St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - All nine bands were set for the country’s August 4th steelband showcase, officially designated the “Antigua Commercial Bank George “Nugget” Joseph Panorama Competition.”
....With hours of steel excellence expected, the field of the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) aka Carnival City - was quite well populated with steelband music lovers even before the first notes were struck, and the crowd swelled even more into the night.
Title defender Halcyon was denied its fourteenth title, dethroned by Hells Gate Steel Orchestra which snagged its nineteenth National Panorama Championship in 2017.
....Hells Gate arranger Khan “KC” Cordice simply killed it on this night. He again reaffirmed why he is one of the première young steel orchestra arrangers in the world. For those of us who have followed Khan from the time he was a very promising youth almost ten years ago, it is no longer about potential. It is now about delivering the goods on that promise. He has—time and time again (this is his sixth National Panorama championship title)—and then some.