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Southern dreams with a Northern attitude - The Three Amigos from the Big Apple Head to the Panorama Finals with Skiffle Steel Orchestra


Skiffle Arrangers - Panorama 2016
Marc Brooks, Kendall Williams, Odie Franklin @ Skiffle Steel Orchestra’s panyard --
photo by Elroy “Panjumbie” Primus

One thing is for certain this year at the 2016 Panorama Finals in Trinidad and Tobago; after Skiffle performs the structural integrity of the big stage and the North Stands will have to be checked. No doubt this big band from south, will have the Queen’s Park Savannah rocking on Panorama Finals evening. If the recently-concluded semi finals has taught us anything, it is that Skiffle under the musical directive of Odie Franklin, Marc Brooks and Kendall Williams is going to have much fun, enjoy themselves, and put down a performance that will let everyone know their contention for the title is as serious as a heart attack.

It’s been over 40 years since an orchestra from southern Trinidad has won the national Trinidad and Tobago Panorama championship. Hatters Steel Orchestra under the musical leadership of Steve Achaiba secured that top honor in 1975. Since then the ‘winning’ drought has been both significant, poignant and weighs heavily in the minds and hearts of the southern steelpan region, its players and supporters. Maybe this is the year the suffering ends. You never know. However, one thing that is certain: the field has never been more crowded with bona fide contenders for the title.

Humble, quiet, focused and immensely talented are the optimal descriptive tags for these three deep-thinking New Yorkers. Their ability to work together and produce seamless musical works has amazed many. But to those who know them and have watched them grown over the years - anything otherwise would be a surprising.

Coming off of their strong showing in the recent International Panorama, the threesome was pegged by Skiffle’s executive officer Junia Regrello to take the musical helm of the southern-based steel orchestra franchise. Skiffle, already a well-established and very successful institution has high expectations of these arrangers. And they have not disappointed. Playing the wickedly popular Caribbean ‘chune’ “How She Like It” by Hypasounds, they have brought anything but a conventional approach to this Panorama season. Their arrangement of the song has clearly captured the hearts and imagination of the young people of Skiffle, as witnessed by the spirited performance of the players. In addition to the band members, there has been a buzz in the community - curiosity and caution about whether these young men had the ‘right stuff.’ This has turned into full-fledged support for the band, with nightly visits and smiling faces

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Great article and I like the comrade of these three young men from NY who have proven themselves in the Internarional Panorama and off course the Brooklyn Panorama. They are happy to be with Skiffle because they were hosted and given the southern treatment when the Brooklyn Steel Orch competed last year. Together with that they have a huge fan base from the youths not only in the south but in the north and North America. I think Skiffle could take the crown in 2016 . Kudos to a great choice by Junia Regello and Skiffle .

Gotta back 'em. Hometown boys from up north taking the south.

Patrick Ramdoo, boy yuh real letting me down. Do you honestly think that A-N-Y foreign arranger(s) could win PANORAMA in Trinidad?

Like dey have something against 'foreign' people? Money,yes. Ppl,no. The only band that I ever backed was Esso Tripoli, none since. Gotta back Bklyn arrangers.


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