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Web Posted - Friday December 15, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Pan returning to the carnival fete scene

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - In addition to being “a nice way to highlight the steelpan at a different level,” Paninclusive—Pan Lime in D City, presented by Epic Events & Marketing Solutions, is offering a scholarship for a young pan musician to study music at the tertiary level in T&T.

“This year’s recipient will be a member of reigning Panorama champion Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra,” said Joanne Phillips, spokesperson for Epic Events & Marketing Solutions.

....About Paninclusive, Phillips said she believed there was a market for the type of event, “where many pan enthusiasts can enjoy an evening of pan music, in a classy and elegant way, using the same elements of an all-inclusive party, where one can enjoy great ambiance, great food, great drinks and great friends.

....“Our guests can expect the best of pan,” said Phillips. “What we would call pan royalty. We will welcome our guests with the sounds of Caribbean Airlines Invaders, a band that perfects sound, as well as presentation. Guests will then be treated to an on-stage performance by our reigning Panorama champion, Massy Trinidad All Stars; then we will chip home to the music of Angostura Woodbrook Playboyz. Pan will be well-represented at Paninclusive.”
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 12, 2017

Binghamton Steel Drum Band has taught students Caribbean music for 18 years

Joel Smales, director of the Juice Blenders Steel Drum Band at Binghamton High School often chooses not to conduct, but join in with the band.

Binghamton, New York, USA - A couple years after Joel Smales heard Ithaca College's Steel Band, he bought a steel pan of his own to play along with Binghamton High School's Jazz Ensemble.

"Everybody loved it," said Smales, a music teacher at the school. "I got some old drums, and from there, it kind of blossomed and took off."

Soon, Smales secured a grant to purchase a few old steel pans for the school, and the Steel Drum Band was formed in 1999.

At the start, the ensemble had just six members.

The band, now known as The Binghamton High School Juice Blenders Steel Drum Band, currently has about 30 students.
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Web Posted - Monday December 11, 2017
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Jamma - Story in Song on Challenges Faced Promoting the Steelband

Mighty Jamma and Edwin “King Crazy” Ayoung

England, U.K. - “This is a true story about the Mighty Jamma of England, and the trials and tribulations that he went through promoting the Steeldrum from Trinidad and Tobago.”
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Web Posted - Sunday December 10, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Roll Up On It’
sung by Jimmy Chambers

Jimmy Chambers

Global - Born in the Caribbean twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T), Jimmy Chambers traveled to England with great expectations of being a successful singer and has since realised that ambition.

....In 2012 Jimmy Chambers wrote songs for the steelband Panorama – including Underdog, also for J’Ouvert....

For the upcoming [2018] Panorama season Jimmy is back with a musical invitation to Roll Up On It.
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Web Posted - Friday December 8, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Despers moves house again

Members of Desperadoes Steel Orchestra on location at the old Government Printery site at Tragarete Road, Port of Spain, yesterday.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Desperadoes Steel Orchestra is on the move again. On Monday members of the steelband moved onto the former grounds of the Government Printery at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Tragarete Road, Port of Spain.

The band’s assistant manager Martin Caine said, “We moved in on Monday morning to inspect the grounds before we started cleaning. Most of the pan racks are already on location on a paved area on the eastern end. It will take some doing to get the site ready, but we will be going all out.”

Caine said since the band left Frederick Street earlier this year, it had been at Jerningham Avenue in Belmont, on the grounds of the former Ideal High School.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 7, 2017
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Luckystickz is more than just ‘that steel pan guy’

Steelpan virtuoso Dejehan Hamilton performs under the name LuckystickzOntario, Canada - Dejehan Hamilton broke new ground five years ago by becoming one of the first students at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music to claim the steel pan as his principal instrument.

Now, Hamilton — born and raised in the north end of the city that shares his name — is breaking new ground by mixing his virtuosity on the chrome-plated Caribbean drum with his love for contemporary R&B.

After graduating in 2016 with a four-year degree from Berklee, Hamilton returned home, performing his unique blend of soul, Soca, R&B and reggae under the stage name Luckystickz.

At first, he worried that he'd become known as "that steel pan guy" instead of a contemporary pop artist. But Hamilton soon learned to embrace the quirkiness of his chosen instrument.

"I wanted to be my own guy, an artist who happens to play steel pan," Hamilton, 24, says between mouthfuls of chocolate cake and sips on a mango/orange drink at the Mulberry Café on James Street North.
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Web Posted - Tuesday November 28, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Mad Man’
sung by Marlon Abner

Marlon Abner

Global - Born and raised in California, Trinidad, Marlon Abner is a career panist and vocalist based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

....His career in pan started in 1987 when he played for Antillean All Stars. He then joined Fonclaire Steel Orchestra where he played for most of his Panorama years as a double second player.

....This track, ‘Mad Man,’ was written and sung by Abner for the 2018 Panorama season.
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Web Posted - Sunday November 27, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
sung by Vanessa Alexandra Headley

Vanessa Headley

Global - In 2015 Vanessa Alexandra Headley became the first artist to compose, sing and arrange a Panorama song - ‘Pan In D Galaxy.’ This allowed her band Golden Hands to emerge as finalists in the Small Steel Orchestra category of the National Panorama.

For the 2018 Panorama season Vanessa is back with Trouble, the track featured here, written by Vanessa herself.
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Web Posted - Saturday November 25, 2017
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The Art - Just What the Doctor Ordered - A creative outlet for the Arts, Pan and much more
Pop-Up Art at the 333 Lounge - brainchild of Jamal Roberts

Brooklyn, New York, USA -  It was real cold - well below freezing outside in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on what had been a Fall evening, but inside 333 Lounge the temperature was rising. The Art—an organization that is dedicated to providing new and upcoming artists of all ages, a way to promote their work, their genius and their art—was in the midst of its maiden event. And they did not disappoint.

At the 333 Lounge, artists exhibited different styles and genres of talent across various media (from cupcake layouts to decorated tiles, to fashion) - embracing and showcasing the creative process in a way not normally seen. In addition, there was recognition that art can exhibit itself in many different formats and styles, techniques and fashions - in one forum.
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Web Posted - Wednesday November 22, 2017
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Ayana soars

At left, Ayana Garcia

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - On Thursday, November 9, at just 24 years, Ayana Shallima Garcia, the youngest in her class, Ayana graduated with her Master of Arts in Carnival Studies Degree. Definitely neither nerd or bookworm, Garcia is more aptly defined as an allrounder; a Jenny of all trades. She is also a crackshot pan musician who is also an avid photographer, producer, writer and composer.

....Ayana’s love affair with the steelpan is one that transcends her relatively young age. From as early as the age of three, she was taught the rudiments of the steelpan by none other than her godfather, arranger and composer Robert Greenidge. She had to stand on a box to reach the pan but she persevered. This relationship played a significant role in her future career plans.
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Web Posted - Tuesday November 21, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Asami (This One Is For You)’
sung by Anslem Douglas

Anslem Douglas

Global - Top vocalist Anslem Douglas lends his vocal talents to Asami (This One Is For You), a track written by Eugene Bonaparte Williams aka “Bogene” for the 2018 Panorama season.

For the last Panorama year music lovers were able to enjoy his work on We Are Conquerors and Pan Kingdom.
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Web Posted - Monday November 20, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
sung by “Bogene”

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Global - Eugene Bonaparte Williams aka “Bogene” has a passion for writing songs which goes back to his childhood days. Though his career path was not music-related he never stopped writing songs over the years.

“Bogene” has two songs in consideration for the 2018 Panorama season: this one—Panrific—and ‘Asami (This One Is For You).’ To quote “Bogene,” “It would be a great honor to have a steel band play any of my songs at the Panorama competition.”
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Web Posted - Saturday November 19, 2017
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Song for Panorama 2018
‘Pan On Mars’
sung by Einstein Brown

Einstein Brown

Global - Einstein Brown, born in Trinidad & Tobago - home of the Steelband and Calypso, has emerged as one of the most talented and versatile entertainers in the Steeldrum movement. He started his career in the panyards playing with multiple steelbands such as Laventille Highlanders, Shell Invaders, Phase II and Woodbrook Mordernaires. Einstein has worked with Robert Greenidge, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and Eric Gale.

Einstein embarked on singing, writing and producing. For the 2018 Panorama season, he vocalizes ‘Pan On Mars.’
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Web Posted - Monday November 13, 2017
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Revisited on the 9th Anniversary of his passing - Antiguan & Barbudan Cultural and Steelpan Icon Leroy “Jughead” Gordon

Antigua & Barbuda, WI - There are few - if any - steelpan music greats that can claim that a sitting Prime Minister spoke at their funeral.

On November 13, 2008 Antigua and Barbuda national cultural icon and Harmonites pan player Leroy “Jughead” Gordon made his transition and passed on. And exactly two weeks later on November 27, a defiantly beautiful and sunny afternoon served as the backdrop for the home-going service and celebration of his life.

....When Steel Talks had been in Antigua for the annual Moods of Pan concert. Leroy “Jughead” Gordon was one of the great steelband leaders of our time.
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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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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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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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