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Pamageddon

PANMAGEDDON

I am writing you this letter in appreciation of the hard work and dedication that the people of Trinidad and Tobago have put into the development of our national instrument. I have mentioned to Mr. Lashley our High Commission in Toronto about organizing an all steelband event on August 31 2012 to commemorate our 50th year of independence by performing the National Anthem of Trinidad and Tobago as a tribute to our Cultural Heritage and our gift to the World. The Steelpan…

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Added by Hameed Shaqq on February 8, 2009 at 5:30pm — 16 Comments

Panorama Time is Bradley Time - The Great One Examined

Global - He was simply the world's greatest steelpan music arranger. Moreover, he was the one the titans of pan bowed to. This was his stage, his arena, his moment. This was his time. Panorama was "Bradley Time." Master arranger Clive Bradley, more so than any other, shaped and elevated the music and theatre of the panorama as we know it.



We revisit a musical examination of some of the Master's works by one of the most respected and gifted music talents out of the Caribbean. Frankie… Continue

Added by Pan Times on February 2, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Solo Pan Player with Tracks Needed

New Caribbean Restaurant opening in Wayne, New Jersey on February 23rd. They will be having live music starting in mid-April. Solo pan players with backing tracks are needed through the fall. Great gig, high profile, consistent, super environment. If you are interested or know someone that does Caribbean repertoire, be it a pan player, keyboardist or guitarist; have them contact me @ 407.446.8787 or email me at zlatz@earthlink.net.

Added by King James on February 1, 2009 at 10:01am — No Comments

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 …

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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

CSI – overcoming the barriers with steelband music!

United Kingdom - Brent Holder, World Champion Soloist, formed the Caribbean Steel International steelband in 2004, after obtaining invaluable experience from working with some of the top steel bands in the UK, Trinidad and Japan with three members owing to the demand for small gigging bands. After ensuring that their small steel band was well established on the gigging circuit, CSI founding members decided to start a community group which would involve their local communities in the… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on December 31, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Year 2008 In Pan A When Steel Talks Review

2008 was an extremely interesting year for the steelpan music instrument. Our When Steel Talks travels, coverage and stories took our site visitors literally all over the globe. We saw the emergence and coming of age of the youth movement as two young and very talented arrangers (André White and Khan Cordice) - both still in their teens - captured major titles against stiff competition in the New York Panorama and the Antigua & Barbuda Moods of Pan Festival ‘25-A-Side,’… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on December 31, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

History-Making Steelband Arranger André White - In the Spotlight

New York, USA - As 2009 comes into focus, for André White - 2008 has been that ‘year to remember.’ For this young musician who set the steelband world on its ear, life will never be the same. New York steelband panorama veteran arrangers – some previous competition winners themselves - had to respectfully duff their hats to André White in the early hours of Sunday September 1 - when his arrangement of Amrit Samaroo’s Heat as executed by his band, Long Island’s one hundred-strong ADLIB… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on December 31, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments

Dudley, Steelpan Innovator, Scores Again



Trinidad, W.I. - Make me another “Voom Box.” Such were the words of Len “Boogsie” Sharpe when he realized the effect and potential of the new invention from UK-based inventor, Dudley Dickson, when the instrument which houses the Sonic Bass, was tested with National Panorama Champions, Phase II Pan Groove at C2K8 (Carnival 2008).

The acoustic Voom Box is made of plywood and is somewhat like a speaker box since it amplifies the sound of the pan, in this case the seven-bass.… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on December 28, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

BAS FDF Calypsteel Winter Lime



United Kingdom - The British Association of Steelbands Future Development Forum (BAS FDF) hosted their “Calypsteel Winter Lime” on Sunday 21 December 2008 at Carnival Village Yaa Asantewaa, 1 Chippenham Mews, London W9. It is a new initiative developed by FDF, in partnership with Carnival Village and the Association of British Calypsonians, and the intention was to bring together pan, calypso and parang to celebrate the festive season in true Trini style. Steel bands and… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on December 28, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Khan Cordice in the Spotlight



St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Meet Khan Cordice, the eighteen year-old youthful arranger for the National Youth Pan Orchestra of Antigua & Barbuda. As fate would have it, WST conducted an interview one day before Cordice would make history by winning the 25-A-Side competition at the Moods of Pan Festival 2008, beating out other seasoned and previous winning arrangers to do so. click to read… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on December 28, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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