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Glass Ceiling?

So have we in 2019 reached that dreaded 'glass ceiling' where bands that are outside that 'big 5' sacred circle are thrown under the bus? The message that this sends to every other band is that no matter how hard you try, no matter how  proficiently, well-arranged and executed, no matter how 'top drawer' a performance, the answer will always be a resounding 'No'. Unless judges don't get overly swayed by popularity and/or fan enthusiasm, unless they dare to use objectivity and make…


Added by Glenda Marvray on February 18, 2019 at 6:53pm — 5 Comments

Tribute to a steelpan Icon Ellie Mannette by Salah Wilson

Toronto's tribute to a steelpan Icon- Ellie Mannette 2018


Added by Salah Wilson on December 13, 2018 at 8:05am — No Comments


.Pan Trinbago Elections for National Officers......OCT 28th.....VOTE FOR ...IAN J CLARKE...EXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER........


Added by ian jay clarke on October 22, 2018 at 8:44am — No Comments

New 20-song STEEL PAN BOOK available now

My third original collection "Put It Behind You" features 20 new tunes in Caribbean styles.  Charts are arranged with melody & chords in a lead sheet format that is easy for live bands to play.  For soloists, each backing track blends drums, bass, and percussion, with a variety of harmony instruments including guitar, organ, marimba, vibraphone, and occasionally, horns.…


Added by Aaron Abrahamson Cote on October 20, 2018 at 7:44am — No Comments

Pan Trinbago Elections

To  the administration of WST and Pan Lovers the world over, please feel free to access my page and engage in any questions, clarifications,conversations etc, etc.


Added by ian jay clarke on October 15, 2018 at 12:39pm — No Comments

I have seen Keron's team. In my opinion too much accent on Biographies and academia of the candidates. Not impressed at all. Pan must not go down that path, we need a combination of academia and repr…

I have seen Keron's team.

In my opinion too much accent on Biographies and academia of the candidates.

Not impressed at all. Pan must not go down that path, we need a combination of academia and representatives

from the school of hard knocks who not only know pan in its infancy but will recruit the best support staff to 

move the movement. Keron, this is not the Mayors office.

Orvis Noel Ex-Pat 

St Augustine


Added by Orvis Noel on October 13, 2018 at 12:17am — No Comments

Team Progressive And New

Our dynamic team: Keith Byer (president); Aquil Arrindell(vice President); Fuad Abu Bakr(PRO); Khion DeLas(Education Officer); Travis Mulraine (Asst. Secretary); Kerri Ann Walters(Treasurer).. We looked acros slates to get the best people for the job and we have identified persons for the other positions which will be revealed in a subsequent post.

Added by Keith Byer on October 10, 2018 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Trinidad Medicine

  1. So, according to reports he (Philmore) rolled his vehicle and as a  result suffered internal injuries .He was taken to SGH where  in 2018 there are no doctors capable off treating traumatic injuries. When will Trinidad medicine get better?.Condolences  to his family and friends .

Added by Essentially Atu on September 30, 2018 at 4:22pm — No Comments

About the Man Himself, Ellie Mannette


Much is known of Ellie as a pan tuner and popular steel-band man, but not many people know of his academic side. Ellie as a young man was very ambitious and at an early age became an apprentice in machinery and graduated at the top of his class as a Lathe Operator. He was well recognized for his work in Trinidad in that field, as a valued employee at the Acme Engineering Co. on Richmond street. His first encounter with Navy would come when US Navy forces staged a…


Added by Charlene Lusk on September 3, 2018 at 3:25pm — No Comments

The Ellie Experience

Dr. Elliott “Ellie” Mannette

Elliiott was always surrounded by the people who loved…


Added by Charlene Lusk on September 3, 2018 at 2:31pm — 1 Comment

Further thoughts about steelband mobility

My comments about my enjoyment of the recent steelband parades have been misinterpreted as an endorsement of steelbands on trucks , so I wish to further clarify my thoughts, to clear up any misunderstandings.


Now , I fully appreciate why it's done , but I don't like steelbands on trucks.

Like I've said many times, I think something about the steelband vibration is lost , with the distance created between the steelband , the natural environment , and the…


Added by Glenroy R Joseph on August 27, 2018 at 10:49am — 9 Comments

SAD no notification of Pan on the Avenue event 08/25/2018

I was very disappointed that I did not receive a notification of yesterdays event Pan on the Avenue. I sent a note on your Facebook. We got to see the video which stopped at Harmonites, the large bands we did not see or hear. SAD.

Added by marilyn metivier-sheppard on August 26, 2018 at 10:57pm — No Comments

RIP "Tempo"...stalwart and former Double Second Panist

RIP "Tempo"...stalwart and former Double Second pannist and as recently as this year's Panorama, great Rhythm Section tambourine player.

Your send-off today was synonymous with your personality, humility, love of pan and people.

Continue to fly the Renegades flag, and pan flag in general, flying high in heaven.

You will be missed by all.

Added by Sandra L Blood on August 22, 2018 at 6:28pm — 5 Comments

When Steel Talks has lost an esteemed Member....

 Stanley 'Kiddie' Currency ( Known for his insightful, Thoughtful and biting commentary- And an Ardent Desperadoes Affectionado) has passed on.

Condolences to his immediate family, Simple Paradise Sports Club Members and friends. HE SHALL BE MISSED!

Added by Ian Cox on June 18, 2018 at 10:58am — 3 Comments

Steelband "pandemonium" is not just about pan people , it is about All of us !

The mistake we are making , my friends is assuming that the problems facing the steelbands of T&T are pan people’s problems , but they are much more than that.

The problems are societal , and about national identity , culture ,vision and even more.

Trinidadians have not yet recognized that in a failing economy , an emphasis on culture and tourism will become a most important part of the nation's economic security.

Many Trinidadians have been reluctant to appreciate…


Added by Glenroy R Joseph on June 5, 2018 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

The Windrush Years 4

Added by Pan Times on April 18, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

If not for grace


Added by ritson douglas on April 18, 2018 at 11:37am — No Comments

BBC2 Windrush - Part Three

Windrush part 3 of 4

Four-part historical documentary series tracing the changes to British national life brought about by the first major influx of people from the Caribbean on the troopship Empire Windrush.…


Added by Pan Times on April 17, 2018 at 1:30am — No Comments

Windrush Part 2 of 4

Windrush is a four-part series of one-hour television documentaries originally broadcast on BBC2 in 1998[1] to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival in Britain of the MV Empire Windrush, the ship that brought the first significant wave of post-war West Indian immigrants. The series was produced and directed by David Upshal. Its…


Added by Pan Times on April 16, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

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