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Web Posted - Tuesday May 22, 2018
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“Mr. Keith Diaz (President of Pan Trinbago), is and has always been a stranger to the truth”

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - On Friday 18th May 2018, the same mob that assaulted Attorney Farid Scoon at the Communication Workers Union hall the day before, invaded the head office of Pan Trinbago with placards and shouting at the top of their voices that the duly elected officers must vacate office immediately. This interrupted a staff meeting that was called by the office manager to update them on the present situation in light of all the misinformation that was going around. The meeting although near its end, had to be aborted, as the unruly mob went throughout the office pounding on tables and kicking on doors thereby disrupting the operations of the office staff who felt very intimidated and was unable to continue working until the police arrived. This action also had a very negative effect on the other tenants of the building, thereby bringing the organization into public disrepute and making our neighbors uneasy.
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Web Posted - Monday May 21, 2018
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Central Executive of Pan Trinbago appalled at attitude displayed by members of its organization

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Saddening, Maddening and Frightening, is the only way to describe the despicable behavior of a few regional officers and members of Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C., who had gathered at the Communication Workers Union hall at the behest of the President Keith Diaz, on the evening of Thursday 17th May, 2018 to hold an illegal Special Convention to tinker with the Constitution of the Organization.

Arising out of a pending court matter, Attorney for the Executive Mr. Farid Scoon went to serve on Keith Diaz, an injunction granted by Madam Justice Joan Charles, advising that the meeting was illegal. Mr. Scoon came under attack and was subjected to physical assault by an unruly mob to the extent of having beer thrown on him.
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Web Posted - Monday May 21, 2018
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Pan Trinbago Responds to: “TAKE PAN AWAY FROM PAN PLAYERS”

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Please allow me space to reply to an article written in the Daily Express by veteran journalist Keith Subero on Monday 7th May 2018 titled ‘TAKE PAN AWAY FROM PAN PLAYERS.’

Two calypsos keep bouncing around in my head while trying to come to terms with Keith’s comments. David Rudder’s “Mad Man’s Rant” and Bro. Valentino’s “Barking Dogs”. The words sounded like mad men in bags, madmen in rags and madmen in their velvet gowns and suits also.
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Web Posted - Friday May 11, 2018
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Youths keep Pan alive at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

PANLARA Youth Steel Orchestra

Washington D.C., U.S.A. - PANLARA Youth Steel Orchestra comprising of boys and girls from Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, the Bahamas, Panama and Jamaica performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

The group led by Trinidadian Debbie Lara played varied musical selections from Reggae, Jazz, and R&B to Latin and Soca, to a capacity audience with a full spectrum of steel band musical interpretations.

....The concert was a welcome feature by the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer and was attended by a packed audience from all over the world including many of the Trinidadian and Tobagonian parents of the youths as well.
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Web Posted - Thursday May 10, 2018
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Une soirée steelband avec le fameux Renegades Steel Orchestra de Trinidad et Tobago, et Chroma Steel - Vendredi 18 mai

Renegades Steel Orchestra

France - Avis à tous les amateurs!  Vendredi 18 mai à la salle F. Mitterand de Carmaux aura lieu une soirée steelband avec le fameux Renegades Steel Orchestra de Trinidad et Tobago.

Chroma Steel participera à la soirée en donnant un concert gratuit...
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Web Posted - Friday May 4, 2018
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Phase II gets new name and new leader

Keron Valentine, new Executive Director of Hadco Phase II with Arranger Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe and John Hadad, Executive Chairman of Hadco

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.  - Phase II is now known as Hadco Phase II and the band is now under new leadership.

Former Port-of-Spain Mayor Keron Valentine will now take over the rein of leadership as the band’s Executive Manager.

The changes were announced at a media launch on Thursday in addition to plans to develop the band’s space in Woodbrook, called The Village.

Speaking to Loop earlier this week, Valentine, 33, said one of his first acts was to acknowledge Hadco’s support of the band through the name change.

“They are a very special corporate sponsor. I have worked with quite a number of other corporate entities and they are into it. Most corporate people just see it as the dollar figure they put behind the steel pan but Hadco cares about the wellbeing of the band and we have a very close relationship with them and we keep abreast of all the developments. When I came on I was always hearing it is Phase II in collaboration with Hadco but I told them we have to acknowledge that it is a lot of resources, financial and otherwise given to Phase II so we need to re-launch and call the band Hadco Phase 11 Pan Groove,” he said.
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Web Posted - Thursday May 3, 2018
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Teneisha Campbell of Renegades Steel Orchestra and the movie Black Panther Speaks at The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards

Teneisha Campbell

Global - The 2018 Keynote Speaker at the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) Harry Jerome Awards was Teneisha Campbell. The former Renegades Steel Orchestra player and an actor in the blockbuster movie “Black Panther” delivered a keynote speech on “Legacy.”

The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards is recognized as the most prestigious national awards gala in the African-Canadian community and a coveted symbol of achievement.
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Web Posted - Thursday May 3, 2018
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Diatonic’s Steel in Motion

Scrunter's Pan Groove performs at Diatonic Steel Orchestra's 8th Annual Steel in Motion

San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.  - Diatonic Steel Orchestra held its eight annual Steel in Motion, which was dedicated to calypsonian Johnny King, last Saturday with a parade along High Street. On the penultimate day of the 2018 Siparia Fete, 11 steel orchestras participated in three competitions, Best Flag Waver, Religious Music in Calypso Tempo and a song from the repertoire of King.

Winners of last year’s competition were presented with their trophies during the programme. That competition was dedicated to Leroy “Black Stalin” Calliste. King was also honoured during the proceedings and was presented with an award by Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.
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Web Posted - Monday April 23, 2018
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Here’s Why Boogsie Will Rebound From ‘Hello’
Back to the Archives - The Year of 2013

Arranger Len "Boogsie" Sharpe with Phase II Pan Groove at the 2013 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama Finals

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The steel band moment is here after all. And it might be hard to find the concept of the future in this arena of drums and notes. For now, the night needs answers. What will it take?

Will you give us your heart through the ear. What is the structure of the performance. What inspired it. Will the interpretation move us. Will it take us to another place. What does the band want to accomplish. Will it adjust tempo. Is that necessary. And for the adjudicators, why does a piece of music work and why it doesn’t. What are the technical shortcomings. What do you hear that we don’t.

We’ll find out tonight. And not a moment too soon.

When Trinidad All Stars members warmed up the knuckles before the countdown clanged like a metronome from pan’s frighteningly innermost insecurities about tempo, an icy sweat rolled slowly down the spine. This might be the band’s only shot.
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Web Posted - Monday April 23, 2018
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Bringing the Caribbean to Connecticut

Connecticut, U.S.A.  - On Saturday night, UConn musicians joined in von der Mehden Recital Hall to perform the smooth styles of Latin Steel Pan rhythms. The ensemble played five numbers which showcased all of the main traditions in steel pan music. The show also presented a description of the history of this style of music and an overview of the various types of steel drums.

As Director Bob Stephens explained, the four categories of drum are the “tenor,” which plays the main melody of the song, “bass,” which provides the backbone to the piece and has the lowest pitch, and “guitar and cello,” which fills in the rest of the piece, providing harmonized melodies to support the tenors.
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Web Posted - Sunday April 22, 2018
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Man killed during robbery at card game
Invaders Steel Orchestra bass player killed

Jeffrey “Rafa” DorantTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The steelpan fraternity has been plunged into mourning after an avid bass player of the Invaders Steel Orchestra was killed while trying to run away from a robbery in progress yesterday.

According to a police report, at about 12:30 a.m., Jeffrey “Rafa” Dorant, 46, of Jeffers Lane, St James, walked into a card game lime when he saw armed gunmen robbing a group of men. The gunmen wore bandanas that partially covered their faces.

As Dorant turned around and started running away, a gunman shot him in his back at the scene on Fort George Road.

....Dorant was described as “the best bass man you would ever meet.”
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 18, 2018
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Pan Trinbago coup
Forteau eyes legal challenge to bands’ vote

Richard ForteauTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A decision by a large group of Pan Trinbago members to remove the organisation’s central executive is now set to be the subject of a legal challenge.

During a special meeting at the CWU Hall in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday evening, 130 members reportedly voted to remove the executive and establish a caretaker committee to oversee the organisation until elections can be held later this year. Only one member reportedly dissented.

The central executive consists of president Keith Diaz, secretary Richard Forteau, treasurer Andrew Salvador, PRO Michael Joseph, external relations officer Darren Sheppard and trustees Allan Augustus and Trevor Reid.

....In a telephone interview yesterday evening, however, Forteau strongly objected to the action and said his attorneys were currently working on a lawsuit to challenge it.

“It is a power grab. I am not about that. We are here to protect the constitution of the organisation, not to prop up an individual,” Forteau, who did not attend the meeting, said.
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Web Posted - Wednesday April 18, 2018
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Meet Nakita Wilfred
Barbados
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Nakita “Empress Sadé” Wilfred

Woman symbolBarbados, W.I. - “Whenever I play pan, I would drift to this place of total bliss where she [my mother] resides and I can never help but to smile uncontrollably and feel at peace. Onlookers always inquire about my ability to smile so consistently and effortlessly but when I express to them the sheer joy I experience whenever I play, they have a better understanding.”

The steelpan instrument, in this case, the Tenor, is like oxygen for her. Pan is Nakita Wilfred; Nakita Wilfred is Pan. And that pretty much tells the story right there. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Nakita “Empress Sadé” Wilfred explains why Pan is the joy of her life, and in addition shares her feelings, experiences, and insight into the Steelband music art form and more.
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Web Posted - Monday April 16, 2018
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Meet Patricia Jones
Maryland, USA
Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Patricia Jones

Woman symbolMaryland, USA - “Music embodies my life to the point that it takes precedence to eating, drinking and sleeping. I often hear melodies and musical arrangements in my head...”

She is a music educator, performer, recording musician, author, composer and arranger. Music is her life. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Patricia Jones shares her musical journey and experiences, and insight into the Steelband music art form and more.
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Web Posted - Saturday April 14, 2018
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Meet Patricia Black
Trinidad & Tobago

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Patricia Black

Woman symbolTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “I come alive as I transform into the woman on the bass while I lose my soul jamming to the sweetness, the harmonic and melodious arrangement by my legendary arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe....Panorama to me is one of the greatest shows on earth. It is a platform where musicians both pan men and pan women all over the world come together to express the passion we all have for pan, with a musical vengeance....”

Unabashedly proud of her pan involvement - she speaks of the immense joys and fulfillment she has felt over the years as a seasoned panist and member of the renowned Phase II Pan Groove.

Bright, loyal and confident - in an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Patricia Black shares her feelings, experiences and insight into the Steelband music art form and more.
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Web Posted - Thursday April 12, 2018
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Meet Justina Ploeger
Germany

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Justina Ploeger

Woman symbolDortmund, Germany - “I’m lucky to be born in a city, which can by now be called, “The steel pan stronghold of Germany.” The first steel pan association in Dortmund was founded in 1995 and a pan-round-the-neck band was part of it. They used to play at almost every city festival, which is why I got in contact with pan at an early age. By the end of the 90s they had started several groups for adults. My mum joined one of the bands and in 1999 my parents also signed me and my twin brother Jonas up. The group we played in was the first ever, possibly, for kids in Germany to play pan. We were taught by Werner M. Weidensdorfer, who invented a special, small pan for kids.”

She is young in age but no doubt a talented veteran panist with skills. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Justina Ploeger shares her feelings, experiences, and love for the Steelband music art form and more.
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 2018 Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama Info - Complete

Carnival and Panorama 2018

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - PanOnTheNet/ WhenSteelTalks is Panorama Central!  Complete information on the 2018 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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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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