International News

Aug 14, 2017
T&T - This month, Pan Trinbago celebrates 25 years, since the steel drum, which churns out melodious notes was recognized as the national instrument. On Friday, an exhibition was held on the Brian Lara Promenade by BP Renegades, showcasing the instrument and the people who 'beat it' much to our enjoyment and pleasure. We spoke to the Manager of BP Renegades - Michael Marcano and player Johann Chuckaree.

[CTVTT]
Aug 13, 2017
GD - Grenada's National Panorama competition has been rescheduled to be held 4 days after the official end of Canival 2017, as a result of a decision made on Saturday night to postpone the annual event traditionally held on the Saturday before Carnival Monday and Tuesday. Scheduled to commence at 7 pm in the Junior Murray/Rawl Lewis stand of the National Stadium on 12 August, the competition never got started, although all 8 of the registered bands for the competition were lined up outside the stadium, waiting to be called on stage.

[NOW Grenada]
Aug 13, 2017
USA - It’s the battle of the pans. The annual Steel Band Panorama competition returns on Sept. 2 gathering bands from all over the tri-state region in Brooklyn, for a musical match to crown one band as the best. About a dozen groups come to the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum to compete for title the best steel band in town, and many of the top groups are prepared to push for that gold star. Last year D’Radoes won first spot making them three-time winners. The popular band is one of biggest ensembles and have won the contest consecutively since 2014. But now the team is prepared to earn another top prize with diligence, said the band’s manager.

[Caribbean Life]
Aug 11, 2017
SK - Despite a reduction in training sessions for the 2017 Pan in Splendor Camp, the organizers were impressed with the level of response they received from the participants. The camp, which was in its third year, saw the organizers reducing the three-week event to two, owing in large part to the small number of participants that turned up last year. However, the organizers were in for a surprise as over 120 children and adults were part of this year’s camp.

[In SKN]
Aug 11, 2017
CA - That's one Toronto steelpan artist's fearful prediction, but she'll fight to keep the music playing. Q&A with Joy Lapps.

[CBC]
Aug 10, 2017
T&T - After 17 years of being held on a Sunday, last year the organisers—Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation (LSFF) switched it to Saturday and the public’s response has been tremendous. Saturday’s parade began a few minutes after its advertised 5 pm start with a libation by Orisa babalorisa Erin Folami. This was followed by short addresses by LSFF chairman Michael Cooper, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Nyan Gadsby-Dolly and Laventille East/Morvant MP Adrian Leonce. Also present was culture director Suzette Corbett.

[Guardian]
Aug 9, 2017
T&T - All is not well within the pan fraternity. A media release issued by Michael L Joseph, public relations officer of governing body Pan Trinbago yesterday, led to harsh words from chairman of the International Steelband Foundation (ISF) Michael Marcano. Joseph said that listening to comments by some detractors of the steelpan fraternity, following a successful show staged by five of the leading large Steelbands in TT, one could believe there is some new development in the steelpan world that makes Pan Trinbago irrelevant.

[Newsday]
Aug 9, 2017
FR - Six membres de la formation les Allumés du bidon se produiront lors du carnaval de Londres à la fin du mois d'août. Ils participeront au concours de steelbands. Si vous êtes un habitué de la fête de la musique de Laval, vous avez sûrement croisé les Allumés du bidon. Place Jean-Moulin, ce steelband tape sur ses instruments en acier “et c'est numéro 1”. A tel point que la musique des Mayennais a séduit Devone Stewart, un musicien trinitadien spécialiste du steel-drum : ce dernier a convié quelques Allumés à se produire au carnaval de Londres, du 16 au 28 août. Un événement qui draine 1,5 million de personnes.

[Courrier de la Mayenne]
Aug 9, 2017
ZA - The senior steelband from Sunridge Primary School participated in the sixth Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival which took place in Boksburg on July 29 and 30. The steelband was the only one to represent Port Elizabeth at the event. They competed against bands from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa. More than 2 000 participants took part in more than 250 performances. The Sunridge band’s hard work paid off when they won prizes for each of the categories they entered. They won third place in the primary school strictly classical division for a small ensemble, third place in the open division for a small ensemble and overall winner in the best performing steelband division.

[News24]
Aug 1, 2017
T&T - Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon says she wants steelpans in classrooms in Africa.

She said yesterday pan should be on the curriculum in the African continent and the idea is already gaining momentum in Nigeria and Ghana.

Gopee-Scoon was speaking at the official launch of the 17th Annual Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Symposium at the Hilton Trinidad, St Ann's.

Its theme was “Reinventing The Triangle XV11: Overcoming Challenges Through International Engagement”.

Among those present were Emancipation Support Committee chairman Khafra Kambon and his wife Asha Kambon, as well as former batting superstar Brian Lara, outgoing Petrotrin chairman Andrew Jupiter and feature speaker Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, United Nations Secretary General Special Representative.

[Express]

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