All Posts (97)

Sort by

Panorama Tunes for 2011

Steelband Panorama Songwriting Great
Winston “DeFosto” Scarborough releases tunes for 2011 Season

Calypsonian Winston Scarborough - the great DeFostoGlobal - Winston Scarborough - known to most of the world as “DeFosto,” the steelband panorama music songwriter master - has released three songs for the 2011 Trinidad and Tobago steelband panorama season.

The songs will all be available on the When Steel Talks network. In She Rainorama has been published to the WST site with the score sheet.
click to hear

Read more…

D'Radoes 2010 Band Launch

Sunday serving of Steelpan Music at D’Radoes Band Launch

\New York - Fashionably - or frustratingly, depending on your point of view - late, D’Radoes Steel Orchestra kicked off their annual band launch in high musical style last Sunday evening around 9:30 p.m. The DJ on hand had kept the music vibes flowing as a build-up to the steel orchestras’ upcoming performances, with the Rhythm Massive nearby following and punctuating almost every pulse of the music.

For those on hand for yet another evening of great steelpan music, D’Radoes set the pace for their invited guest steel orchestras - which included Despers USA, Utopia Pan Soul: the Next Generation, CASYM and more.
read more
Read more…

Despers USA 2010 Band Launch

Despers USA Steel Orchestra Launch - Ready for 2010
Steelband Musical Superiority is the goal

Performing at Sonatas’ Sports Day

New York, USA - It’s on! The New York steelband music summer season is in full effect. “Come good or don’t come out at all” - this was clearly evident at Despers USA launch on Sunday evening. Eleven orchestras participated in the annual trek towards the rites of passage - the New York panorama championship. Present in addition to the host orchestra Despers USA, were Harmony, Steel Sensation, Sesame Flyers, Utopia Pan Soul: the Next Generation, CASYM, Sonatas, D’Radoes, Pantonic, Dem Stars and Pan Ambassadors.
read more

Read more…

Sonatas Host Sports Day

Pan Sonatas Steel Orchestra - Sports Day
New York Steelband Fraternity Comes Together
for Fun, Fun, Fun


Steelpan musicians battle for basketball supremacy on Sonatas’ Sports Day

New York, USA - Have you ever wondered - what does a world-class performing steel orchestra do when it is not performing, or readying itself for the next competition or performance?

On Saturday Sonatas held ‘Sports Day’ - an event conjured up, directed and managed by the young people of the organization. Not only was the event a great idea - but it was also a great experience. All there had a great time. Fun, food and music were the order of the day. Yes, there was healthy competition, but the day’s events fostered cooperation, camaraderie and respect among the youth of the various steelbands present.
read more

Read more…

Antigua Panorama 2010

Halcyon Steel Orchestra Wins Antigua & Barbuda 2010 National Panorama Title
Victor “Babu” Samuel is winning arranger!

Halcyon Steel OrchestraSt. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, W.I.  -  No one was happier last night when it was announced that Halcyon Steel Orchestra had won the Antigua & Barbuda 2010 National Panorama competition, than the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, the Honorable Baldwin Spencer. It is well known throughout the Caribbean that Prime Minister Spencer is an ardent supporter of the steelpan music genre and steelband performing arts. Moreover, Halcyon is the band that will always be dear to him because of his close association with the music organization.

....Five steel orchestras competed for Antigua and Barbuda’s 2010 National Panorama Championship title at Carnival City in the country’s capital of St. John’s.  The featured bands in the competition were Gemonites, Ebonites, Harmonites, defending champions Hell’s Gate and Halcyon.
read more

Read more…

NYU Steel Drum Ensemble Concert Splendor

New York, USA -  Great steelpan music is not uncommon to New York. Some of the best steel orchestras in America call the town of Brooklyn, New York home.  But across the river on the island of Manhattan - the New York University (NYU), under the umbrella of the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development - has shown a serious commitment to the steelpan instrument and music for the genre.

....The NYU Steel Drum Ensemble, under the direction of Josh R. Quillen took the stage of NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, and delivered a fascinating potpourri of music for the steel orchestra.
read more

Read more…

New York, USA -  The UWI (University of the West Indies) Arts Chorale and the UWI Steel Ensemble from Trinidad appeared in concert as part of their international tour, at the Founders Hall at St. Francis College - located in downtown Brooklyn, New York.  Their performance was simply marvelous.

The concert and tour are part of the tenth year anniversary celebrations of the musical  organizations’ founding.... Ten years later, they celebrate this milestone with their second international Concert tour with a trip to St. Francis College.
read more

Read more…

Clarke: Pan in Trinidad is at a standstill

Clarke shares some of his experiences of his journey through the years with the steelpan art form at home and abroad. Additionally, he articulates his own viewpoints as to what he perceives as a stagnation regarding the instrument in the country of its birth, while people in countries around the world appear keen to learn more about this unique instrument.
read more
Read more…

South Africa comes to Brooklyn

The Philippa Schuyler Steelpan Ensemble meets St Stithians Boys’ Prep Marimba Band of South Africa Philippa Schuyler steelpan musician with St Stithians marimba band member

New York, USA - History was made this April 12 as South Africa’s St Stithians College Marimba Band traveled over 7,000 miles, performing at the prestigious Philippa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented located in Brooklyn, New York. The occasion was a joint concert with the Philippa Schuyler Major Steelpan Ensemble.

The two-week tour labeled “2010 USA Tour,” would take the St Stithians College Marimba Band all-male group made up of twenty-four youth, through Washington DC, Boston and New York before they headed back to their home of Johannesburg, South Africa.
read more
Read more…

Pan in the 21st Century

Pan Down Memory Lane and Pan in the 21st Century 2010 Steelband Competitions

Global - All Single Pan Bands and Conventional Steel Orchestras participating in Pan Trinbago’s Pan Down Memory Lane and Pan in the 21st Century competitions are reminded that registration closes on Friday March 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm.

Qualifying round for Single Pan Bands will commence on Thursday March 25 for Tobago Bands, on Friday March 26 for bands in the Northern region, on Saturday March 27 for those in the South/Central region and on Sunday March 28, for those in the Eastern region.  These Preliminaries will be held at the various panyards or suitable venue within the band’s communities.

Competing bands must play a non calypso tune (not from the 21st Century) in calypso tempo of not more than six (6) minutes duration.  

Qualifying round for Conventional Steel Orchestras will commence on Monday March 29 in Tobago, on Tuesday March 30 for bands in the East, on Wednesday March 31 for bands in the Northern Region and ending on April 01st for South/Central bands.

Bands of not more than 50 and less than 30 performing members in this category must play tunes selected from the 21st Century world beat repertoire from 2000 onward.

At the end of the National Preliminaries, twelve (12) bands from each category will be selected to go forward to the Finals in order of merit based on points awarded during the qualifying round.

The date, time and venue will be announced at a later date.

click for more

From the newsdesk Pan Trinbago

Read more…

The Lost Art of Traditional Steelbands

The Lost Art of Traditional Pan-Around-the-Neck-Bands

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The entire 2010 Panorama season was kicked off in the south on Coffee Street in San Fernando on January 15th with a preliminary competition for single pan bands. Only one band, Jah Roots, walked onto the judging venue with their traditional pans around their necks. It was refreshing to see that the art of carrying one’s pan is not completely lost, and that the crowd appreciated their efforts to preserve the tradition. There is something to be said about carrying the weight of the pan, moving, and playing at the same time. Although they played in a stationary position, Jah Roots was a pleasant reminder of the tradition of pan on the move. Jah Roots is a band that strives to participate in every traditional pan competition and they have vowed not to change their performance practices, regardless of how everyone is changing around them.
click for more
Read more…

Silver Stars Steel Orchestra set to open for Beyonce

According to Executive VP of Mobile Services TSTT, 2010 Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama Champions Silver Stars Steel Orchestra will open for Beyonce this evening at performance in Trinidad.  They will perform the Trinidad and Tobago national anthem and their wining panorama composition.

Another unidentified medium steel orchestra will also be on-sight
Read more…

Panorama 2010 and Pay-Per-View

An “Oops” Moment in Steelband Panorama 2010 The case of the disappearing steelband panorama internet broadcast Who Is Responsible??!!

Global - A funny thing happened on the way to this year’s steelband music Panorama internet broadcast. It got lost, and found, and lost again, and then resurfaced - for some. Talk about “mass media confusion.” And yes, ‘confusion’ would be the operative word to describe the online broadcast fiasco of the 2010 steelband music Panorama event by the Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG). The end results were massive migraines, many disheartened customers and frustration for many partakers and curious people from all over the world, interested in the carnival season internet stream of which the Panorama finals event was part. Moreover an opportunity to expand and cultivate a global base was squandered and even permanently impaired. In this “must” forum, the stakeholders were never able to establish or exact professionalism at the highest order.
click for more
Read more…

Panorama Results

Silver Stars and Steel Xplosion Triumph for Steelband Panorama 2010

Silver Stars and Steel Xplosion Triumph for Steelband Panorama 2010 Trinidad and Tobago - Trinidad and Tobago’s National Panorama competition climaxed for yet another year, with Silver Stars and Steel Xplosion Steel Orchestras taking top honors in their categories on Carnival Saturday night in Port-of-Spain at the Queen’s Park Savannah. Along with bragging rights, both bands walked away with the approximate equivalent of USD $159,489 and USD $96,463, respectively.

In just under eight hours, twenty steel orchestras took the stage - ten each in medium and large categories - and delivered scintillating sounds on steel before thousands of fervent pan music lovers gathered. It would be nearing 3:00 a.m. local time before the final notes were played.

click for more
Read more…

Panorama 2010

Phase II Pan Groove leads the pack going into steelband panorama 2010 competition finals
Trinidad & Tobago - Phase II Pan Groove leads the pack going into Trinidad and Tobago's national steelband panorama 2010 competition finals, with the 2009 champs Silver Stars on their heels, and south-based Skiffle Bunch rounding out the top three of the final ten. The top ten from the small and medium steel orchestra category also advance to their championship rounds. The shocker of the event was former champions and world-renowned Exodus Steel Orchestra not making the final cut. click for more
Read more…


The Winds of Change - New York Steelband Association set to Alter Course

change5_small.jpgNew York - With only a week into the 2010 season the winds of change have propelled themselves into the consciousness of the steelpan music world. When Steel Talks News has been informed that on December 8th, 2009 a majority of the United States Steelband Association (USSA) membership passed a vote of no confidence on the Board of Director and Executive Officers of USSA.

An interim committee is presently in place and a date for elections has been set for mid-January 2010, to be followed by the installation of new officers.
click for more

Read more…