Web Posted - Sunday July 14, 2024
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Pandemonium at Barbados Crop Over 2024 - Live Stream

Barbados, W.I.  - Several steelbands are part of Pandemonium, on Sunday July 14 from 2:00 p.m. Venue is the National Botanical Gardens in Codrington, St. Michael.

Those scheduled to appear include Calvary YPS Steelband, St. Leonard’s Band & Choir, the all-female group Dejavu, Phoenix Steel....
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Web Posted - Friday July 12, 2024
Barbados Today

Pandemonium set to strike as Pan Extravaganza expands for Golden Crop Over

The feature of the event is the Barbados National Youth Steel Orchestra.
The feature of the event is the Barbados National Youth Steel Orchestra

Barbados, W.I.  - The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) anticipates a record-breaking turnout for the 2024 edition of Republic Bank Pandemonium, as the event cements its position as one of the most eagerly awaited attractions on the Crop Over calendar. Last year’s gathering drew over 30,000 patrons, and the organisers expect to surpass that figure this year.

....The lineup promises a diverse musical feast, featuring local talents such as Calvary YPS Steelband, St Leonard’s Band & Choir, the all-female group Dejavu, Phoenix Steel, ZigE Walcott and Black Peppa, Euphony Steel, the Barbados National Youth Steel Orchestra, the Crop Over 50th Anniversary Iron Massive Steel, and the Republic Bank Steel Band.
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Web Posted - Monday July 8, 2024
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 Saint Lucia National Panorama 2024 Results - Babonneau Steel Orchestra Takes Eighth Title with Champion Arranger Allison Marquis

Babonneau Steel Orchestra - 2024 Saint Lucia Panorama champions
Babonneau Steel Orchestra - 2024 Saint Lucia Panorama champions

Saint Lucia, W.I. - Yet another night of triumph is in the country’s national history books, as Babonneau Steel Orchestra, teamed with champion arranger Allison Marquis, more than passed musical muster in the 2024 Panorama competition.  It is the music organization’s eighth Panorama title, and its sixth consecutive musical triumph in that arena.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 7, 2024
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Saint Lucia National Panorama 2024 - Live Stream

Saint Lucia, W.I. - The 2024 Saint Lucia National Steelband Panorama competition is being held on Sunday July 7 at The SAB, Vigie. Five steel orchestras compete for the title of Panorama champions.

Showtime is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. This is a live stream of the event.
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Web Posted - Friday June 28, 2024
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Saint Lucia 2024 National Panorama - Order of Appearance

Saint Lucia, W.I. - SM Steel out of Canaries is first up in the music throwdown that is Saint Lucia’s annual steelband Panorama competition coming off July 7. The five steel orchestras competing on the national stage ‘pulled’ for their playing positions on the morning of Thursday June 27 during the Vaval Central program on Radio Caribbean International.
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Web Posted - Saturday June 22, 2024
The Voice

Sunshine vibes for Windrush Day

Schoolchildren enjoyed Caribbean cuisine, steel drum music and limbo dancing

The Steelers, Treviglas Academy’s steel drum band, perform
The Steelers, Treviglas Academy’s steel drum band, perform.

Cornwall, England -  Schoolchildren from across Cornwall honoured the 76th anniversary of the Windrush generation by immersing themselves in theatre, music and food from the Caribbean.

.....The Steelers, Treviglas Academy’s steel drum band, played a repertoire ranging from Harry Belafonte to Bruno Mars, while a rendition of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off had everyone singing to register on the Richter scale.

Music teacher Steve Mildenhall has been leading the band for 22 years.
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Web Posted - Tuesday June 18, 2024
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Junior Panorama 2024 gets $40,000 injection from VINLEC

From left: President of the Youlou Pan Movement Mr. Rodney Small receiving a cheque from VINLEC’s CEO – Dr. Vaughn Lewis.
From left: President of the Youlou Pan Movement Mr. Rodney Small receiving a cheque from VINLEC’s CEO – Dr. Vaughn Lewis.

St. Vincent  and the Grenadines, W.I.  - The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Electricity Services Ltd – VINLEC handed over a cheque of XCD $40,000 (USD $14,800.84) to the Youlou Pan Movement towards Junior Panorama 2024.

The event took place on the evening of June 18 at VINLEC’s Headquarters at Paul’s Avenue.
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Web Posted - Friday June 14, 2024
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1st Diego Martin Borough Day Celebrations - featuring Invaders, Valley Harps and other steel orchestras, artists & more

 Radicle Tube Live Stream

Invaders Steel Orchestra performs at Diego Margin’s 1st Borough Day ”
Invaders Steel Orchestra performs at Diego Margin’s 1st Borough Day

Diego Martin, Trinidad, W.I.  -  A Radicle Tube-live stream of Diego Martin’s 1st Borough Day evening celebrations - featuring steel orchestras Invaders, Valley Harps, Ice Water Pan Ensemble and others, soca artists the likes of Terri Lyons, Kernel Roberts, and more - in Trinidad on Friday June 14, 2024.

Earlier in the day, a parade got things started in the borough, along with other pan performances.
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Web Posted - Sunday June 9, 2024
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Young Steelband Musicians shine in Saint Lucia’s first-ever National Schools Pan Festival

Steelpan Festival part of Lucian Carnival 2024

Leon Hess Comprehensive/Fusion Steel Orchestra players keep the music going with bass pans hoisted
Leon Hess Comprehensive/Fusion Steel Orchestra

Castries, Saint Lucia, W.I.  -  Saint Lucia’s inaugural National Schools Pan Festival unfolded on a sunny Saturday June 8 afternoon at the SAB, Vigie in the country’s capital of Castries. It was part of the calendar of events for Lucian Carnival 2024.

Popular Saint Lucian pan soloist Chazz, and SMC (St. Mary’s College) Masqueraders—a group of young male dancers—got the energy flowing, even before the official opening with the playing of the nation’s anthem.
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Web Posted - Wednesday June 5, 2024
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Saint Lucia’s Inaugural National Schools Pan Festival 2024 set for June 8

Castries, Saint Lucia, W.I.  -   Seven schools will perform in this year’s inaugural National Schools Pan Festival scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at the SAB, Vigie, Castries.

The Pan Festival forms part of the activities for Junior Carnival and was developed by the CPMC (Carnival Planning & Management Committee) in an effort to ensure the sustainability of the rich cultural aspects of Lucian Carnival such as Steel Pan. The National Schools Pan Festival also promotes the involvement of all students and Schools across the island have an opportunity to be a part of Carnival celebrations.
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Web Posted - Sunday May 12, 2024
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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Steelpan & Steelband Music Moms

Global - Happy Mother’s Day to all the Steelpan & Steelband Music Moms, all over the world!
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Web Posted - Tuesday May 7, 2024
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Antigua’s Hell’s Gate Steel Orchestra 2024 Panorama Launch Not To Be Missed

St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - If you have the opportunity to be in Antigua, or are travelling within the Caribbean later this month, a phenomenal night of steelband music can be had for those lucky enough to make it.

Veteran music organization Hell’s Gate Steel Orchestra (HGSO)—the country’s reigning national Panorama champion—is hosting its 2024 Panorama Launch entitled “This is Carnival” on Saturday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Villa Primary School in St. John’s.
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Web Posted - Saturday May 4, 2024
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Radicle Tube Live Stream - 44th Point Fortin Borough Day - featuring steel orchestras Renegades, Exodus, All Stars & more

Pan Round de Neck at the 44th Point Fortin Borough Day
Pan Round de Neck at the 44th Point Fortin Borough Day

Point Fortin, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A live stream of Point Fortin’s 44th Borough Day - featuring steel orchestras Renegades, Exodus, All Stars, cultural performances, costumed participants, moko jumbies, and more - in Trinidad on Saturday May 4, 2024.
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2024 Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama Info - Complete

WST Steelband Panorama 2024 logo

Global - PanOnTheNet/ WhenSteelTalks is Panorama Central! Complete information on the 2024 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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Facebook got it wrong - Meta World and WST & SteelPan Are Friends Again

Facebook “Likes” sends PanOnTheNet Apology - “We got it wrong”

Metaverse - Facebook got it wrong. About three years ago without warning or reason all WST (When Steel Talks) steelpan-related accounts fell out of favor with the social media giant Facebook now known as Meta and its aligned consortiums (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp). Because WST has all of our material hosted on our own shared servers, this ‘tag’ was not incurable or as problematic as it could have been. However, it was annoying to have people seeking critical steelpan music info diverted by Facebook AI (artificial intelligence).
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Technology Giant “Google” Celebrates the steelpan instrument via Google Doodle

Celebrating Steelpan - Illustration by artist Nicholas Huggins

Doodle of steelpan instrument ‘live’ on Google’s web site
Doodle of steelpan instrument ‘live’ on Google’s web site

Global - On Tuesday July 26, 2022 the steelpan instrument of Trinidad and Tobago is featured and celebrated on the site of technology giant “Google” via the famed Google ‘Doodle.’ The ‘Doodle’ is essentially an illustrative change made to the Google corporate logo “to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists” - and more. The doodle is then seen by users all around the world who access Google’s homepage on that day, and is available thereafter in the doodle archives.

....Trinidad and Tobago-based artist Nicholas Huggins is the creator of the illustrative artwork featured in the doodle, while Etienne Charles is the composer of the accompanying music performed by the legendary steelpan icon Len “Boogsie” Sharpe.
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