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Lord Blakie sang Steelband Clash in 1954, but the event took place in 1952[51].The clash in 1959 was with San Juan All Stars and Desperadoes combined with Tokyo by the hospital.

Lord Blakie sang Steelband Clash in 1954, but the event took place in 1952[51].The clash in 1959 was with San Juan All Stars and Desperadoes combined with Tokyo by the hospital.There was also another clash between two steelbands on Park Street between Frederich and Park Streets.This was not on a carnival day in the mid 50s. In those days steelbands were allowed on the streets on Discovery Day until the Baseball incident.

Teddy Pinheiro

Added by EDWARD TEDDY PINHEIRO on September 14, 2014 at 9:43pm — 9 Comments

A Liturgy for Abbey (Remembering Abbey Lincoln)

A poem remembering Abbey Lincoln, poet & jazz vocalist

Words - Ruby Boddie

Voicing - Ruby Boddie & Sean Thomas

Drums - …


Added by Sean Thomas on August 9, 2020 at 5:23pm — 1 Comment

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

PRO Fails in His Attempt to Defend the Pan Trinbago Oligarchy Against Charges of Corruption

PRO Fails in His Attempt to Defend the Pan Trinbago Oligarchy Against Charges of Corruption

By LuvMehPan

[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]:


At the…


Added by LuvMehPan on January 28, 2017 at 7:01am — 6 Comments

“Pan Players Dissed by ‘Excellence in Steel’ Committee Chair. . . “ - The Tip of the Iceberg

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…


Added by LuvMehPan on September 25, 2016 at 11:21pm — 4 Comments

Dr. Anthony Achong Comments on the Pan-Hang Argument

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…


Added by Anthony Achong on August 13, 2016 at 5:57pm — 4 Comments



Added by Ian Franklin on January 7, 2016 at 2:10pm — 21 Comments

Congratulations to the youngest arranger for the single pan panorama competition 2014

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…


Added by Rhea W on February 4, 2014 at 10:08am — 7 Comments

Calypso dead

Republished with the expressed permission of the author

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…


Added by Pan Times on December 2, 2013 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

TRIBUTE .... to Richard Mc David and Keith Belle

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…


Added by Brian Copeland on November 17, 2013 at 10:02pm — 18 Comments

Deafening silence - "Honour tassa just like pan"

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…


Added by Keith Byer on September 6, 2012 at 9:53am — 25 Comments

Disgrace in Fyzabad

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…


Added by Keith Byer on June 16, 2012 at 8:44am — 21 Comments


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…


Added by Tamana Pioneers Steel Orchestra on May 26, 2012 at 6:36pm — 5 Comments

How do we put a price on the contributions Pan Tuners have made to our culture?

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…


Added by ama belfon on May 11, 2012 at 9:42am — 36 Comments

New Arranger for Solo Harmonites 2012

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

Added by Peter on December 5, 2011 at 9:11pm — 10 Comments

November 15, 2011 - The “Pan Buzz” to date



Today I take…


Added by Pan Buzz on November 15, 2011 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Pan Hysteria? A Review of Innovation and Invention

I wrote the article cited below back in May 2002 when I was living abroad. It addressed the nervousness of some nationals in the diaspora to what was reported as the "conquest" of pan by foreigners. In light of my last note on the design of pan as a factor of optimizing dispersion, which generated heated debate on who did what and when for pan, I thought I would again "go backwards to go forward" with the conversation on… Continue

Added by Nigel Campbell on March 23, 2011 at 10:30pm — 16 Comments


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…


Added by Allan Gibson on March 21, 2011 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments

Trini Pannist in Japan.

There is an ex member of Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars living in Japan ,his name is Tony ,does anyone know if he is Ok afyer the Earthquake?

Added by Angie on March 12, 2011 at 7:47am — 8 Comments


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…


Added by Gerry Kangalee on March 20, 2011 at 2:49pm — No Comments

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