Steelpan Arranger
Annise “Halfers” Hadeed - Pan Arranger
WST Pan Photographer

Annise “Halfers” Hadeed

Annise “Halfers” Hadeed - Steel Xplosion, Metronomes, Ebony, Kalomo Kings, Harmonites, Phase II Pan Groove, Skiffle Bunch, Starlift, Merry Tones
Panorama Championships
United Kingdom – 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1989, 1988
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Trinidad-born Annise ‘Halfers’ Hadeed’s musical career spans over 4 decades which started in Invaders Steel Orchestra. He is a leading steelpan player who has distinguished himself as a soloist, composer, international recording artist, freelance session musician and musical director and arranger for various steel orchestras (Trinidad and London).

In 1980, he was a founding member of the London-based Caribbean Jazz fusion group ‘The Breakfast Band’ which included the renowned drummer Richard Bailey. Some of the foremost musicians ‘Halfers’ has played and recorded with include Billy Ocean, the late great Russ Henderson, Clive Zanda, Rudy Smith, Felix Roach, Martiniquan pianist, the late Claude Sommier and Luther Francois, one of the Caribbean’s leading saxophonist and musical director of the West Indies Jazz Band which comprised musicians from the English- and French-speaking islands of the West Indies.

‘Halfers’ has appeared at some of the world’s leading jazz festivals and venues such as Ronnie Scott’s (London), Lionel Hampton Jazz Club (Paris), The New Morning Café (Paris and Geneva), Monmatre jazz club (Denmark), Kuopio Music Festival (Finland), The Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazzance (Central Bank Auditorium, Trinidad), Pan Jazz Festival (Bastille Day Celebrations, Paris), Jazz on the Greens (Trinidad), and Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari (Barbados), to name a few.

For the Trinidad & Tobago Panorama, ‘Halfers’ has arranged for a number of bands - Kalomo Kings, Solo Harmonites, Phase 2, Skiffle Bunch, Starlift and Merry Tones. In the UK, he has arranged for Ebony Steelband and Metronomes Steel Orchestra and is currently the ‘winningest’ arranger in the history of Notting Hill Carnival with 16 panorama wins, 9 of which were consecutive.

In his field, Annise Hadeed is considered one of the foremost steelpan virtuosos and is held in high regard. His range of music encompasses many genres and Trinidad and Tobago is well represented on the national instrument by this exceptionally talented and gifted Trinidadian.

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