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 Trinidad and Tobago Steelband Panorama and Carnival Schedule 2018

Carnival and Panorama 2018

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Complete Trinidad and Tobago 2018 National Panorama competition schedule. All rounds - preliminary, semi-finals and finals.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 19, 2018
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Lizzie Lowe - Turning musical challenges into successes!

Lizzie Lowe

Global - Lizzie is an amazing individual whose musical journey has taken her into challenging situations that have proven to be her stepping-stones towards the grooming of the outstanding musician she has become.

Her drive and determination has seen her embrace challenges head on and her work rate is outstanding. All these factors coupled with her lovely demeanor have proven to be a winning formula.
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 Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Preliminaries - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2018

Carnival and Panorama 2018

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Six Small Conventional Steel Orchestras in the Northern Region i.e. Merry Tones, Cocorite West Wind, Humming Birds Pan Groove, Harvard Harps, Tokyo and Blue Diamonds, started the Preliminary judging at their respective pan yards on Monday 15 January.


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 Medium Conventional Steel Orchestra Preliminaries - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2018

Carnival and Panorama 2018

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Preliminary judging for the National Panorama Medium Conventional Steel Orchestra category commences on Friday 19 January in the Eastern Region with eight participants.
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 Large Conventional Steel Orchestra Preliminaries - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2018

Carnival and Panorama 2018

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Seventeen steel orchestras have registered for their category in the National Panorama Large Bands category in 2018
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Web Posted - Sunday January 13, 2018
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Youth Take Over’
sung by “Singerboy Sergio”
Artwork for ‘Youth Take Over’ by Sergio Camejo

Global - 18-year old Sergio “Singerboy Sergio” Camejo of Fatima College has won the National Schools Soca Monarch in 2011 (Primary) and in 2015 (Secondary). He came 2nd in 2016 with his composition ‘PACE.’ and took back the Junior Soca Monarch title in 2017 (3rd Title) with his breakout soca hit, ‘DAZ YUH BUSINESS!’

Sergio is well known for his lead performances with the Marionettes Chorale, The Fatima Senior Boys’ Choir, and the Tallman Foundation Workshops. 2018 sees Sergio going to the next level with “Youth Take Over!”
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Web Posted - Sunday January 13, 2018
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘The Jamettery’
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David Rudder

Global - ...In the early days, David Rudder acquired a reputation as a back-up singer in the calypso tent run by Lord Kitchener, while earning his living as an accountant with the Trinidad Bus Company. Rudder’s first big break came when Christopher “Tambu” Herbert, lead singer with Charlie’s Roots, fell ill after an exhausting tour of Guyana and suggested his friend Rudder as a temporary replacement.

Rudder stayed on as a co-lead singer, and built a reputation for his scintillating performances. His exposure to Shango and the Pan Yards influenced his music, he was also influenced by Jazz and African artists such as Yossou N’Dour, Alpha Blondy. He is known as one of the few band singers who wrote all his own songs.

Featured here is one of his 2018 tracks, ‘The Jamettery.’
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Web Posted - Saturday January 13, 2018
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 Single Pan Bands - Finals Results - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2018 - Newtown Playboys Retain Championship Single Pan Band Title

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It is victory for the second year running for Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony, which successfully defended its title in the Single Pan Band category of the 2018 Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama.

Performing a David Rudder classic - ‘The Hammer’ - arranged by Carlon Harewood, it was a close competition, with the winners a single point ahead of the second-place band, Pan Jammers, which came in with 285 points. A tie for third between Marsicans and the T&T Fire Service single pan bands rounded out the top positions.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 13, 2018
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 Single Pan Bands - Order of Appearance - Finals - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2018

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The sounds of steel will resonate at the Basketball Court, Princess Royal Park, Arima, east Trinidad on Sunday January 14, as twenty Single Pan Bands vie for pan music supremacy in their category. These were selected from the original fifty-three bands which competed in the preliminaries, from the Northern, Eastern, South Central and Tobago regions.

The finalists were announced on Friday morning at The Murchison Brown Auditorium, Knox Street, Port-of-Spain. Later that day, the bands’ representatives drew for playing position at Pan Trinbago’s Head Office.
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Web Posted - Friday January 12, 2018
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CAL pulls Invaders sponsorship
CAL pulls Invaders $$ but manager tells fans: see you in Savannah
Invaders Steel Orchestra plays at the Panorama Finals at the Queen's Park Savannah in 2016

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Weeks before National Panorama finals, Caribbean Airlines has pulled its sponsorship from the Invaders Steel Orchestra because of economic constraints the airline is facing.

Confirmation came from Invaders manager Michael Dim Chong. He said word came via a formal letter the band received on Wednesday.

Dim Chong said this would have a tremendous impact on the 77-year-old band, but not so much that it would have to pull out from the competition.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 9, 2018
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Songwriter Jovan James Rocking the Panorama & Carnival Music World Again - UpClose!

Jovan James - songwriter, pan musician

Global - In the inner circles of Soca music creation and production, the name Jovan James is well known, as he has singularly written, or co-written, hits for some of the biggest Soca stars in Caribbean. The list reads like a who’s who of heavy hitters - Machel, Kes, Destra, Peter Ram, 5Star Akil, Teddyson John, King Bubba - just to name a few.

From Machel Montano’s ‘Temperature’ to 5Star Akil’s ‘Different Me’ to 2018’s runaway hit ‘Sweet Fuh Days’ performed by Patrice Roberts - they’ve all come from the creative mind of Jovan James. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, panist and songwriter Jovan James speaks about his blockbusting success with producing popular Caribbean music for the party scene and adopted within the Panorama music genre.
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Web Posted - Monday January 8, 2018
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Honeymoon over: Boogsie dumps "Sokah" and says "Hello" to Kees
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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Legendary pan arranger Len Boogsie Sharpe is apologising to Nailah Blackman and her camp for dropping her song, ‘Sokah’, as the tune of choice for Phase II Pan Groove.

Sharpe told Loop that while he was close to finishing the ‘Sokah’ arrangement, Kees Dieffenthaller's ‘Hello’ on the Folklore Riddim took over his mind, body and soul.

He said he heard ‘Hello’ at a Christmas party in the panyard and it kept playing in his head.

“It is a great song. I want to apologise to Nailah and her whole crew for not holding on to the song, it was a tough decision I had to make,” he said.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 7, 2018
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Hello’
sung by “Kes”
“Kes” Hello - art work

Global - ‘Kes’ performs the track ‘Hello.’  It is history-making in its own right - as it is reportedly currently the tune of choice for champion arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe with his legendary Phase II Pan Groove, as they make a play for what would be their first championship since 2014. 

It is also the first time in decades that the ace arranger would be taking his legacy steel orchestra to the Panorama stage performing music that he did not compose.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 7, 2018
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘(ITF) Inside The Festival’
sung by “Ultimate Rejects”
“Ultimate Rejects”

Global - Ultimate Rejects have two tracks that are in play for the 2018 Panorama season. The one featured here, ‘(ITF) Inside The Festival,’ is the tune of choice for three steel orchestras in the large band category.

Fonclaire Steel Orchestra, Invaders Steel Orchestra and La Brea Nightingales are all looking for this one to take them all the way to the top via the Big Yard on championship night.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 7, 2018
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Sweet Fuh Days’
sung by Patrice Roberts
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Global - ‘Sweet Fuh Days’ is making musical waves not only on the soca scene for Carnival, but also in the 2018 Panorama arena.

Exodus Steel Orchestra, Supernovas Steel Orchestra and Tropical Angel Harps have all found this song irresistible, and have chosen it as their Panorama tune. Each is confident that the judges will find their respective arrangement and performance top notch.  The track is written by Jovan James, who also wrote 2016’s/2017’s monster smash ‘Good Morning’ - itself a 2017 Panorama favorite, being the most-played song in the competition.
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Web Posted - Friday January 5, 2018
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 Single Pan Bands - Preliminaries, South/Central, Tobago Regions - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2018

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - South/Central and Tobago Bands will be the focus of attention next week as the National Panorama Single Pan Bands Preliminaries continue across Trinidad & Tobago.

In the south, New Age Trendsetters of Chaguanas will be the first of four bands to be judged in that region on Tuesday 9 January. The other six will go through their musical paces on Wednesday January 10. Performances on both days begin at 7:00 p.m. Winding up Wednesday’s segment is Jah Roots of Point Fortin with Lord Melody’s “Mama Look Ah Booboo.”

In Tobago, Metro Stars of Pembroke will lead off the judging process.
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Web Posted - Friday January 5, 2018
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 Single Pan Bands - Preliminaries, Eastern Region - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2018

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Multiple compositions by Dr. Winsford “Joker” Devine, Dr. Leroy Calliste, Neil Iwer George, Machel Montano, Austin Lyons and Dennis Franklin Williams have been selected by bands in the Eastern Region for their tunes of choice as preliminaries of the National Panorama Single Pan Band competition continue this weekend.

Four of the competing bands - Cocorite Road Pan Groovers (“This Melody Sweet”), Arima All Stars (“This Melody Sweet”), Pan Elites (“Ah Feeling It”), and Pan Stereonettes (“Say Say), have opted to play Winsford “Joker” Devine’s compositions as sung by Timothy “The Baron” Watkins.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 4, 2018
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 Single Pan Bands - Preliminaries, Northern Region - Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2018

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The National Panorama Single Pan Band Competition 2018 kicks off tonight with bands in the North facing the four-man adjudication panel from 7:00 p.m.


First off the starting block is reigning Single Pan champion Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony. For the competition, they have chosen David Rudder’s “Hammer” arranged by Carlon “Panman” Harewood. Newtown Woodbrook Playboys will be judged at their Woodford Street panyard.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 4, 2018
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 Single Pan Prelims Kick Off 2018 Steelband Panorama In Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - 2017 National Panorama Single Pan champ Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony, is the first Northern-Region band expected to perform before Pan Trinbago’s Adjudication Panel at the band’s Tragarete Road Pan Theatre, on the evening of Thursday, January 4.

Playing David Rudder’s “Hammer” arranged by Carlon “Panman” Harewood, the Newtown-based steelband is one of seven scheduled to perform their Panorama tune before the four-man panel.

The other single pan bands include D’Original Woodbrook Modernaires, Brimblers, Scrunters Pan Groove, La Creole Pan Groove, Ice Water Pan Ensemble and Nuttin’ Big Pan Groove.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 3, 2018
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Lightning Flash’
sung by “Ultimate Rejects”
“Ultimate Rejects”

Global - Ultimate Rejects are back in play for the 2018 Panorama season. The defending Panorama champion Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra is but one opting for the group’s song Lightning Flash in this year’s competition arena. To date, Silver Stars, St. Margaret’s Superstars and Pan-Demonium steel orchestras will also try for musical glory with the song.”
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Web Posted - Sunday December 31, 2017
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Melton S. Mustafa and “Pazz”
Remembering his impact on Pan
Melton S. Mustafa
by Dr. Dawn Batson

Global - Across the world are stellar persons who quietly and with great dedication move the pan movement forward. Melton S. Mustafa was one such person.

He left the road to join a small group of musician/educators including myself at Florida Memorial College (later Florida Memorial University) in 1996.

....From the first day of our first semester Melton embraced the pan. He did not regard it (as sadly so many do) as a novelty to be enjoyed and then ignored. As pan majors grew in number, he used the instrument as an integral part of the jazz band. 
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Web Posted - Sunday December 31, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Pan Gone Soca’
sung by “De Panman”

Carl “De Panman” Richards

Global - Carl Richards a.k.a. “De Panman” is an ace double second pan player based in Antigua.

....In 2000 he launched his calypso career and was an instant hit, making the finals in Antigua & Barbuda.

For the 2018 Panorama season “De Panman” presents this track, “Pan Gone Soca.”
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Web Posted - Friday December 29, 2017
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Pan Trinbago celebrates 55 Years of Steelband Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Bands in the Northern Region of Trinidad will kick off the 2018 National Panorama Single Pan Competition (qualifying round) on Thursday January 4, 2018 at the bands’ respective pan yards/communities.

Twenty-seven Single Pan Bands will perform their respective tune of choice before the adjudicators over a period of three days i.e. January 4, 5 and 6, commencing at 7:00 p.m. nightly.

Come Sunday January 7 and Monday January 8, twenty-two bands in the country’s Eastern Region will compete, while the thirteen bands in South/Central will have their moment of glory on January 9 and 10. Sister isle Tobago’s four bands will conclude the preliminary round on Thursday January 11.
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 26, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Finally’
sung by “Sugar Aloes”

Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osuna

Global - “Sugar Aloes” a.k.a. Michael Anthony Osouna, is a prominent calypsonian hailing from Trinidad and Tobago. Singing local hits such as ‘Party Time’ and parang favorite ‘Juanita,’ Aloes has amassed a fan base of at least three generations of Trinbagonians and calypso lovers.

For the 2018 steelband Panorama season Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osouna has composed and performs ‘Finally,’ a tribute to the late legendary calypsonian, Lord Kitchener.
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 26, 2017
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A Look at 2017 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama Through the WST Forum Posts of S.F. Thomas aka “Big Sid”

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....Trinidad steelband panorama, from its founding, was set up as a genius-vs-genius, who-better-than-who, kind of contest. Where else in the world has such a format persisted, I wonder? So I doubt very much that Boogsie's inclination is to be complacent. Even with all the laurels, genius has a way of calling attention to itself, and sometimes positively to seek it. The very name of his band -- Phase II -- calls attention to something new and avant garde. All these many years later, Boogsie's genius calls attention to itself, even if now, older and wiser, Boogsie projects a mellowed humility.
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 19, 2017
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Homegrown concert featuring Talent of CASYM and Steel Sensation Steel Orchestras
CASYM Steel Orchestra performs at the Homegrown concert, November 2017

New York, USA - New York steel orchestra fixtures CASYM and Steel Sensation came together to co-produce an event called “Homegrown.” As the title so aptly suggests the event highlighted, promoted, and supported homegrown talent which have come through the ranks of these two distinguished NY music organizations.

On this occasion, on display - the arranging prowess of the up-and-coming steel orchestra arrangers Lance Maximum for CASYM and Tristan Brewington-Japsi for Steel Sensation. In short, the mission was clear - a continued investment in their own homegrown talent, their organizations, their future and continuing growth of the of the art-form through youth.
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Web Posted -  September, 2017
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The Ugly, The Uglier and The Ugliest - New York Panorama 2017
tag words for 2017 NY Panorama: Embarrassing, Shameful, Thoughtless, Bandits

Emperor Star Wars

New York, USA - Well if you haven’t heard already, New York's 2017 Panorama Steel Orchestra competition was an epic failure for most. Unless you were the show’s promoters - who got away as bandits in the night - except it was a broad daylight-mugging with everyone watching. Calling the promoters “bandits” is really a description 'upgrade’ as they have been known as the original Evil Empire to the Brooklyn Steelband community for decades.

So in this regard, let’s cut the crap! And the fake news from those who are spreading alternative facts, about how great New York 2017 Panorama was. In reality it was jacked up.
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Early Trinidad and Tobago Steelbands Names Associated with Hollywood Movies
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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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