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Panorama Champions - 1963 to Present - Performances on Video

Video and audio performances of steelband panorama champions of Trinidad and Tobago. 1963 to present

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Comment by Joan Pilgrim on February 1, 2019 at 3:50pm

I think this is fantastic listening and watching from 1963, and I am in Toronto Canada. 

Comment by knolly smith on January 28, 2019 at 7:27pm

Harmonites and Hatters steelban were always entertaining!

Comment by knolly smith on January 28, 2019 at 7:08pm

PANAM NORTH STARS......SWEET MEMORIES!!!......Desperadoes is about to take over the steelpan world with their sweet,sweet music 'Melda' Cavaliers were also part of the mix along with MY BAND 'ESSO TRIPOLI'...........STARLIFT WAS ALWAYS A STEELBAND FORCE TO RECKON WITH, IN THE SIXTIES AND BEYOND....'MY SWEET! MEMORIES IN PAN'      OH! HOW I LOVE IT!!!

Comment by clevoy depradine on January 27, 2016 at 4:42pm
Only a true 'Pan Jumby' will appreciate the flavor of this, and the nostalgic spirits it provokes within us.
Comment by PW on January 27, 2016 at 4:24pm
Wonderful historical memorabilia of pan champs through the years from the inception of Panorama.
Comment by Teddy Kalla on January 17, 2015 at 2:53pm

No mention was made of Pan in A Minor by Renegades,one of the all time greatt arrangements in Panorama that did not win!

Comment by Martin Maitland on January 1, 2015 at 10:07pm

When you have an archive like this it is no wonder why All Stars get the benefit of the doubt when playing because their music selections over the years were at such a high standard and energetic, that it made most of Renegades and Phase II and Desperadoes, performances sound and look dated and boring. I am not saying it was not musical, however they just seem to have a rhythm that was not panorama as I remembered it. Lots of classics were played and enjoyed over the years but my top fifteen, featured many of All Stars selections. I guess it is like todays Carnival bands where only a few actually stand out and portray something inventive and creative. Memorable performances stand out though from Renegades like Mistry Band from Dr. Jit Samaroo with the cast of Panist singing and captivating the North and Grand stands encouraging them to sing along, with a tempo to dance jump prance and do whatever you like. Not many of the other bands keeps the fire burning in their track selection and as such may win on arrangements but not overall vibe.

My chart is as follows for the top 15 best tunes on Pan: -

  1. Trinidad All Stars----Woman On The Bass 1980
  2. Renegades---- Mistry Band 1993
  3. Desperadoes ------ Fire Coming Down 1994
  4. Trinidad All Stars ---- Unknown Band 1981
  5. Trinidad All Stars ----- The Hammer 1986
  6. Starlift----Du Du Yemi 1978
  7. Desperadoes ----Pan Night and Day 1985
  8. Trinidad All Stars ----- Its Show Time 2011
  9. Phase II Pan Grove----Woman is Boss 1988
  10. Renegades ---- Iron Man 1990
  11. Renegades -----Pan In A Rage 1996
  12. Hatters for the win in 1975 Tribute to Spree Simon
  13. Phase II Pan Grove --- This feeling Nice 1987
  14. Desperadoes ---- Picture on My Wall 2000
  15. Nu tones -High Mass 1998 & Trinidad All Stars --Fire Storm 2002 for a tie in 15th place.

There were 6 tunes that didn’t make the charts because they were not winning selections.

The problem is there are mostly from one band and that is All Stars.

  1. Dus’ In Deh Face 1993 – (Another excellent performance and the only request for an encore in Panorama) –(Got People’s Choice)
  2. Fonclaire pan by storm 1990 (undoubtedly the WINNWER that year)
  3. Socouyant – 1985 ----(Got People’s Choice)
  4. Doh Back Back 1984 – (Got People’s Choice)
  5. Cury Tabanca 1987--(This tune was way to advance for the judges on the night to comprehend) – (Got People’s Choice)
  6. Soca Warriors 2006 -- ( Got People’s Choice )

I could be a bit bias because I am an All Stars man but you just have to look at the variety of music that was provided over the years from All Stars to know they are the undoubtable kings and Queens of PAN in the world and the oldest surviving band in the history of panorama.  

Comment by VALENTINE YOUNG on November 20, 2014 at 3:29pm

Glen My Bro. Its nice to be Humble. We all Appreciate Both you and De Pan In Me Contributions. Thanks My Cultural Brothers for Keeping Pan Alive.!

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on November 20, 2014 at 3:20pm

Thank you , WST for putting together this compilation .

I am enjoying it.

And to those who wish to give me credit , please remember that our friend ODW (IsDePaninMe) is responsible for as many if not more of these videos as I am .As a matter of fact , he may be the largest contributor of pan videos to the entire internet .

We pan lovers owe him an immense debt .

Comment by Rick Mathews on November 20, 2014 at 9:59am

Its great to hear this. It brings back good memories of the genius, Anthony Williams. But why is there so much change to the original arrangement? I was only fourteen years old playing along side Edward, Headers, Moore and others on the double tenor. The late Noble Marshall on the base and the rest of the band off course. I still remember the runs, harmony, the change key but could not follow.

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