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January 2009 Blog Posts (11)

GREETINGS! JACK WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND HIS CONDOLENCES TO THE SHARPE FAMILY. HE SAYS "THE GOOD ONES LEAVE TOO SOON. I'VE KNOWN THESE GUYS FOREVER AND THEY ARE ALL PERFECT. CAN'T SAY NOTHIN' BAD ABOUT …

GREETINGS!



JACK WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND HIS CONDOLENCES TO THE SHARPE FAMILY. HE SAYS "THE GOOD ONES LEAVE TOO SOON. I'VE KNOWN THESE GUYS FOREVER AND THEY ARE ALL PERFECT. CAN'T SAY NOTHIN' BAD ABOUT PAN FOLKS. I DIDN'T SAY MUCH BEFORE BECAUSE I FIGURED SHIRLEEN WOULD TAKE CARE OF THAT, BUT I HAD TO SAY A LITTLE SOMETHIN' TODAY. I MAY NOT SAY MUCH, BUT I WILL BE THERE TONIGH FOR SURE."



SO I SAY ALONG WITH JACK, " GOD BLESS, AND PEACE TO YOU AND YOUR… Continue

Added by EMMANUEL 'COBO JACK' RILEY on January 31, 2009 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Traditional Stories, Folktales and lifetales

There has to be something for those of us who love steel pan and can't play and want to do more than be a groupie - maybe you can help a sister out committed to the promotion of the steel art.



I am starting a storytelling circle and would like to include traditional stories/folktales. Really interested in stories that include steelpan/carnival culture. Happy to receive an outline that we can work with or better still any anecdotes from life tale/ experiences of steel pan… Continue

Added by Carole on January 28, 2009 at 2:33am — 1 Comment

Need to see more small bands

Hi all,

I've been playing pan in Toronto, ON, Canada for 10 years now. I'll be honest: i don't like big bands for the most part. The arrangements seem like complexity for complexity's sake. Don't get me wrong, I like when they play good music, but I find that the competition of it all compromises the music.

Look, I love hearing big bands live when they have a melody that has a direction to it. I respect the heritage behind the big bands.

MJ

Added by Michael Jagdeo - 168.4 on January 27, 2009 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

G Pan

Anyone who has played one of the new G pans, please give us some information on them - what do you think - how does the sound compare to a standard pan - please tell us where you played the pan.

Added by Keith K2 Kropf on January 24, 2009 at 8:43pm — No Comments

new generation branches steel orchestra

New generation branches steel orchestra the number one steelband in orlando currently captained by lisa Charles and Roy Belfast celebrated their first pan yard ramajay in december which featured players like Michael Kernahan,Junior Harris ,Marvin Burnett,Jerrel Baptiste, Carl Sampson,&Jackie Young This steelband has been in existance for over twenty years and has performed for many engagements in the florida area including the opening of the Amaway arena, the amazing kids parade, Martin… Continue

Added by st clair balthazar on January 17, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Caribbean Airlines Invaders Steel Orchestra Goes with “Caribbean Woman”

Trinidad, W.I. - For the first time in their storied history, Caribbean Airlines Invaders Steel Orchestra will perform their very own original composition as their tune of choice, for the Trinidad and Tobago national steelband music panorama competition.



The steel orchestra’s 2009 offering, entitled “Caribbean Woman” was penned by famed composer, arranger, and performer Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. Vocalist Anselm Douglas does double-duty as lyricist for Caribbean Woman. Kenny… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on January 14, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Global - Bright, articulate, immensely talented, intellectual, down-to-earth and forthright are all words that can be aptly applied in the description of this young man. He is a music educator and a …

Global - Bright, articulate, immensely talented, intellectual, down-to-earth and forthright are all words that can be aptly applied in the description of this young man. He is a music educator and a much sought-after music lecturer and adjudicator of steelpan and other music-related competitions. He has been involved with the steel pan instrument for over twenty-six years and hails originally from southern Trinidad.

Meet Victor Prescod, project coordinator of the “Pan in the… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on January 11, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Memorable Moments in MOP’s Five-A-Side Steelband Competition

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - The ‘Five-A-Side’ competition - a favorite element of the annual Moods of Pan (MOP) steelband festival - did not field in 2008 the plethora of participants as in the past. But the crowd on hand (pictured) undeniably had a very full evening of great music and overall entertainment dished out not only by the eventual two Five-A-Side competitors, Musical Youth and Golden Hands, but also the invited artistes.



Moods of Pan is hosted by one of… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on January 8, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Barbara Mason, Steelband Coordinator of Antigua and Barbuda - In the Spotlight

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Barbara Mason is the Steel Band Coordinator in the Cultural Development Division in Antigua and Barbuda. She is tremendously committed to the progress of youth talent arts. When Steel Talks conducted an exclusive interview with this cultural officer who is instrumental in the phenomenon of Antigua and Barbuda’s Youth Pan Orchestra as one of the best in the region.



As a cultural officer: “what we try to do is scout for talent in the various… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on January 8, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Pan Fan Extremely Disappointed with Pan Trinbago's 2009 Steelband Panorama Changes

This year's music festival was the limit of my disappointment with the management, creativity and initiative of Pan Trinbago. having recently learnt about the new arrangements for this year's activities only deepened my disillusionment with this body. why separate the finals and alienate the medium bands? what is the organization saying? that only the large bands are worthy of the final night accolades on carnival Saturday? is that because the "big wigs" have vested interests which they need to… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on January 6, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer Speaks on Pan and Its Importance to the Caribbean Region

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - While When Steel Talks was visiting the panyards on our recent trip to Antigua we caught up with the country’s Prime Minister, the Honourable Baldwin Spencer who was in Halcyon Steel Orchestra’s panyard taking in a practice section for the 2008 Moods of Pan Festival. We posed three questions to the Prime Minister which he very graciously answered.



“...as leaders and so on, we ought to be identifying with the art form and to give it as much… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on January 5, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

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