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Web Posted - Tuesday 19 September, 2017
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International Steelband Foundation
How the BIG5 panned out and breathed new life into the culture

by Dalton Narine

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Since the long absence and death of J’Ouvert pan — and the contemporary child-rearing practices of a bulky, muscled Panorama — the newly-minted International Steelband Foundation (ISF), a movement that’s been seven years in the making, seems to have changed the course of Pan in one fell swoop (Cue the BIG5).
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Web Posted - Wednesday 13 September, 2017
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D’Radoes Steel Orchestra - ‘Full Extreme’ - New York Panorama 2017 - Pan Yard Recording - Audio

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New York, USA - Radoes Steel Orchestra - With master Dirk Harewood on the ‘Big Drum’ it was not a good idea for the Evil One and his Witches to mess with D’Radoes Steel Orchestra on this night.

Drill Master Dane Gulston had the orchestra in “Full Extreme” mode as they executed the arrangement of the reigning champion arranger Terrance “BJ” Marcelle. Four in a row was the goal.

And as Dane ‘wukked’ them - Basement Recordings captured 100 Radoes players, ‘live’ in their Canarsie, Brooklyn panyard.
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Web Posted - Monday 11 September, 2017
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CASYM - ‘Far From Finished’ - New York Panorama 2017 - Pan Yard Recording - Audio

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New York, USA - In spite of the 2017 Evil Empire’s “No-Respect-O-Rama” the musical genius of the New York Pan-Man and Pan-Woman shines through...

Suffering a severe ‘Buss Head’ from the tribe of Despers USA, the disoriented evil emperor headed south with his three witches in tow, looking to seek refuge and friendship while capturing weak souls in East Flatbush in the yard of CASYM Steel Orchestra. Rumors have it that earlier that day one of the witches almost fainted and another came down with a serious case of diarrhea after hearing that there was a possibility that the Pan folks would boycott Panorama if monies owed to them by the Evil Empire were not paid in full. Witch number three, fearing that all was lost. pulled out her mirror (smartphone) and asked “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the ugliest of them all?” The ‘dark side’ mirror promptly responded “You are.”
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Web Posted - Sunday 10 September, 2017
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Despers USA - ‘Buss Head’ - New York Panorama 2017 - Pan Yard Recording - Audio

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New York, USA - In the 2017 Summer of total disrespect of NY Pan, the Evil Empire struck hard and fast with a slap to the head called “No Pay from 2016” and then followed with a sneak attack kick to the balls called “No-Respect-O-Rama.”

But unknowing to those old devils - in response, the great noble steel orchestras of Brooklyn - pissed off, inspired and backed by the ancestors and always walking with the Gods came out swinging with an extremely potent barrage of high quality Brooklyn pan music to kerfuffle the Emperor and his cohorts, the three nasty witches named - Ugly, Uglier, and Ugliest.
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Web Posted - Thursday 7 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

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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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Web Posted - Friday 1 September, 2017
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Pan Trinbago receives Players’ Remittance Cheques

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.  - Pan Trinbago Inc. has received the Players’ Remittance Cheques.

According to Keith Diaz, President, Pan Trinbago collected the cheques earlier today, September 1, from the National Carnival Commission (NCC).

He said that the cheques will be given to the Regional Chairmen for distribution to the various steelbands on Monday 4th September 2017.

Steelbands can collect the cheques at their respective Regional offices in Trinidad & Tobago during business hours.

These monies represent outstanding payment to steelpan players from the National Panorama Competitions earlier this year.
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Web Posted - Thursday 31 August, 2017

Crown Heights Woman Arrested While Waging Noise Complaint War On Pre-Carnival Festivities
 Reilly outside of a Despers rehearsal on Saturday night.

New York, USA - Two Crown Heights venues where locals practice and prepare for J'Ouvert and other West Indian American Day Carnival activities say they are being unfairly targeted and surveilled by a neighbor who regularly calls in 311 complaints and takes photos and video of them with her iPad.

The woman, 63-year-old Crown Heights resident Kathleen Reilly, told Gothamist that she is on a mission to curtail rehearsals for Despers USA, a steel orchestra that rents the lot on the corner of Classon Avenue and Pacific Street in preparation for Saturday's annual steelpan championship outside the Brooklyn Museum. Reilly has also called in numerous noise complaints to Pacific Gardens, an outdoor venue at 1067 Pacific Street, across from the Despers practice lot. The seasonal Trinidadian venue has been open for three summers and is home-base for Pagwah Mas, one of the largest mas (short for "masquerade") bands in J'ouvert.

Reilly, who lives two blocks from Despers and Pacific Gardens on Bergen Street, and has lived in Crown Heights for eight years, also frequently surveils Berg'n, a food hall and event space on her street near Franklin Avenue.

"It sounds like the same song," she said in a recent phone interview, referring to the Despers rehearsals. "It's extremely loud, and it's not what I want to sit in my house and listen to."
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Web Posted - Thursday 31 August, 2017
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Super Supernovas

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Surrey Village, Lopinot-based steelband, Supernovas Steel Orchestra woke up Ariapita Avenue in the wee hours of Sunday morning, after unleashing a highly energetic and spirited performance, at Pan on d’Avenue VI, hosted by the Woodbrook/St James Community Association.

Founded by Amrit Samaroo, son of legendary arranger Jit Samaroo, led the band from the rhythm section and gave the crowd a wonderful version of the Beatles’ Yesterday, then raised the tempo to the highest of heights for Maestro’s Fiery and Gold, and kept the momentum going with Technically (Farmer Nappy/Destra Garcia).

The band was followed by a large crowd after it moved off from the central playing point.
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Web Posted - Saturday 26 August, 2017
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Ebony Steelband Cops 22nd Title as UK Panorama Champs - 2017 UK Panorama Results

British FlagLondon, United Kingdom - The hugely-popular and community-supported annual UK Panorama played out successfully on August 26th to the delight of pan music lovers.

....Defending champs Ebony Steelband, ninety-players strong, returned to the winner’s spot for the third year running, with arranger Duvone Stewart accomplishing the ‘hat-trick’ feat for the first time in the UK. For Ebony, it made for its 22nd (twenty-second) national title. The Ebony Steelband music organization has now triumphed in both the UK Panorama and the Junior National competition this season, as the Ebony Juniors copped the Junior Panorama title less than two weeks ago.
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Web Posted - Saturday 26 August, 2017
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Steelband documentaries debut at this year’s T&T Film Festival
The movie Birdsong follows Mia Gourmandy, the first woman to arrange for the Bidsong Steel Orchestra at Panorama.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Three documentaries about steelbands will make their debut at this year’s T&T Film Festival, which takes place from September 19-26 at MovieTowne Port-of-Spain, San Fernando and Tobago, as well as the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine.

James O’Connor’s film To Be A Renegade, captures the story of the BP Renegades through an examination of the violent beginnings of pan, the era of change, and its present state as a positive influence on communities, with steelbands now travelling abroad as international ambassadors. Featuring players, founding members and supporters, the documentary funded by BP Trinidad and Tobago, seeks to show what it really means to be a Renegade. As part of its support for the film, BPTT is sponsoring a free screening of To Be A Renegade on September 22 at 8.30 p.m., at MovieTowne Port of Spain. Tickets will be available from the box office on a first-come-first-served basis, at the start of the Festival.
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Web Posted - Friday 25 August, 2017
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New York 2017 Panorama Steel Orchestras - Bands, Tunes, Arrangers - Order of Appearance

New York, USA - When Steel Talks’ ‘quick chart’ - a guide to the participants in the 2017 New York Steel Orchestra Panorama competition.  Find here the order of appearance, bios, meet the arrangers, hear the tunes of choice, learn about the bands, tuners and more.
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Web Posted - Thursday 24 August, 2017
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New York Steelband Pan Yards - 2017

New York, USA - A listing of addresses of the Pan Yard locations of New York Steel Orchestras, along with contact information, of those participating in the 2017 New York Panorama competition on Saturday September 2.

Web Posted - Thursday 24 August, 2017
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Ebony Steelband retains their UK Junior Steelband Panorama Champions title in 2017

British FlagLondon, United Kingdom  - Kensington Memorial Park, St Marks Road, London, W10 was transformed into a mini Carnival Village on Monday the 14th August 2017 to accommodate the annual CAPCA/BAS Carnival and Junior Panorama competition.
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Web Posted - Wednesday 23 August, 2017
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New York Pan Suffers A Concussion And A ‘Buss Head’ But Panorama Is On - Dey Jammin’ Still...

This is the Art Work for the 2017 Soca tune “Buss Head.”  The tune is supposed to be featured in the Panorama, but it looks like the “Buss Head” has already begun

New York, USA - “A kick to the stomach, a slap to the face, and down goes New York Pan without so much as a whimper. Once again they have suffered a humiliating thumping and royal ass-whupping with the world watching.”

It has come to the attention of When Steel Talks (WST) that the management of the New York Steelband community has agreed to participate in the 2017 Panorama competition without being fully paid their 2016 prize money. Instead, a very paltry portion of the money owed has been “promised.”

Further more, NO discussion of the timetable for payment for their 2017 prizes has taken place. In addition there has been no talk of monetary compensation for the delay in payment for 2016; no talk of reimbursement for the monetary loss in interest, had that money been in the account of the steel orchestras.
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Web Posted - Monday 21 August, 2017
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New York Steel Orchestras to WIADCA - Pay Up In Full, Or No 2017 Panorama

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New York, USA - While WIADCA (West Indian American Day Carnival Association) continues to live large, the New York Pan community struggles for survival. The long, abusive relationship between New York Pan and WIADCA (the Panorama organizers) - has come to a head. The New Pan community is seeing red, and they’ve got Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” on repeat.

Enough is enough. New York Steel Orchestras have finally, it seems, decided to stand up for themselves - at least at the time of this piece. Ten steel orchestras participated in the 2016 steelband Panorama organized and hosted by W.I.A.D.C.A. (West Indian American Day Carnival Association). The three top-placing bands: the champions D’Radoes, Pan Evolution and CrossFire have only been given half of their respective prize monies, but never received the second portion. The prize amounts were USD $20,000.00, $15,000.00 and $10,000.00, respectively.
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Web Posted - Monday 21 August, 2017
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Benefit Concert for Ursula Tudor of Desperadoes Steel Orchestra

Desperadoes Steel Orchestra's Ursula Tudor benefit concert flyer

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.  - World-renowned and eleven-time large band Panorama Champion, Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, will hold a benefit concert in honor of its long-standing and revered member, Ursula Tudor.

The event will be held on Sunday August 27, 2017 at WITCO Sports Club Grounds, Champ Fleurs from 12 noon to 9:00 p.m.

The main objective of the concert is to assist Ms. Ursula Tudor with medical expenses associated with injuries that were sustained in a recent vehicular accident. The injuries were severe enough to have required surgery.
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Web Posted - Saturday 19 August, 2017
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Grenada Drops Steelband Panorama Ball - Organizers Not Ready For Prime Time

Flag of GrenadaSt. George’s, Grenada, W.I. - It is said that you can judge a society by how it treats its young, its elders and its culture… In one fell swoop, Grenada disrespected and threw much shade on all three of these factors. And the Pan season in Grenada came to an abrupt halt when hundreds of musicians turned up to perform and found there was no stage built, so after weeks of preparation, their competition was cancelled.

Spicemas Corporation, the entity overseeing for staging Panorama, is led by Kirk Seetahal. Seetahal and members of his board tasked with the responsibility for Grenada’s Panorama must step down immediately. His incompetence or outright display of contempt for Grenada’s Pan culture over the past three years is obvious, well-documented and needs no further comment.
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Web Posted - Thursday 17 August, 2017
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United Kingdom Steelband 2017 Panorama Line-up

British FlagUnited Kingdom.  - UK Panorama Championships 2017  Hosted by British Association of Steelbands - BAS scheduled for Saturday 26th August at the National Stadium. Eight steel orchestras will participate.
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Web Posted - Wednesday 16 August, 2017
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Steelpan Photo Exhibit goes to South Trinidad

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C. will be taking its Steelpan Photographic Exhibition to San Fernando as the organization continues to celebrate Pan Month.

After a successful run in Port of Spain, it will the southern city’s turn to host the event. This takes place on Friday 18 August at the Harris Promenade, San Fernando, between the hours of 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

The display is one of the activities in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Steelpan as the National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago.
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Web Posted - Monday 14 August, 2017
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Message to the Grenada Pan Community From Government - Promises a Comprehensive Probe

Flag of GrenadaSt. George’s, Grenada, W.I.  - The Government of Grenada will launch an investigation into the circumstances which led to the postponement of the National Panorama Championship scheduled for Saturday 12th August at the National Stadium.

The government is extremely concerned about the fact that Panorama did not take place as planned and pan lovers, as well as pan players, including the large number of young people, were deprived of an opportunity to participate in this rich annual cultural tradition.

The government expresses solidarity with pan lovers and everyone in general following the last-minute postponement of this important aspect of our carnival and culture.
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Web Posted - Monday August 14, 2017
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Resignation of Kirk Seetahal?

St. George’s, Grenada, W.I. - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Spicemas Corporation (SMC), Kirk Seetahal has remained tight-lipped about reports circulating in some quarters in the country that he has decided to call it a day after three years on the job.

THE NEW TODAY has received information that the SMC boss tendered his resignation but was asked to hold on until after the end of the Carnival Season.

When contacted Wednesday by this newspaper for comment on the issue, Seetahal did [not] confirm or deny the allegation but was less than forthcoming with information.
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Web Posted - Sunday 13 August, 2017
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Pan on d’Avenue VI Is On! - Steelbands On Parade

Woodbrook-St. James Community Association logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I.  - “On Saturday August 26th 2017, the Woodbrook/St. James Community Association is once again planning to have Pan on d’Avenue along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook. The parade route this year is from Taylor Street heading east to Colville Street. This year’s event will be dedicated to deceased Stephen Derek - Masman, Wire bender and resident of Woodbrook.

...There will be an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Ariapita Avenue just in front Adam-Smith Square. ....Around thirty bands are expected to be ‘on the move’ in the parade, accompanied by traditional mas characters and moko jumbies. It is expected to run until 2:30 a.m.
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Web Posted - Saturday 12 August, 2017
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Gross Disrespect to Steelband Musicians - Bands Boycott Grenada Panorama 2017 - Performance Stage Not Built

“Stage” at Panorama competition time (Grenada National Stadium); image by R. Cadet

St. George’s, Grenada, W.I.  - Incredibly, what was expected to be the annual Grenada National Panorama competition, a musical showcase with hundreds of musicians at their best - never was. As a result of the lack of a proper stage, facilities, and overall venue preparation - the eight participating Grenada steel orchestras have just voted to boycott the 2017 Panorama at an emergency meeting.

This - as the Panorama itself was scheduled and advertised to get underway earlier this evening at 7:00 p.m. EST, Saturday August 12th - two and a half hours ago. So, at showtime, the bands REFUSED to mount, and perform on, a stage that was incomplete and not ready for the steel orchestras.

....One could just imagine how palpable the disappointment—putting it mildly—of the pan players is. The many, many nights spent practicing with the exhilaration and expectancy from all the musicians, but especially the pre-teens and teenagers - all for naught. Unless you are someone who has practiced and geared up for Panorama, you cannot begin to imagine how this fiasco resulting in no Panorama, has affected them, especially.
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Web Posted - Saturday 12, August, 2017
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Unsung Heroes

Unsung Hereos

United Kingdom  - Unsung Heroes pays tribute to the people who contribute for love of culture. Inspired by, the fact that we have been guilty of celebrating achievement after people have died. Therefore, it is an attempt to change our mindset collectively, to recognise and to celebrate each other. This original composition celebrates some people who are beacons of culture, hope, activism, creativity and community.
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2017 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama Review - the Good, Bad and Ugly

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Panorama season—and by extension the Carnival season—was a tumultuous one that was overflowing with enough drama, intrigue, passion and controversy to field a season of Scandal, Empire or Game of Thrones. But in the end there was the music. An abundance of great music created by the finest arrangers, and outstanding performances delivered by the best steel orchestras in the world.

Two songs captured the imagination of Trinidad and Tobago for this 2017 Panorama and Carnival season - “Full Extreme” by Ultimate Rejects and “Good Morning” by Peter Ram. In fact, “Good Morning” became sort of the de-facto “test piece” as no other tune of choice has endeared itself to the steel orchestras as much in recent times. However, on closer inspection Bunji Garlin & Machel Montano’s “Buss Head” or Crazy’s “Gee Gee Ree” would be apropos to telling the complete Panorama season’s story.
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Early Trinidad and Tobago Steelbands Names Associated with Hollywood Movies


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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 Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - 2017 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - At a glance and on a single page, access the comprehensive summary of results for the Small, Medium and Large conventional steel orchestras participating in their respective categories in the 2017 Panorama.

Follow the musical journey of respective bands through all three phases - preliminaries, semi-finals and finals through data on band info, scores, tunes of choice and arrangers.
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 Tunes of Choice - Trinidad & Tobago Steelband Panorama 2017

Tunes of Choice for Steelband Panorama 2017

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A unique playlist featuring only the music selected as Tunes of Choice for the Trinidad and Tobago 2017 Steelband Panorama and Carnival.
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Champion Panorama Tunes of Trinidad and Tobago

Panorama Champion TunesGlobal - A critical component to winning any panorama competition is the song the orchestras choose to use as the basis of their panorama arrangements. Over the years these songs have inspired classic panorama arrangements. When Steel Talks invites you to take a look at and listen to, these famed tunes which have played more than just a cursory part in the history of Pan, and the lives of the players and fans.
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