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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!
PRO Fails in His Attempt to Defend the Pan Trinbago Oligarchy Against Charges of Corruption
[This is a review and critique of “Pan Trinbago Defends Itself Against Charges of Corruption,” by Michael Joseph, PRO of Pan Trinbago, published on When Steel Talks]:
I also attended the ‘Excellence in Steel’ NY Panorama at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, September 3, 2016. I have withheld my comments about the section in the program booklet referenced by Dr. Nyomba (https://whensteeltalks.ning.com/forum/topics/pan-players-dissed-by-excellence-in-steel-committee-chair-in) while observing the posts from the WST community. The responses…Continue
Dr. Anthony Achong Comments on; The ''PanART Hang Documentary: A Propaganda-Filled, Dissemination of Lies'' (Part 1) Posted by Rudy Kendall on July 3, 2016 and Reply posted by Michael Paschko.
I initially intended to email this piece only to Felix Rohner who first drew my attention to the WST blog posted by Rudy Kendall but because of its importance, and because my name was mentioned in one of the blogs that…Continue
CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY, FRIENDS, FANS AND RENEGADES STEEL ORCHESTRA ON THE PASSING OF DR. JIT SAMAROO, ON BEHALF OF DESPERADOES STEEL ORCHESTRA.
I would like to congratulate my son Hanif Goodridge for his bands performance in the recent Single pan competition, they did not make it into the semi final round, but he made a great effort, he was the youngest arranger in the 2014 single pan competition, and also his first time arranging for a panorama competition, Son the sky is the limit, you've wanted to arrange since primary school and you finally got the opportunity to do so, you would always have my support. Keep reaching for the…Continue
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By Raffique Shah
February 3, 2013
Calypso, the unique art form that defined Trinidad and Tobago for a hundred years, that clever, creative combination of lyrics with rhyme and melody to haunt the living and awaken the dead, is dead. Gone to a great cultural…
I just wanted to say farewell to Richard Mc David, engineer and pan stalwart.
Richard passed away and was cremated on November 5th, just a couple of weeks ago. Apart from his active involvement in the management of Renegades, Richard worked as a contractor for the Steelpan Initiatives Project and was the lead engineer for the G-Pans and the steelpan fabrication facility at Macoya. He was a member of the team that was awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal in 2008. He was a brilliant…Continue
It is strange the silence from pantrinbago 'guardian of the steelpan'. Imagine the tassa association attempting to degrade the steelpan in the worst manner ( see the express article "honour tassa just like pan http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/_Honour_tassa_just_like_pan_-167400415.html
Not a word from our parent body.
If tassa want to be the second national instrument, then justify…Continue
Disrespectful and shameful, the only way to describe the manner in which the steelpan was treated in Fyzabadat the OWTU pre labour day pan festival on Friday 15. A tassa band performed after every steelband, and was allowed to command the stage for long hours. When the final steelband (Gonzales Sheikers) was playing, they were hurried off the stage because of time and was not allowed to perform their required five selections. What was more disturbing, is another tassa group carded to play…Continue
Maestro Paul "Pablo" Campbell pass away on Monday 21th May 2012. He arranged for Cordettes Steel Orchestra from the 60s to 90s, winning the music festival in 1967 un-sponsored category. In 1968 they placed 2nd and placed in the top 3 afterwards. He also arranged for Single Pan Bands like Nostalgic, North Eastern All Stars, Sipabatt to name a few. He tutored Tamana Pioneers from the 1982 until 2011…Continue
I was recently at an event for the Borough Day celebrations in Point-Fortin. There I witness the treatment of one of our foremost pan tuners; a Chaconia Medal receipient, being turned away at a Pan event. Now I understand that this event was sponsered by a private company, however Pan Trinbago was involved. His name was not on a list by the door, an oversight by the individual who invited him. There were officials from Pan Trinbago at the door and none could vouch for Mr. Kellman, who I am…Continue
The Solo Harmonites Steel Orchestra will be going to Panorama 2012 with a new Arranger in the person of Mr. Seion Gomez.
Peter Kanhai - Administrative Manager Solo Harmonites
Dec. 05th 2012
FAIR ROLL OF THE DICE, PLEASE
Today I take…Continue
I am going out of my mind trying to figure out how on earth can anyone reach the idea of making the prize for the King/Queen of Carnival, the same as that for the Panorama Champion.
As I see it, some calypsonians write and sing their own stuff, while others just sing the lyrics of others. Therefore, you are dealing with one performer/individual.
A steelband, whether small, medium or large, is a BAND ----many individuals.
When you consider a piece of music…Continue
Southern Marines Steelband Foundation’s 2011 Panorama season was a success when compared to the last four years. After a long drought a little rain came. We were able to come into the National Small bands Panorama finals, and place third out of eleven participants. That is good, thanks to the hard work of the arrangers, the support crew around the yard, the players who dedicated time for nightly practice over the long season, the cooperation of their parents and…Continue
Added by Gerry Kangalee on March 20, 2011 at 2:49pm — No Comments
(Sandra Blood writes on the humbling of Renegades)
Renegades extends congratulations to the bands that are cited to perform at Panorama finals come Saturday 5th February, while at the same time, thinks it fitting to addresses the unfortunate circumstance that skewed the judges ability to properly hear its rendition.
On Thursday February 10, five days before Panorama preliminaries, a feature “Renegades coming ready,…Continue
On behalf of all conscious Pannists everywhere, I extend a heartfelt thank you, to Bro. Salah Wilson and those Pan Lovers around the world, who signed a petition in support of our struggles with the Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism to retain the One Thousand dollars as negotiated with the former regime, to which the Panorama players had become accustomed. Regardless of the outcome, I say thanks to all of you.
In Trinbago, the home of the Steel Pan, there is mischief…Continue