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,…Continue
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…Continue
Darryl Joseph's dispassionate account on why All Stars won in 2015 was spot on. What he did not mention in his article was the dedication of the Drill master and his drive for excellence. Additionally, the band had experts in the field who listened to the practice sessions and provided feed back to the Arranger and Drill master.
Also, the band is blessed with an arranger who is humble enough to willingly accept feed back and to adjust his arrangement…Continue
How can one contemplate genius? How does one recognise that savant quality in gifted musicians? Here in the “Third World” of foreigners' fantasies, the reputations of communities have been placed on the shoulders of political giants, on the shoulders of criminals, on the shoulders of cricket captains and steelpan arrangers. For this Carnival 2015, I ventured to gather that magic of the urban panyard as a locus for creativity, for communality, for a congregation of the curious at the…Continue
Congratulations to all the Steel Orchestras (Large Medium Small Single) Players, Arrangers,Helpers ETC for making Panorama 2015 a successful one.
"Congratulations Trinidad All Stars well done keep on reaching for the Stars
On a lighter note all Arrangers have that special arranging style and sound that they are known for we can go right back to the days of Bertie Marshall, Neville Jules Clive Bradley Jit Samaroo Ray Holman right up to the Present day Boogsie Smooth Professor…Continue
Added by colin phillips on February 21, 2015 at 4:40pm — No Comments
Can any one of My Pan Brothers or Sisters Come up with a Solution that would make Panorama Finals a Five Hour Show instead of a Nine Hour Show. Panorama Finishing after 4.00am is Beyond Ridiculous.
Added by VALENTINE YOUNG on February 15, 2015 at 3:28am — No Comments
I'm taking this opportunity to say a hearty and public Thank You to my band Merry Tones for at last having the confidence to trust me as arranger for 2015. It was indeed a tough task given the shortness of the season and the few negative influences, which ultimately cost us a place in the Semis. Had we been a stronger force in numbers and talent I'm certain we would have placed higher that 15th. But…Continue
Added by VALENTINE YOUNG on February 1, 2015 at 10:10pm — No Comments