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Web Posted - Wednesday August 15, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

‘Only way to save pan’
Tobago support for NCC control of Pan Trinbago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Tobago’s pan fraternity are in support of a move by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) to take control of Pan Trinbago’s operations for the next three years, with a memorandum of understanding signed on August 7 by representatives from the two entities.

Marie Toby, Chairman of Pan Trinbago, Tobago Region, described the move as the only way to save the pan fraternity.

“We have asked members of the executive to do the honourable thing and step down because we recognised they cannot manage. This is the position we have to be in and as a matter of fact, Tobago Region was the first region to send in a motion proposing this change,” she said.
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Web Posted - Saturday August 11, 2018
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Marimba and Steel Pan bands rock Komani
Steelband in Komani, South Africa

Komani, South Africa - Let’s Play: The Marimba and Steelpan band festival, hosted by Queen’s College Junior on Thursday evening, was a roaring success. Bands that performed were from Theodore Herzl and Lawson Brown High Schools, both from Port Elizabeth, Kingsridge Girls’ School from King William’s Town and both Queen’s College Senior and Queen’s College Junior. Read all about it in The Rep on Friday.
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 8, 2018
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An Open Letter to the Steelpan Fraternity - re: ‘NCC Takeover’

Michael L. Joseph - PRO of Pan TrinbagoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The president of Pan Trinbago has been displaying a type of behavior for quite sometime, that is bordering on dementia, and that is taking the organization to the brink of extinction, where all true panists must stand up now to save and protect our hard earn gains. Sydney Gallop did not ride all over the land, for this president and his non-elected sidekick to now sellout the organization and its intellectual property, so they can continue to line their pockets or guarantee ‘eat ah food.’

The ‘gypsy’ was brought in as chairman of the NCC (National Carnival Commission) to do a special job, and that is to bring the Special Interest Groups to their knees, and make them impotent on the NCC board.
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 8, 2018
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Pan Trinbago Sets the Record Straight - Responds to ‘NCC Takeover’

Pan Trinbago logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago Inc. is very concerned about the fake news and misinformation which have been circulating in social media, print and electronic media.

The National Carnival Commission (NCC) has not in any form taken over the running of Pan Trinbago.

The President and Treasurer, Messrs. Keith Diaz and Andrew Salvador, are signatories to Memorandum of Agreement which speaks to the funding of Pan Trinbago’s operations, events and development programs.
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 8, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Panmen upset as NCC takes control of Pan Trinbago

NCC Chairman Winston “Gypsy” PetersTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan men were yesterday expressing anger at the decision by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) to take control of Pan Trinbago’s operations for the next three years.

A memorandum of understanding was signed on Tuesday evening between the NCC which is headed by chairman Winston Gypsy Peters and president of Pan Trinbago Keith Diaz and treasurer Andrew Salvador. Pan Trinbago’s secretary Richard Forteau allegedly refused to affix his signature in opposition to the documents.

Pan men told Newsday that terms of the deal will reportedly see the NCC cover outstanding debts for Panorama 2018 and call the shots for the staging of the National Panorama Competition in every category going forward. Further, the state agency will also be responsible for the monthly payment of staff. It is alleged that staff has not been paid for five months.
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Web Posted - Sunday August 5, 2018
NY Daily News

Carnival association president William Howard — organizer of Labor Day’s New York Caribbean Carnival Parade — dies at 75

William Howard, left

New York, USA - William (Bill) Howard [leftmost in picture], president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association [W.I.A.D.C.A.] that presents Brooklyn's massive New York Caribbean Carnival Parade on Labor Day, died Sunday morning in his Brooklyn home. He was 75.

....William Howard Jr., the late leader's son, said he was told by the coroner’s office that his father died in his sleep of natural causes.
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Web Posted - Friday August 3, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Pan scores at Fire Festival

Havana, Cuba - Santiago de Cuba is regarded as the cultural capital of Cuba, and just recently has deepened its mix of “frenetic, passionate and noisy beauty” with the pan.

“They love the pan,” declared pan aficionado, pioneer and arranger Merlin “Mutt” Gill, who was in Cuba for the annual Fiesta del Fuego (Fire Festival) last month.

He also donated two tenor pans to an ensemble comprising players between the ages of seven and 13, and some adults.

“My heart went out to them when I heard them play,” Gill told Newsday. “They love the pan, they love music. I will make the band a very big one. I also promised them a tuner and I am willing to pay for someone to go to Cuba and tune their pans.”
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 1, 2018
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Global - He was the blueprint for successful steelband leadership. George Goddard, one of the early leaders of the Steelbands Association, was awarded the Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Gold posthumously for his contribution to the development of the steelband. In an exclusive 1982 interview with producer, journalist, author and noted on-air broadcaster Von Martin -  Pan leader and former Steelbands Association president George Goddard spoke on his involvement, memories and expectations in the steelband movement of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 1, 2018
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An Open Address to Steelpan People Everywhere

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....I am quite perturbed at the way our Steelpan movement is being manipulated and out-maneuvered into submission and into giving up our cultural heritage, without consultation, or even a proper requiem to soothe the hearts of those who will die of grief, and try to settle the spirit of our disturbed ancestors who will no longer find rest while their children lose their groundings.

Presently, we are faced with a very unsettling situation, where the people in society who have for years, outlawed and vilified the practitioners of our indigenous cultural Art form, the Steelpan, by trying to stifle our freedom of expression and kill our spirit of resistance - are now licking their chops with glee, in anticipation of full control of our cultural product in our national carnival festival.
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Web Posted - Monday July 30, 2018
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FIU Investigating Financial Irregularities in Local Steelband

Grenada, W.I. -  A leading and influential figure in the steelband movement is now formally under investigation by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) for alleged financial irregularities.

THE NEW TODAY understands from reliable sources that the person was interviewed on Friday by the FIU based on a formal complaint lodged against him by a steel orchaestra that he had headed for several years.

....Another senior member of the band involved confirmed to this newspaper that a file has been handed over to the FIU and the individual was called in to be questioned on certain financial dealings involving the band’s money.

The file was handed over after several behind the scene manoeuvres to reach a settlement on alleged misappropriation of the band’s funds.

....THE NEW TODAY also understands that both the FIU and Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) might also be called in by government to investigate the use of funds given last year by the Spicemas Corporation (SMC) to build a stage for the holding of the 2017 panorama competition.

Government was forced to set up a two-man Commission of Inquiry after the show was called off at the last minute as the stage was not built.
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Web Posted - Monday July 30, 2018

Study-abroad course dives into engineering unique musical instrument
Sound engineering -- These four electrical and computer engineering majors are currently in Trinidad and Tobago for the study-abroad course "Engineering the Steelpan," with Samantha Carey (center) leading a Laker Takeover on the SUNY Oswego Instagram channel

Oswego, New York, USA - Four students are currently in Trinidad and Tobago designing prototypes for the Caribbean country's national musical instrument in the new course "Engineering the Steelpan," taught by electrical and computer engineering faculty member Marianne Hromalik.

Hromalik, who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, earned a SUNY Chancellor’s Grant for Innovative Study-Abroad Programs for 2017-18 to support creation of the course and to defray costs of the four students traveling. The instrument, which resembles a steel drum, has “a very complex shell” that involves layering to create a distinct sound, Hromalik explained. “There is a lot of folk knowledge about it but not a lot of scientific knowledge.”

The students will work with Hromalik to create a model, a blueprint for building a better steelpan. The initial prototype and testing will be part of a multi-year project, with future classes returning to refine the process.
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Web Posted - Saturday July 28, 2018
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Antigua & Barbuda National Steelband Panorama 2018 - Order of Appearance

St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Nine steel orchestras, including defending champs Hells Gate Steel Orchestra, take the stage one week from now in the country’s annual steelband Panorama competition.

The order of appearance for the August 4 competition has been pulled.  The defending champs who performed last in the 2017 competition, are first up this time around.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 26, 2018
New Hampshire Public Radio

Summer Music Series: Mango Groove Band Leader Crafts Steel Drums in Conway

New Hampshire, USA - “This is the kind of hammers I use to sync the drums, right. So these hook up to an air compressor. I just had the boom-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom, you know, hit it all the way down.”

Rollnick have been playing the instrument since he heard a steel band play at a festival in the 80s. But a steel drum that sounds just right can be hard to find in the U.S. So he found a book on how to build them. How to take 55 gallon barrels and turn them into instruments.

“I was building these drums and they weren't sounding like I wanted them to sound, so my wife Janet said, ‘Well, we should go to Trinidad, where they came from--they originated there--and check them out.’”

....The members of the Mango Groove are all white. Some Trinidadian panists see the instrument spread around the globe as an extension of colonialism, a form of cultural appropriation when a dominant culture adopts parts of a minority culture.

Rollnick says he’s thought about that....
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Web Posted - Thursday July 26, 2018
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Antigua & Barbuda National Panorama Steelband Music Competition
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St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - In one week there will be a rematch of nine steel orchestras in the steelband musical meet-up, known as the annual Antigua & Barbuda National Panorama. On Saturday August 4, 2018 in St. John’s, the title of Panorama champions will be up for grabs once more with East Vibes, Ebonites, Gemonites, Halcyon, Harmonites International, Original, Panache and West Side Symphony steel orchestras all determined to wrest it from Hells Gate who are the reigning champions. They are musically led by champion arranger Khan Cordice.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 26, 2018
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Pan Trinbago Calls Extraordinary General Meeting

Pan Trinbago logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago Inc. will be convening an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Thursday 23rd August 2018 at the Communication Workers Union Hall, 146 Henry Street, Port of Spain, at 5:00 p.m.

Members have been given the mandatory twenty-eight (28) days prior notice of the above meeting called by the President.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 22, 2018 - Long Island

‘Steel Impressions’ family band spotlights Caribbean culture
O.V. Solomon, left, with daughter Tunisia

Long Island, New York, USA - Long Island’s own Steel Impressions Steel Band is putting a spotlight on Caribbean culture through music.

The band says they are the only family steel band on Long Island.

O.V. Solomon came to the U.S. from Guyana and taught each of his children to play at a young age.

"It's very important to continue,” said Solomon. “I love the fact that they have new ideas and modern moves to add to help to keep this instrument alive."

The group plays drums made by O.V.'s brother and they are managed by wife and mother Angela Agard, who hails from St. Lucia.

"This is a family that's doing their best to hold everything together and the way that we do that is through the music through the culture," says Agard.
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Web Posted - Friday July 20, 2018
Herald Live

Good vibes, food and fun in store for KFC Herald fair
Good music and delicious food is on the menu at the KFC Herald Country Fair
Westering High School Steel band members, from left, Jody Koesnel, 18, Bulelwa Pikinini, 17, and Yeshria Pillay, 18, tune up for the KFC Herald Country Fair on August 25.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa -  Good music and delicious food is on the menu at the KFC Herald Country Fair at Holmeleigh Farmyard on Saturday August 25.

The Westering High School steel band, which consists of 12 members from grades 10 to 12, will perform at 2 p.m.

The band’s repertoire consists of old and new music, including Pretty Woman, Bad, Lady Soul and Human, to name but a few.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 19, 2018
Barbados Today

 Steelpan vibes contagious

Barbados, W.I. -  Argentinian reggae artiste Fidel Nadal has fallen in love with the sweet sounds of the steel pan after his first visit to Barbados.

Nadal informed Bajan Vibes that he is considering including the piercing sound of the steel pan in his future works after being exposed to the instrument while participating in last weekend’s pan-filled events, Pan Fusion and Pan Pun De Sand.

“I am looking forward to making a video and a song with the steel pan band. I want to do it because I feel the vibes,” Nadal revealed.

“I have never sung with a steel pan band. I have always worked with regular instruments, bass, guitar, and keyboard but …for me, it is amazing that the steel pan makes the sounds of all the instruments, all the cords,” he added.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 19, 2018

Mannette Festival of Steel Celebrates the steel drum in Morgantown
The 2018 Manette Festival of Steel being held in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

West Virginia, USA -   It's a tropical beat that is recognized all over the world.

The Mannette Festival of Steel being held in Morgantown is exposing the steel pan community to new works of steelband music and providing an opportunity for composers to showcase their works.

"From all different parts of the U.S., we come to collaborate with steel pan arrangers, celebrity arrangers, form all over the world," said Duvone Stewart, Faculty Teacher.

Various performances have been held throughout the week, featuring pan artists from all over the country.

"It's such an infectious instrument....”

....Ellie Mannette, known as the "The father of the modern steel pan instrument" resides in Morgantown. He has been a big part of the evolution of the steel drum.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 17, 2018

Belle Terre Elementary teacher fundraises to expand student steel drum band, sharing her passion for the culture of Trinidad
BTES teacher Ashley Allen needs to raise over $600 to buy two more tenor steel drums for her students
BTES teacher Ashley Allen needs to raise over $600 to buy two more tenor steel drums for her students

Florida, USA -  Belle Terre Elementary School (BTES) is hoping to keep creating the sound of the islands in the land of the Bobcats — the island of Trinidad, to be exact.

BTES sixth-grade teacher Ashley Allen and her husband, Matanzas High School fine arts teacher Jared Allen, have a passion for steel drums, and they’re sharing that passion with their students.

The pair have visited Trinidad, where steel drums originated, about five or six times since March 2014, the most recent being February 2017.

....She is working to secure more than $600 to meet their about $1,000 goal on to be able to purchase two new tenor steel drums for the BTES Bobcat Steel, a steel drum after-school club started at Belle Terre this past spring.
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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

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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