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Hell’s Gate Steel Orchestra Wins Antigua & Barbuda
2009 National Panorama Title

Khan Cordice is winning arranger!
 

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St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda - Hell’s Gate Steel Orchestra - the oldest band in Antigua & Barbuda - made history again for 2009 by copping Panorama championship honors, beating out four other competitors.  And they did this with the youngest arranger in the competition - Khan Cordice - at their helm.  The 2009 Antigua & Barbuda National Panorama was held at Carnival City (aka the Antigua Recreation Grounds), St. John’s, on the penultimate night of July with a large crowd of music lovers in attendance. Five steel orchestras participated in this year’s show - Ebonites, Gemonites, Halcyon, Harmonites and Hell’s Gate. Ebonites performed well-known Antigua calypsonian the Mighty Swallow’s Rudeboy Bacchanal (from 1983), as arranged by Aubrey “Lacu” Samuel.

Harmonites and Halcyon were  eventually adjudicated second and first-runners up respectively, with band representatives receiving their trophies and prizes from Minister of Culture Ellison Adams (for Harmonites), and director of Antigua Commercial Bank (sponsors of the competition) Phillip Harris (for Halcyon).  The presentation for the most sought-after title of the night - Panorama champions - was left to Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, himself a ‘Pan Man’ and avid supporter and lover of the steelpan art form. 

Last year Halcyon had unseated 2007 winners Hell’s Gate to take the title.  For 2009, Hell’s Gate turned the tables once more and returned the ‘favor,’ leaving Halcyon to be content with second place.

Ace arranger Khan Cordice (pictured) is continuing his winning ways as When Steel Talks (WST) readers would know.  WST was in Antigua for the 2008 Moods of Pan festival, and present when Cordice also triumphed over his older peer arrangers when he took musical charge in the 25-A-Side event for the youngest band competing then - the country’s National Youth Pan Orchestra - and lead them to victory.  Cordice was also interviewed and spotlighted on WST.
 

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RESULTS for Antigua & Barbuda 2009 National Panorama

 

Bands

Results

Songs

Arrangers

Hell’s Gates

1st

 

Khan Cordice

Halcyon

 2nd

 

 

Harmonites

3rd

 

 

Gemonites

 

 

 

Ebonites

 

Rudeboy Bacchanal

Aubrey “Lacu” Samuel


Antigua Panorama Champions

  • 1. Hell’s Gate (champions 1949, 1953, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1967, 1976, 1990, 1991, 2002, 2006, 2007 & 2009)

  • 2. Halcyon (champions 1975, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 & 2008)

  • 3. Harmonites (champions 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1985, 2001 & 2004)

  • 5. Gemonites (champions 1981, 2003 & 2005)

  • 6. Ebonites (champions 1977)

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