Big 5 is back

TT – After a successful initiative last year, Big 5 the pan concert is back and will be held on September 22 at the Paddock, Queen’s Park Savannah from 6 pm.

Promoter Dennis Ramdeen said the term Big 5 was coined by former chief justice Clinton Bernard, an avid steelband fanatic, who noted how the five bands, Desperadoes, BPTT Renegades, Massy All Stars, Hadco Phase II and Republic Bank Exodus have consistently dominated the National Panorama competition over decades.

The concert is dedicated to the late Pat Bishop. In the 55 years since the Panorama competition began in 1963, the five bands have collectively won the title some 42 times. All have also been given the second highest national award, the Chaconia Gold Medal among other accolades.

Leading the pack is 11-time champs Desperadoes (Despers). The band’s first Panorama victory came in 1966 with a Beverly Griffith arrangement of Sparrow’s Obeah Wedding and also won the Bomb and the Best Band on the Road titles. Their latest victory was in 2016 with Different Me by 5-Star Akil, arranged by Carlton Alexander.

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