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Born of Adversity… Panmen Embrace the SoE and Steel “Pan Jazz” Challenges

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 6:36pm 4 Comments

Endless stories have been told about the struggles of the steel band, the panmen, and their rise from the ashes of hooliganism and banishment. These battle weary soldiers, forged from the love of steel, in the fires of the backyard, dry river, and panyard, are very versed and rehearsed in accepting and overcoming challenges. Since those hard felt days of the pan struggle, pan has attained some measures of acclamation such as, acceptance into the archives of global music, as the sole…



Posted on April 29, 2009 at 3:03pm 0 Comments


Words of a Soothsayer

Be wary of the side effects of Panorama……Last year I wrote about Panorama in a mood of reminiscence, the big yard, grass track, dust in yuh face, North and South Panorama, Thursday night semi finals etc. and the fact that sooner or later, Panorama, and the monster it has become, will inevitably send all bands into extinction, as is the case with those from the Southern region. This region had more than enough steel bands, players… Continue

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