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Jun 14, 2017
FR - Parmi les grandes épopées de l'histoire de la musique, celle de cet instrument, le steel-pan, est proprement incroyable. Un bidon de pétrole, probablement le seul instrument de récupération industrielle qui a traversé les années et les frontières pour devenir une icône de la culture de Trinité-et-Tobago, s'infiltrant jusqu'à la musique électronique contemporaine. Dans le cadre de la sortie de la compilation Deep Green Sound, une initiative dirigée par EcoDDS, qui choisit de mettre la musique au service d'une prise de conscience de l'importance du tri et du recyclage, Radio Nova se penche sur les relations de recyclage dans la musique. À cet égard, transformer un bidon de métal en instrument utilisé aujourd'hui dans les compositions les plus avant-gardistes est un procédé particulièrement intéressant.

[Nova Planet]
Jun 13, 2017
T&T - On Wednesday, five of the nation’s top steel orchestras officially launched the International Steelband Foundation (ISF) at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain. The Company’s five founding steelbands are Massy Trinidad All Stars, Desperadoes, bpTT Renegades, Phase II Pan Groove in partnership with Hadco and Republic Bank Exodus.

Jun 9, 2017
T&T - There will be pan on the road as well as J’Ouvert and traditional mas on parade tomorrow as the WeBeat17 organisers host the final events of the weeklong celebration. Several top steelbands participating in pan-on-the move will stop in front the St James Amphitheatre and Park, St James, to perform a tune of choice before heading east along the Western Main Road. Traditional mas will also be featured in the night’s entertainment which begins at 7 pm.

Jun 9, 2017
USA - From its roots in Trinidad, steelpan has invaded the USA and can now be found in community steelbands, school programs, after-school programs, and even church steelbands. The popularity of steelpan soloists in jazz and pop settings has also increased tenfold. The exact number of steelbands in the United States is unclear, but the number certainly exceeds several hundred. Perhaps the most amazing of these steelbands are those in after school programs which are finding a strong base across the country from New York, Virginia, and Maryland, to Texas and all the way over to Everett, Washington.

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Jun 8, 2017
USA - A year-long, project-based learning unit at DuBose Middle School has landed more than 100 students on iTunes. DuBose’s steel drum program has successfully released a CD, titled “Momentum,” that is now for sale on a number of online platforms. Mike Greer, who teaches the steel drums class at the school, said the CD is a project that started with last year’s eighth-grade class. Greer coined the idea and said the ultimate goal in a project-based learning unit is public display of one’s work. As a musician, “this is the most public you can get,” he said.

[Journal Scene]
Jun 2, 2017
NL - Op dinsdag 6 juni gaat Tavenu in het Zwarte dorp en/of in de Oker langs de deuren om donateurs te werven en tegelijkertijd reclame te maken voor het steelbandfestival dat op zaterdag 17 juni in De Kwakel wordt georganiseerd. Deze dag zullen er naast de steelband van Tavenu nog elf steelbands optreden uit binnen- en buitenland. Uit Nederland onder andere de steelband van de Koninklijke Marine en de Politiesteelband. Verder twee steelbands uit Zwitserland, twee uit Engeland en één uit Duitsland. Het programma begint om 12.00 uur op zaterdag 17 juni en duurt tot middernacht. Tussen de steelbandoptredens door zullen de danseressen van Jazz & Showballet Nicole weer enkele optredens verzorgen. Om alvast in de stemming te komen zal de (loop)steelband van Tavenu spelend door de wijk gaan. Bij slecht weer zal de donateursactie een week later plaatsvinden.

Jun 2, 2017
T&T - It will literally be a (steel)pan explosion as the St James Community Improvement Committee kicks off this year's edition of WeBeat St James Live. With a playbill comprising the dynamic sounds of National Panorama 2017 champion Massy Trinidad All Stars, Junior Panorama winners bpRenegades Youth Steel Orchestra, Samaroo Jets and past Panorama and Pan in the 21st Century winner PSC Silver Stars, the event showcases the best of pan in a concert format. “Pan Explosion” is billed for Sunday at the St James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St James, from 6 p.m. Admission is $150. with advance tickets at Crosby's St James and Cleve's. Limited tickets will be on sale at the venue on the day of the show.

Jun 1, 2017
USA - They’re well-known performers in Lethbridge, but their reputation is international. And it’s sure to grow with the release of an EP recording and a documentary of their recent trip to California. Six members of Global Drums, a University of Lethbridge ensemble directed by music professor Adam Mason, were invited to join a 25-piece steel drum group, Pan Rocks, playing alongside some of the current stars of American rock. They were recorded at Ocean Studios in Burbank. “It was a huge honour to be invited to be a part of such a ground-breaking event,” says Matt Groenheide. “I don’t think anyone has ever bridged the gap between the world of steel pan and rock in such a big way.”

[Lethbridge Herald]
May 31, 2017
FR - Chroma Steel Band étaient déjà venu sur la commune pour les Nuits romanes il y a 2 ans.Alors qu'ils se rendaient à Nantes pour le Festival National des Steelbands le lendemain, ils ont souhaité faire une halte, vendredi, sur la commune de Châtain où le comité des fêtes les a reçus avec grand plaisir.

[Centre Presse]
May 30, 2017
CI - For the first time in music teacher Kasandra Scott-Salazar’s seven-year career, her students at Cayman Brac’s high school scored a first place position in the annual Amin Mohammed Memorial Steel Band Competition. Layman E. Scott Sr. High School teacher Ms. Scott-Salazar said the school’s steel pan band won first place in the senior division. The competition took place at the Family Life Centre in George Town, Grand Cayman, on Thursday, May 18.

[Cayman Compass]

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