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Memorable Moments in MOP’s Five-A-Side Steelband Competition

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - The ‘Five-A-Side’ competition - a favorite element of the annual Moods of Pan (MOP) steelband festival - did not field in 2008 the plethora of participants as in the past. But the crowd on hand (pictured) undeniably had a very full evening of great music and overall entertainment dished out not only by the eventual two Five-A-Side competitors, Musical Youth and Golden Hands, but also the invited artistes.

Moods of Pan is hosted by one of… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on January 8, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Barbara Mason, Steelband Coordinator of Antigua and Barbuda - In the Spotlight

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Barbara Mason is the Steel Band Coordinator in the Cultural Development Division in Antigua and Barbuda. She is tremendously committed to the progress of youth talent arts. When Steel Talks conducted an exclusive interview with this cultural officer who is instrumental in the phenomenon of Antigua and Barbuda’s Youth Pan Orchestra as one of the best in the region.

As a cultural officer: “what we try to do is scout for talent in the various… Continue

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Pan Fan Extremely Disappointed with Pan Trinbago's 2009 Steelband Panorama Changes

This year's music festival was the limit of my disappointment with the management, creativity and initiative of Pan Trinbago. having recently learnt about the new arrangements for this year's activities only deepened my disillusionment with this body. why separate the finals and alienate the medium bands? what is the organization saying? that only the large bands are worthy of the final night accolades on carnival Saturday? is that because the "big wigs" have vested interests which they need to… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on January 6, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer Speaks on Pan and Its Importance to the Caribbean Region

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - While When Steel Talks was visiting the panyards on our recent trip to Antigua we caught up with the country’s Prime Minister, the Honourable Baldwin Spencer who was in Halcyon Steel Orchestra’s panyard taking in a practice section for the 2008 Moods of Pan Festival. We posed three questions to the Prime Minister which he very graciously answered.

“...as leaders and so on, we ought to be identifying with the art form and to give it as much… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on January 5, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

CSI – overcoming the barriers with steelband music!

United Kingdom - Brent Holder, World Champion Soloist, formed the Caribbean Steel International steelband in 2004, after obtaining invaluable experience from working with some of the top steel bands in the UK, Trinidad and Japan with three members owing to the demand for small gigging bands. After ensuring that their small steel band was well established on the gigging circuit, CSI founding members decided to start a community group which would involve their local communities in the… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on December 31, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Year 2008 In Pan A When Steel Talks Review

2008 was an extremely interesting year for the steelpan music instrument. Our When Steel Talks travels, coverage and stories took our site visitors literally all over the globe. We saw the emergence and coming of age of the youth movement as two young and very talented arrangers (André White and Khan Cordice) - both still in their teens - captured major titles against stiff competition in the New York Panorama and the Antigua & Barbuda Moods of Pan Festival ‘25-A-Side,’… Continue

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History-Making Steelband Arranger André White - In the Spotlight

New York, USA - As 2009 comes into focus, for André White - 2008 has been that ‘year to remember.’ For this young musician who set the steelband world on its ear, life will never be the same. New York steelband panorama veteran arrangers – some previous competition winners themselves - had to respectfully duff their hats to André White in the early hours of Sunday September 1 - when his arrangement of Amrit Samaroo’s Heat as executed by his band, Long Island’s one hundred-strong ADLIB… Continue

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Dudley, Steelpan Innovator, Scores Again

Trinidad, W.I. - Make me another “Voom Box.” Such were the words of Len “Boogsie” Sharpe when he realized the effect and potential of the new invention from UK-based inventor, Dudley Dickson, when the instrument which houses the Sonic Bass, was tested with National Panorama Champions, Phase II Pan Groove at C2K8 (Carnival 2008).

The acoustic Voom Box is made of plywood and is somewhat like a speaker box since it amplifies the sound of the pan, in this case the seven-bass.… Continue

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BAS FDF Calypsteel Winter Lime

United Kingdom - The British Association of Steelbands Future Development Forum (BAS FDF) hosted their “Calypsteel Winter Lime” on Sunday 21 December 2008 at Carnival Village Yaa Asantewaa, 1 Chippenham Mews, London W9. It is a new initiative developed by FDF, in partnership with Carnival Village and the Association of British Calypsonians, and the intention was to bring together pan, calypso and parang to celebrate the festive season in true Trini style. Steel bands and… Continue

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Khan Cordice in the Spotlight

St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Meet Khan Cordice, the eighteen year-old youthful arranger for the National Youth Pan Orchestra of Antigua & Barbuda. As fate would have it, WST conducted an interview one day before Cordice would make history by winning the 25-A-Side competition at the Moods of Pan Festival 2008, beating out other seasoned and previous winning arrangers to do so. click to read… Continue

Added by When Steel Talks on December 28, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Steelband Music Video of the Week - TCL Skiffle Bunch

Hailing from

Trinidad and Tobago, Skiffle Bunch is one of the

worlds best steel orchestras. They are the

featured orchestra in this weeks 'Steelband

Music Video of the week'.

click to read…


Added by When Steel Talks on December 28, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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