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Web Posted - Tuesday March 28, 2017
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Meet Malika Green -
Chicago, USA

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Malika Green

Woman symbolChicago, USA - For over 23 years the steelpan instrument has been an essential part of the life of this Fulbright scholar, educator, director, arranger and performer. She is currently a Community Engagement Coordinator, Director of Steel Orchestras, working with CYSO - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Malika Green shares her personal journey and perspective on the global reach and influence of the Steel Pan instrument, its music, and the art form in cultivating an environment for change.
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Meet Kerry-Ann Wright -
Toronto, Canada

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Kerry-Ann Wright

Woman symbolSt. Lucia, W.I. - “...never forget that being a woman, first and foremost, makes us special; and despite contrary belief, we do not have to act like men in order to be respected and gain success in the industry. Do everything with love and authenticity.”

She is an entrepreneur, a craftsman and innovator. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - multi-talented dancer, instructor, designer and musician Kerry-Ann Wright shares her optimism, expectations and views on the Steel Pan music art form in Toronto and more.
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Web Posted - Monday March 27, 2017
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EBO Steel Owls Steel Pan Orchestra Takes Gold in D.C.

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St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - A group of 11 young musicians from St. Thomas, the The EBO Steel Owls steel pan orchestra, captured gold and received highest honors from judges at the WorldStrides OnStage Music Festival, held Friday through Sunday in Washington, D.C.

The group of students from E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary School and Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, were the youngest performers in this year’s competition, competing against high school music groups from around the country, according to a news release from the V.I. Department of Education.
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Web Posted - Sunday March 26, 2017
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Meet Quill Barthelmy -
St. Lucia, W.I.

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Quill Barthelmy

Woman symbolSt. Lucia, W.I. - “...my main role is to be a mentor, a leader, an organiser and a role model for the entire band. I think it’s very important to have women in lead roles, because this encourages girls and young women to express themselves and take on an active role.”

She is one of the main driving forces behind the success of Panorama Champion, Laborie Steelpan. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - mentor, director, manager and musician Quill Barthelmy shares her experiences, expectations and views on Pan in St. Lucia, and the steelpan art form.
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Web Posted - Friday March 24, 2017
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North Stars Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘The North Star’
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Web Posted - Friday March 24, 2017
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Alexander's Ragtime Band (Steelband) of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘Alexander's Ragtime Band’
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Web Posted - Friday March 24, 2017
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Tripoli Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘To The Shores of Tripoli’
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Web Posted - Thursday March 23, 2017
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Austin Community Steelband brings harmony to low-income youths

Texas, USA - A steel drum orchestra relies on each musician’s ability to hit their notes, stay on tempo and put in the effort to create a spectacular experience for audiences. A small school in Austin today is carrying out that same mission to teach young students the art of steel band music and how to work together.

....In 2003, Paula Beaird started the Austin Community Steelband school in East Austin as a way to expose youths from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds to a musical world. The program, however, didn’t really find its rhythm until 2007 when other instructors came aboard from Trinidad and Tobago. The teaching staff at the time included musical directors Yohan Popwell and Leon Edwards as well as Natasha Joseph and Carl Caton.

Beaird, who is the executive director, said her goal is to spark the imagination in young people the same way she was captivated by steel band over thirty years ago.

....Beaird was drawn to the sound of steel drums after listening to them for the first time on a blues album by Taj Mahal. Austin Steelband tries to engage students in a similar way by having them practice with songs they like to listen to.
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 22, 2017
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Meet Hallie Blejewski -
Connecticut, USA

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Woman symbolConnecticut, USA - “When I started college, I knew I wanted to be an ethnomusicologist and study music and culture as a career. I didn’t know what type of music I would specialize in. I was very inspired by my ethnomusicology professor, and he was the one who first suggested that I go to Trinidad. I fell in love with steelband music the first time I heard it. The day I bought my first tenor pan from Gill’s Pan Shop was definitely a turning point.”

She is an intellectual - multi-talented, thoughtful and progressive... In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist, musician, educator, PhD candidate, and performing artist Hallie Blejewski shares her reflections, journey and views on Pan, and the steelpan art form.
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Web Posted - Tuesday March 21, 2017
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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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Web Posted - Sunday March 19, 2017
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Starlift Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘Starlift’
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Web Posted - Sunday March 19, 2017
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Crossfire Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘Crossfire’
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Web Posted - Sunday March 19, 2017
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The Tokyo Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘Destination Tokyo’
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Web Posted - Sunday March 19, 2017
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The Invaders Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago took its name from the movie ‘The Invaders’
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Web Posted - Sunday March 19, 2017
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Early Trinidad and Tobago Steelbands Names Associated with Hollywood Movies

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Web Posted - Saturday March 18, 2017
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Reginald “Reggie” Henry Founding Member of Antigua’s Hells Gate Steel Orchestra, Passes On

Reginald “Reggie” HenryAntigua & Barbuda, W.I. - On Tuesday 7th March 2017, Hells Gate Steel Orchestra member Reginald Henry, who made sterling contributions to the orchestra and the art form in Antigua for over 70 years, passed away.

Reginald Henry, referred to most as “Reggie” or “Uncle Reggie,” was one of the founding members of the Hells Gate Steel Orchestra, the world’s oldest steel orchestra, established 1945, in “The Point,” Antigua, West Indies. Hence, “Reggie” was a pioneer of the Antiguan steelband movement.
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Web Posted - Saturday March 11, 2017
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Pan Trinbago Releases A Post-Panorama 2017 Message

Michael Joseph - Pan TrinbagoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Panorama/Carnival 2017 came and left, in spite of all the shenanigans of different individuals who believe, that this thing through which we find an avenue for our soul expression, is about them. It is not about anyone, and cannot now be defined. All these new intellectuals (new kids on the block) with all the bright ideas of what should or should not be done within the people’s culture, must come to the reality that this is not something that is now happening, and waiting on anyone to be defined. Carnival is an expression of the spirit of a people - We culture, as some would say. When we came, it was, and when we leave, it will be. Intellectuals would swear by it, but the spirit of a people cannot be intellectualized.
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Web Posted - Friday March 3, 2017
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 DVD of Trinidad and Tobago Large and Medium Panorama Finals 2017 Available

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - This year’s exciting steelband performances at the National Panorama Medium & Large Conventional Finals are captured “live” on DVD and Flash Drive.

The 2017 production is a collaborative venture between Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C. and WACK 90.1fm and KMP Music.

Aptly titled “Transformation in Steel,” the products are designed to cater to a wider cross-section of the public.

According to the producer, the Flash Drive is in HD 1080P.
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 1, 2017
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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Desperadoes and PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars are joint winners of the NLCB-sponsored Pan Trinbago Northern Region J’Ouvert Bomb Competition.

The event which was staged at Victoria Square, Port of Spain attracted bands in the Conventional and Single Pan Band categories from 6:00 am on Carnival Monday morning.
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 1, 2017
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 Champs Of Steel Plus 2017 Concert Cancelled

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Champs of Steel Plus will not be staged this year.

The cancellation of the popular Pan Trinbago-produced aprés-carnival event is due to the lack of financial resources.

Pan Trinbago President Keith Diaz, explained that in the past years, funding was in the main sourced from gate receipts from the Panorama events and sponsors.

“This year, the National Carnival Commission (NCC)” he said “has all the money from Panorama.”
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 1, 2017
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 Pan Trinbago Releases Nuts & Bolts of Trinidad and Tobago Large and Medium Panorama Finals 2017 Results

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Elders and Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra have emerged National Panorama Champions in the Medium and Large Conventional Bands categories respectively at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad, last Saturday.

After a highly intoxicating night (Saturday) into wee hours of the next morning (Sunday) of an exquisite musical fare, the two champions were named.
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Web Posted - Wednesday March 1, 2017
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 Panorama Judging 2.0

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - So a few of us on Facebook have been at it with our annual post-panorama discussion, and clearly what seems to be the common thread is judging. Is there a better way? Well I've always felt there are a number of things that can be added or restructured to aid in a more transparent or qualified judging process. Will love to hear what you guys think.

Honestly, maybe the judges are being asked to do too much.
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Web Posted -Monday February 27, 2017
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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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Web Posted - Monday February 27, 2017
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This Is Not Your Ordinary Culture

Trinidad All Stars on the drag before Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - A decent church-going fella, this arranger named Leon Smooth Edwards. Also a tough guy in the panyard. Tough guys don’t dance. But you bet Trinis and pan lovers around the world can’t hold their excitement until Trinidad All Stars (TAS) trots out a slo jam a la Woman on the Bass, the band’s folksy masterpiece. The republic seems to have cornered the future of the confectionary market in a piece of music that lasts eight minutes but, like Woman on the Bass and Curry Tabanca, it could be years before the latest treat turns mouldy. If ever.
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Web Posted - Monday February 27, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

   ANSA McAL backs Success Pan project

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The Cuba-Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Exchange project originated in 2016 when Success Laventille Secondary School, through its Success Stars Pan Sounds accepted an invitation from the Government of Cuba through the Cuban Institute of Music to perform in several musical workshop throughout Cuba.

....The ANSA McAL Group contributed financially to the cultural exchange project between Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago which kicks off on March 5 and is being undertaken by the Success Laventille Secondary School.
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Web Posted -Sunday February 26, 2017
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 Finals Results for Large Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad All Stars are Champions!

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra garnered their tenth Panorama title in the wee hours of the morning of Sunday February 26, beating defending champs Desperadoes Steel Orchestra into second place by three points, with a score of 286. Playing Full Extreme by the Ultimate Rejects, the orchestra snatched the title away from Desperadoes which had played in first position, leading the competition - until Trinidad All Stars delivered their winning presentation.
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Web Posted -Sunday February 26, 2017
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 Finals Results for Medium Conventional Steel Orchestras - Four-In-A-Row for Pan Elders with Arranger Duvone Stewart

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Defending champion in the medium category, Pan Elders Steel Orchestra, retained its title for its fourth consecutive championship. Leading from the preliminary round, the group maintained its lead ahead of the initial field of twenty-eight competitors. Success came through the ongoing collaboration with champion arranger Duvone Stewart. 
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Web Posted -Friday February 24, 2017
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 Finals Results for Small Steel Orchestras - La Horquetta Pan Groove Takes First Place With Arranger Kion Robinson

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - La Horquetta Pan Groove pulled off a major victory playing De Fosto’s ‘In De Minor’ arranged by Kion Robinson. The pan musicians are the new champions in the Small steel orchestra category for their country’s 2017 Panorama season. Winning arranger Kion Robinson has worked with the band since 2011, while the music organization itself is no stranger to winner’s row, having had a five-year reign as Single Pan Band Champions from 2006–2010. They moved up to the small steel orchestra category in 2011 in the then-first-time Panorama collaboration with Robinson.

In winning the title, La Horquetta Pan Groove dethroned 2016 title-defenders Arima Golden Symphony which had to settle for second place. Tying for second were Laventille Serenaders which came second for the second year in a row.
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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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Some of the most important, controversial, thought-provoking and enlightening discussions on the steelpan instrument, music and culture worldwide, have taken place over the years on the When Steel Talks “Message board.”  Considered by many to be a lightening-rod for change in the steelpan music community, the WST message board  has provided a means unlike any for steelpan enthusiasts to share information and communicate ideas.

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