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Hate it, Love it, but - you can’t ignore it.  Panorama in Trinidad & Tobago has produced some of the greatest musical moments and pieces of our time. 


When Steel Talks takes a look at 50 Years of Panorama Music, Life & Culture.


Share here, your favorite and greatest Trinbago Panorama moments, the highs and lows, with the global steelpan community...


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 2012 - Crazy - Play Yourself - Trinidad All Stars (winner) - Leon "Smooth" Edwards (arranger)

Everytme I see Trinidad All Stars perform, I become mesmerized over the sister with the purple hair and who is so animated. What is her name? she really make me become home sick especially around this time when the weather is so darn cold. Guidance and Blessings. Dr. Lance Seunarine

i still remember the events of Panorama in 1982.First off, All Stars were hoping to accomplish the Hattrick. In the  Preliminary round Dsperadoes [THE PARTY] did not make it to the semi-finals. An inquiry soon followed...only to learn that one judge had their selection as Boogie Ogie[ A injunction  soon followed based on the tune of choice. Desperadoes eventually won the case..just in time for the Semi- Finals.Somehow, they managed to make the finals. They were greeted with an avalanche of Boos..But After they struck the first set of notes, those boos turned into..well ...sustained applause  throughout their performanceTHEY ENDED IN THIRD PLACE BUT WE KNOW THAT WAS NOT THE CASE., IN A FAIR WORLD!

2013 - Black Stalin - More LovePhase II Pan Groove (winner) - Len "Boogsie" Sharpe (arranger)

There was no "George 'Sonny' Goddard in 2012, as a matter of fact since many moons since my uncle, my mother's brother passed.

50 Years of Panorama yet no one pays tribute or recognizes the only man who arranged in the first Panorama in 1963 and also in 2013.

Ray congratulations and maybe why they don't recognize you is that your music is too far ahead and out of sight.

The Ghost who talks if my memory serves me right  that year the best tourist leggo that passed through the Savannah was Fonclaire's  I don't think they made the finals,and it was my first experience of a south band being robbed

Good morning, Fitzy. I assume that you are referring to comments I made during the radio interview last evening with Ms. Barbara Sealy on HOT 94.7 FM. I did not play on "Tourist Leggo"; I played "Fete" by Blueboy and "The Will" by Scrunter. As for "being robbed"; well, although I had nothing to do with that (I have never been a Panorama judge), I understand that we all have out own aesthetic biases, and a music competition measures something we cannot touch - sound. As such, we use "constructs" in order to attempt to "quantify" what we hear, so that we can convert it into numbers that can be added and scored. So, superlatives like "best" becomes relative; what may be "best" for some, may not be for others. I am not suggesting that my opinion differs, by the way.

As a Merrytones player, I always felt we got "robbed"; that the "big name bands" were always at an advantage, so I am not sure that any alleged judges' biases, had so much to do with "geographics", as they had to do with demographics and politics. Steelband politics. I realized as early as my boyhood, that I would not make a good steelband judge, because when I listened to steelbands, they all used to sound so good to me, that I really couldn't pick a winner. I thought that Merrytones was always one of the more underrated steelbands, and I still do. I just listened to their recording of "The Will", and that music still moves me to this day. Anyway, great Sun Day to you ALL. Ghost.,

2014 - Black Stalin - Jump HighPhase II Pan Groove (winner) - Len "Boogsie" Sharpe (arranger)


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