Archive of International News Items

Jul 5, 2015
UK - Presentation at Carnival Arts and Masquerade Foundation CAMF, Pioneers of Notting Hill Carnival Awards, Sunday 5th July 2015, Yaa Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, Maida Vale London W9. By Michael La Rose

Mas in Notting Hill Carnival: Art, Education and History (.pdf)
Jun 23, 2015
T&T - During the summers of the mid-1960s, social worker Rhaune Laslett persuaded Russ Henderson and his steelband trio to parade on the streets of Notting Hill at different events she had. The complex history of London’s Notting Hill Carnival is widely understood to evolve from these events. From this humble beginning grew one of the largest Carnivals in the World. Prior to that, Claudia Jones and her newspaper West Indian Gazette had staged a series of annual pre-Lenten Carnival cabarets from 1959 to 1964 at various venues.
Mar 29, 2015
NL - I brought back some pictures of my vacation in the Netherlands, where I have visited Frauke Lühning and her Bijlmer Steelband Kids in their own new panyard. The pan music school is an after school programme for children between 9 and 15 years. These children are very talented pan enthusiasts, some of the hardcore players hardly wanted to leave after the official rehearsal. Frauke is far more than just their passionate music teacher and arranger. She's role model, cultural activist and social worker as well. And she's way too humble as she's doing a fantastic job there!

Visit at the Bijlmer Steelband Kids
Mar 16, 2015
UK - Terry Noel, the longtime Leader of the Melodians Steel Orchestra UK went to Windsor Castle on March 6 this year where Queen Elizabeth II awarded him with an MBE, Member of the Order of the British Empire, for his contribution to steelbands in the UK. It was a fitting honor for a leader in the globalisation of pan.
Mar 9, 2015
GY - A women’s History Month Tribute
Female Musical Trailblazers: The first “All Girls Steel Bands” of Guyana*
By Lear Matthews
Feb 24, 2015
T&T - The traditional method of manufacturing the steel-pan included ‘dishing out’ a bowl from a 55 gallon oil drum and hammering out the notes. Notes are then marked and grooved out. To make a steel-pan the craftsman first chooses the drum, then finds and marks its centre. Next, the flat surface of the oil drum is sunk using a series of hammers of decreasing weight until the surface resembles that of a concave bowl. Sinking the drum is followed by counter sinking; grooving the steel-pan, by using a dull punch to avoid bursting of the surface; cutting the drum; cutting the skirt length; burning the pan to temper the steel, making notes more resonant; tuning the steel-pan; then finally blending the steel-pan.
Feb 23, 2015
T&T - Souvenir postage stamps bearing the images of President Anthony Carmona, Pope Francis and a steelpan between them were released last year March in Ghana.
Feb 15, 2015
T&T - Panorama Final Results of Single Pan Bands, Small, Medium and Large Steel Orchestras,
Feb 9, 2015
T&T - National Junior Panorama Finals 2015, results Under 21, Secondary School and Primary School categories.
Dec 17, 2014
USA - Says that new film’s Caribbean premiere is slated for mid-January in Port of Spain

Dr. Geoffrey Dunn, the award-winning filmmaker and bestselling author who has spent much of the last 15 years working on the Calypso Dreams Documentary Film Project in Trinidad and Tobago, has been named 2015 Artiste of the Year for his region in Northern California.

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