International News

Mar 11, 2017
T&T - Panorama/Carnival 2017 came and left, in spite of all the shenanigans of different individuals who believe, that this thing through which we find an avenue for our soul expression, is about them. It is not about anyone, and cannot now be defined. All these new intellectuals (new kids on the block) with all the bright ideas of what should or should not be done within the people’s culture, must come to the reality that this is not something that is now happening, and waiting on anyone to be defined. Carnival is an expression of the spirit of a people - We culture, as some would say. When we came, it was, and when we leave, it will be. Intellectuals would swear by it, but the spirit of a people cannot be intellectualized.
Mar 10, 2017
T&T - It may seem like a long time away, but actually it is not. In just a little less than nine months, Carnival 2018 begins in earnest when Trinity College’s Soka in Moka is held on New Year’s Day. However, the pre-Carnival build-up and events will start as early as three months away, in June, with anticipated launchings by mas bands like Tribe, Bliss, Harts and Yuma.

[Guardian]
Mar 8, 2017
T&T - Success Laventille Secondary School hosted a welcome reception last Sunday for El Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba (The Cuban National Folkloric Dance Ensemble) in its beautiful school auditorium. And what a welcome it was! The large gathering of guests headed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Guillermo Vasquez Moreno, Ambassador for Cuba, was warmly welcomed by school principal Hamida Baksh, the driving force in these educational and cultural exchanges which began with the school’s steel orchestra’s visit to Cuba in August 2015.

[Newsday]
Mar 5, 2017
T&T - George “Skipper” Rampersad continues to fly the T&T flag high in far-off Denmark. He promotes T&T through culture by teaching the steelpan and introducing Trini cuisine to the Nordic palate. As a humanitarian, he works with refugees from war-torn countries as a member of the Red Cross. The pannist, composer, and arranger returned to Trinidad for Carnival where he did an arrangement for his beloved Tunapuna All Stars which played a “bomb tune,” Amazing Grace for Tunapuna Carnival on Monday.

[Guardian]
Mar 5, 2017
T&T - There was a time when I looked forward to Carnival as a child. The excitement was in the air, and you felt it. I was thrilled with the music of the steel bands as they prepared for the Panorama competition. I made grapefruit tins bawl for mercy. That was my early adventure into the pan world. I loved the Pan Am North Stars, Gay Desperadoes, and Solo Harmonites. I also liked the rivalry that existed between the south bands and the north bands.

[Guardian]
Mar 5, 2017
USA - An Eagleby community organisation is giving disabled people the chance to play to the beat of a different drum and is holding special drum and music classes for disabled people. Trinidad drummer Alvin Rostant formed the Panable Orchestra, an eight-piece steel drum outfit, which is played entirely by those with a disability. Not-for-profit organisation, Creative Collective Cultural Community INC helped bring the orchestra to life. It allowed the students and Mr Rostant to hold music sessions at the centre.

[Courier Mail]
Mar 3, 2017
T&T - Created in 1980 by Pan Trinbago, the post-Carnival Champs in Concert, staged annually at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, will not be held this year. At last Saturday’s National Panorama finals, this was confirmed by Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz. The beleaguered steelband association head said that his organisation was unsuccessful in sourcing sponsors to underwrite the costs of the event. Sorry that the 2017 edition of the production would not be staged, Diaz said this would be a loss not only to Pan Trinbago, but also to the champions in pan, calypso and mas who form the content of the show. He said it would also be a loss to the hundreds of overseas visitors who look forward to seeing the winners of Carnival one last time on one stage.

[Guardian]
Mar 2, 2017
T&T - In August 2015, Success Stars Pan Sounds of Success Laventille Secondary School spent an exhilarating week in Cuba on a “Laventille to Cuba…..with Success” Tour. Since its return, a warm relationship between the school's principal Hamida Baksh and His Excellency Guillermo Vasquez Moreno, Ambassador for Cuba, has evolved.

[Express]
Feb 28, 2017
SK - The Premier’s Ministry is partnering with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to effect a project entitled “Development and Sustainability of Community Based Steel Pan Groups.” The first phase of the project was launched on February 23, 2017, at Bath Hotel, Bath Plain, with a Steel Pan Training Workshop for over 20 young persons who will carry the project forward.

[St. Kitts Nevis Observer]
Feb 27, 2017
T&T - Pan Elders ran away with the Panorama championship for Conventional Medium Bands for a historic fourth-time on Saturday night. The band from Carib Street, San Fernando served thousands of pan music lovers and the judges a sumptuous meal of Roti and Talkarie, a song composed and sung by Sugar Aloes (Michael Osuna) in a performance beyond comparison at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.

[Newsday]

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