-improve, and the-anything-mediocre-is-ok.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 31, 2019
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Meet Jenica Henry
New York, USA

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Jenica Henry

Woman symbolNew York, USA - “Set Goals, Stay Focused and don’t be afraid to fail (pressure can either bust pipes or make diamonds….and you, darling, are diamond material). Also don’t get caught up in changing who you are or what you value to make anyone else happy. Always be the most organic you that you can be. There is no one else like you and it is the only thing that can truly set you apart.”

For this deep-thinking intellect and professional - the pan has been a constant companion that has now crossed and fused generations through a common experience for her children and her. Goal-oriented and focused, the extremely talented panist and pan mom Jenica Henry brings it all to the table. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - she shares her devotion and passion for the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 31, 2019
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Meet Dianne Ariel Whiteman
Trinidad & Tobago

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Dianne Ariel Whiteman

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “....My father David R.C. Graham aka ‘Heshimu’ (deceased) who was also a former panist and drummer for Skiffle, was my main influencer to play pan and I believe that when I play pan now, he’s smiling in heaven and our souls are connected.”

The talented Dianne Ariel Whiteman is a veteran panist for Skiffle Steel Orchestra in addition to being a mom, teacher and performing artist. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - the panist shares her love and special relationship with the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 31, 2019
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Meet Tressy Edwards
Trinidad & Tobago

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Tressy Edwards

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “Being a member of Phase II, it is very humbling yet proud for me. I love it there because we are all like family - everyone with their own personalities but we get along for one purpose. I love the rigorous practice sessions and just to acknowledge that “Boogsie” is the Mozart of pan, is a thrilling feeling. Just to be part of it is overwhelming because he does things so differently from the others.”

Full of pride and joy over her Phase II membership, veteran panist Tressy Edwards shares her love for music, the artform and more in an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 31, 2019
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Meet Demri Pelle
Antigua and Barbuda

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Demri Pelle

Woman symbolAntigua and Barbuda, W.I. - “So many bonds are formed in the panyard between people of all ages. There’s a deep sense of love each person shares for the artform, and that love is carried on stage. Those 8-10 minutes mean everything to me. Panorama is an experience  like no other.”

Demri Pelle embodies the spirit of Pan. Far more than just an instrument to her it is an experience and life. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - she shares her love, passion and ongoing adventure with the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 31, 2019
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Meet Lin Tao 陶 霖
Shanghai, China

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Lin Tao 陶 霖

Woman symbolShanghai, China - “I just found out it is a quite fun and interesting instrument with a very unique sound... Not many Chinese people saw or knew this instrument before, actually. My family and friends are very supportive with this new instrument I introduced to them. They are super happy to hear it and see how it works and sounds....”

Lin Tao is a gifted pianist, performing artist, percussion instructor and music educator. And as fate would have it - she is now one of the persons who first performed on and introduced the steelpan to the world-famous and prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music - sometimes known as the “the cradle of musicians.” In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, performing artist Lin Tao shares her love for the steelpan instrument and expectations for the future with the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Saturday March 30, 2019
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Meet Danica Livingston
Trinidad & Tobago

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Danica Livingston

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “I remember one year we had a performance in South on Mother’s Day and Len “Boogsie” Sharpe stopped the bus to buy flowers for every female player on the bus, whether or not you were a mother. It’s little things like those that go a long way within an organization.”

A pan-lifer she is, beginning from day one. Her DNA spells PAN from front to back and back to front. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Danica Livingston shares thoughts for the way forward from both a philosophical and practical perspective, along with her insight, passion for the life and culture.
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Web Posted - Friday March 29, 2019
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Meet Jeanelle Alexander
Trinidad & Tobago

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Jeanelle Alexander

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “I would urge them to remain passionate and remember the reason they first wanted to play pan; childhood memories especially, I feel, affects this futuristic decision to move forward and be a pan player. Always strive for excellence and knowledge to go further than just playing the steelpan. Be a musician and be knowledgeable in all the aspects of your instrument and reach for the stars. “Don’t see where pan can take you - see where you can take pan.””

Her love affair with Pan and Exodus began in childhood. And as is her expectation, this affair will last forever and a day. She is one of the recognized pillars of the iconic Exodus Steel Orchestra. Beyond being a veteran advocate for all things good about pan, she has indeed lived the experience.  In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist Jeanelle Alexander shares her love and unrestrained passion for the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Friday March 29, 2019
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Meet Jryck Williams
Trinidad & Tobago

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Jryck Williams

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “There are so many people who don’t have “big ranks” in the pan world but have amazing ideas and visions for our national instrument that would be so beneficial. I would give people an opportunity to come together, every steelband family and share our ideas.”

She is confident, assertive, astute and forward-thinking. Moreover, she embodies all of the best ingredients you would love to have in the next generation of Pan caretakers. Jryck Williams may be young; however, her age belies her wisdom. This future lawyer brings it all to the table. We may be looking at the next great global leader of a players’ pan association or prime minister. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist Jryck Williams shares her love and vision for the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 27, 2019
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Meet Syanne Fleming 
New York, USA

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Syanne Fleming

Woman symbolNew York, USA - “For me personally, I am most proud of throwing myself into learning a new Pan (cello) when I first began playing with PESO, and I am still currently playing it and loving it. When it comes to the Pan community, I am most proud of the continuous striving to be better as an entire community.”

Through pan, dance and awareness of the power of culture, Syanne Fleming lives experiences of performing arts in a very real, tangible, transformative and sometimes completely unexpected, magnificent way. She understands that the life of her community is intrinsically connected and totally encompasses the emotional and intellectual well-being of the people. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks Syanne Fleming shares her love for the arts and culture, the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Tuesday March 26, 2019
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Meet Megan-Leigh Langton-Attang
Trinidad & Tobago

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Megan-Leigh Langton-Attang

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “To the young female panists reading this who are dreaming of becoming involved with the steelpan as a career I say, “Yes, please do. There is room for you.” I think the only limitations on steelpan start with the individual holding the views. Don’t be afraid to pick up steelpan as a career at home or abroad. Be prepared to work hard and be creative, but most importantly, have fun. You can be a composer, a conductor, an arranger, a musical director, a solo or group performer. You can be part of the administrative and managerial teams which help organize and develop the art form if being a part of the mostly musical aspects seem daunting.”

She is a millennial. Bright, articulate, intelligent, witty and funny - and did we say multitalented. Equally at home with a video game as she is with a pan... The pan DNA looms large inside her through the genes passed on to her through her Mom. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist Megan-Leigh Langton-Attang shares her outstanding experiences beginning at a tender age with the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Monday March 25, 2019
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Meet Chantal Esdelle
Trinidad & Tobago

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Chantal Esdelle

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “I am most proud about being the first female and youngest panist to win the Pan is Beautiful pan festival solo competition in 1992.”

“I am most saddened by the legacy of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade which obscures our ability to remember our goodness and interrupt any mistreatment of our fraternity, music and instrument because of its association with the working class and with African people.”

Although she is a scholar, an intellect and a deep thinker with many awards she remains humble. Indeed, it is Chantal Esdelle’s deep roots, knowledge of self and conscious awareness of who we are as a people amongst her vast accomplishments - that make her so special. She is a Trinidad and Tobago treasure.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - the panist, ethnomusicologist, musician composer, arranger and educator gives us an honest glimpse into who she is - her observations and concerns along with her love and unrestrained passion for the culture, history, steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Saturday March 23, 2019
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Meet Mahalia Thomas
Trinidad & Tobago

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Mahalia Thomas

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “Don’t be afraid to do what you love. There will always be the percentage that has something negative to say about what you do, but once focus on yourself, focus on positivity and find ways to better yourself and others you will truly enjoy life/the steelpan.”

A focused, determined, disciplined and extremely talented Mahalia Thomas brings it all to the table. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - the panist shares her love and unconcealed passion for the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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Web Posted - Thursday March 21, 2019
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Meet Ashley Gateson-Amankwah United Kingdom

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Woman symbolUnited Kingdom - “From my perspective I personally feel it (Panorama) is indeed a blessing. The people that I have met over the years, there is a likelihood I would never see again. I’ve got the chance to perform in front of thousands of people and to travel to places I never thought I’d visit. There is no better vibe or atmosphere in any other activity, like Panorama!”

At an early age she fell in love with the steelpan instrument. Now an adult the love affair continues. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist and musical director Ashley Gateson-Amankwah shares her experiences and passion for the steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.
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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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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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