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odw replied to Pan Times's discussion The minority sport of Carnival
"“In 2009, I expressed concern about the likely failure of Panorama finals as a major spectator event. That failure is now plain. The Grand Stand was not full and patrons in the North Stand were sparse. What else is to be expected if, after a…"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Pan Times's discussion The minority sport of Carnival
"The carnival goose is sick and need medical attention NOW before we get accustom to the tarnish egg.  "
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Time for the steelbands to take back the road... MEDITATION ON THE TRADITIONS- CARNIVAL 2015 - by Rubadiri Victor

"WE HAVE TO BAND THE DJ'S BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE STEELPAN CARNIVAL IS  STEELBAND AND CALYPSO JUST REMEMBER STEELPAN AND CALYPSO IS THE TRUE CULTURE OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO NOT THE DJ."
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Martin Maitland commented on courtney barholomew's blog post Panorama Judging 2015
"The point of this entire thing is no one will ever be happy. I have been to Panorama in London… Same outcome… unhappy pan players…. In Germany… Unhappy pan players… USA… Unhappy pan players.. Boston……"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Pan Times's discussion From Texas with love - pan tuner Emily Lemmerman
"odw, I think Cliff Alexis wife also tune pan, can't remember her name."
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Time for Steelbands to take back the road? Carnival - Trinidad and Tobago http://ow.ly/JMWtP

MEDITATION ON THE TRADITIONS- CARNIVAL 2015 - by Rubadiri Victor

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The death of Carnival Monday... Park Street and Green Corner- once the nucleus of one of the Fertile Crescents of the Mas and People Power on...

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odw replied to Pan Times's discussion From Texas with love - pan tuner Emily Lemmerman
""Though she has played and tuned for pan competitions and concerts throughout the Caribbean, United States, Canada, London and Europe, Panorama at the Savannah remains a unique and special jewel in her professional treasure-chest." Looks…"
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BEDE LOPEZ replied to Pan Times's discussion From Texas with love - pan tuner Emily Lemmerman
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This year's Panorama Finals have been immortalised on CD and DVD. "Pan in Ecstasy… reaching for the stars" is a compilation set of the medium and large conventional bands which competed at the final events. See the article below for more on the discs …

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This year's Panorama Finals have been immortalised on CD and DVD. "Pan in Ecstasy… reaching for the stars" is a compilation set of the medium and large conventional bands which competed at the final events. See the article below for more on the discs and where they can be purchased. http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,207588.html

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Contemplating genius one panyard at a time http://ow.ly/JDMlY

Contemplating genius one panyard at a time

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How can one contemplate genius? How does one recognise that savant quality in gifted musicians? Here in the “Third World” of foreigners' fantasies,...

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Kwame replied to Pan Times's discussion From Texas with love - pan tuner Emily Lemmerman
"Great piece, I enjoyed reading it and particularly notes the comment on competition. I could not say it better. Well done Emily."
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Glenroy R Joseph's discussion was featured

Why I think we should consider moving panorama away from Carnival, return pan to the road, and how it can be done.

I have always maintained that Trinidad's Carnival has suffered in quality as steel-band participation in the carnival parade has diminished. The most visible demonstration of this over the last few years is the fact that while rest of the carnival parade has deteriorated into a semi pornographic display of beads , bikinis and flesh , the only steelband to seriously participate in the parade , Trinidad All Stars. has managed to win Band of The Year honors two years in a row.Because it was the steel-band, and to a lesser extent the calypso, that made Trinidad Carnival unique. This is not to "dis" calypso, but obviously you can party to other music besides calypso . The pan is unique ,and without its participation  the Carnival parade becomes generic, indistinguishable from Rio or New Orleans.The steelband, perhaps more even than the magnificent costumes, was the signature act of the Trinidad Carnival.  But apart from that, steelbands need to take better advantage of the Carnival's high…See More
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Marilyn Roberts commented on courtney barholomew's blog post Panorama Judging 2015
"I agree with the above comment. I am not a musician but credit must be given to the best music arrangement and not by favoritism. Music is  the food of love so lets play on. I appeal to music arrangers to get up and fight for the years that you…"
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#Steelband Panorama Game of Thrones - Good. Bad and Ugly - Trinidad & Tobago Carnival - A Review http://ow.ly/JMWbK

Smooth Sailing at 2015 Panorama Musical Game of Thrones - The Good, Bad...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly - Panorama 2015 - A WST Review- Trinidad and Tobago Steelband Panorama 2015.

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Time for the steelbands to take back the road... MEDITATION ON THE TRADITIONS- CARNIVAL 2015 - by Rubadiri Victor

A sober look at Trinidad Carnival...Charlotte Street and Frederick Street- Port of Spain- the so-called capital of Carnival in the World... DEAD!!! by Rubadiri VictorTime for the steelbands to take back the road...
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The minority sport of Carnival

Started by Pan Times in News. Last reply by odw 18 minutes ago. 2 Replies

By Martin Daly - Trinidad ExpressThe only remarkable thing about Carnival 2015 was the obvious acceleration of its decline into a minority sport with less and less redeeming artistic value and rapidly decreasing audiences.In keeping with the title…Continue

From Texas with love - pan tuner Emily Lemmerman

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by Wesley Gibbings - Trinidad GuardianIt’s brunch on Ariapita Avenue six days before Panorama Finals. The electricity is out and everyone’s late. It’s a warm but breezy morning…Continue

5 lessons Trinidad All Stars has taught us (if we can stop criticizing long enough to listen)

Started by DJ in Steelband Music. Last reply by kentish borde 18 hours ago. 33 Replies

I stopped visiting this forum about a year ago, due to my abject disappointment at the level of ignorance displayed by many members, most of whom should know better. Too many recycled grudges dating back before I was born (and I am in my forties).…Continue

Rules - International Panorama Competition - 8th-9th August 2015

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Trinidad All Stars - Panorama Jams (2006-2012)…Continue

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Panorama Judging 2015

Posted by courtney barholomew on February 27, 2015 at 6:02pm 11 Comments

     

The Pan Movement across the world has gone into orbit but our Panorama is still stuck in the mud. Please know that the reality is our instrument is no longer ours: the pan has taken on a life of its own and is roaming freely, taking root wherever it is appreciated. At this time, our only claim to it is that pan originated in Trinbago. Trinbago as the mecca of pan music is now becoming in jeopardy. If better music is being played elsewhere,…

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Educating and developing Steelpan

Posted by deanne pijl on February 26, 2015 at 8:02am 3 Comments

As I hope you all know, I started a small project on The Cape Verde Island, São Vicente.

First part is done successfully, which was introducing and teaching pan. They never heard, saw or played a steelpan before. I was lucky that Nostalgia Steelband from London, lend me some pans, and took them with me, payed my own ticket to get there, and taught them how to play. 

The goal was to form a small steelband together with the inhabitants of São Vicente and play on their carnival…

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