International News

Aug 19, 2017
SK - The Department of Culture in collaboration with FLOW, invite the public to their third (3rd) annual Pan In Splendour steel pan recital on Friday 4th August, at 6pm at the Basseterre bay road just west of the Treasury.Bring the entire family and friends and enjoy the therapeutic music of the steel pan played by the primary and high schoolers and adults that participated in the third (3rd) annual Pan In Splendour FLOW/Department of Culture’s summer steelpan workshop. For more information, please call the Department of Culture’s Music Specialist, Mr Nigel Williams, at 664-2023. FLOW & the Department of Culture look forward to your presence to enjoy wonderful steelpan music.

[inSKN]
Aug 18, 2017
T&T - Yesterday, Northern Region chairman Gerard Mendez told Pulse: “It seems that the Northern Region is haunted by the negative label attached to the central executive of Pan Trinbago. “It is with deep regret and utter disappointment the Northern Region of Pan Trinbago is left with no alternative but to cancel the Republicrama—Tribute to the Mighty Sparrow. Notwithstanding all the verbal approvals, in particular from the NCC, none were met with written confirmation.

[Guardian]
Aug 18, 2017
T&T - The UK Junior Panorama on Monday 14 August in St Mark’s Park, Notting Hill, was a fantastic showcase of young talent. I had not been to this Panorama in years, but from the comments I heard in the park it was obvious that the standard of music had far exceeded that of previous years. Debi Gardner, British Association of Steelbands (BAS) secretary and adjudicator, commented: “Junior Panorama was the best it’s ever been.” Members of Ebony Steelband Junior band came out in large numbers. It was clear they had been rehearsing intensively, as the song was ‘tight’ and their performance outstanding. David Ijaduola had produced a beautiful arrangement. David is a rising star and at just 27 years old he has been taking home a minimum of three BAS awards annually over the past three years.

[Soca News]
Aug 17, 2017
T&T - Can you imagine standing and playing an instrument for 24 hours continuously, with no breaks for food, water, sleep, or even to use the bathroom? Well, this is exactly what local panman Marcus Lewis is hoping to achieve to set the Guinness record for the “Longest Marathon Playing Steel-Drums”. Lewis, a Tobago native who is known by his nickname Mr Pantastick, hopes to attempt the record before the end of the year. His three-year-old son, Jaydon “Pantastick Jr”, will also be attempting to set a record of his own as the youngest person to play the steelpan for more than an hour. Lewis has already applied and received an acknowledgement from the Guinness World Records Committee.

[Express]
Aug 16, 2017
SX - Dow’s Musical Foundation (DMF) made a lengthy presentation to Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday during a Central Committee meeting. The objective of the meeting was to bring Parliament up to date with DMF’s “Music in the Schools” programme. The Foundation, represented by a team of steel pan lovers and educators, outlined the importance of the steel pan to the development of St. Maarten as a young nation. DMF President Isidore “The Mighty Dow” York wants public schools included in the programme soon. York started out his presentation by stating that his father, steel pan pioneer Chester York, had been struggling for decades without any real assistance from the state in ensuring that the culture of St. Maarten is preserved.

[SXM Talks]
Aug 16, 2017
T&T - Can you imagine a West Indian Caribbean T20 Cricket event that was televised around the world and nobody saw it fit to have a pan round de neck steelband parade around the boundary to be on show along with the tassa bands and masqueraders? Not even once in five games? There was even jab jab but no pan. Who can explain this? Who is responsible for it? What possible logical excuse can be used for this?

[Guardian]
Aug 15, 2017
T&T - The Brian Lara Promenade was alive with the sound of pan music when Pan Trinbago hosted an exhibition on Friday last. Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz expressed hope the event would promote appreciation for the national instrument and knowledge about its past. When asked about the choice of location, he said, “We realise every person passing by stops to watch...women, children, those on their way to work.” The exhibition showcased the craftsmanship of pans made here from the early 1950s to present. Previously, the country imported drums but the exhibition highlighted a new variety of patented pans specially made here which Diaz described as “our inventions, made from scratch”. He also explained there is a great difference between regular drums and the new pans which are louder, more powerful and more durable because of the difference in steel used. He gave the example that that the 27-inch drum has the volume of three pans.

[Newsday]
Aug 14, 2017
T&T - The Woodbrook/ St. James Community Association’s Pan on d’Avenue VI this year will be done in memory of Stephen Derek. The steel pan parade will feature 30 bands on the move, accompanied by traditional mas characters and moko jumbies, following a cultural presentation at Adam-smith Square. The residents of Woodbrook and long standing members of some steelbands will be awarded at the event, that will be held on Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, from Taylor Street to Colville Street on August 26, from 6.30 pm. As usual the annual event is done in celebration of the anniversary of our Independence and in recognition of our national musical instrument the steel pan.

[Newsday]
Aug 14, 2017
T&T - Two pan experts are making the case for using steelpan to educate the nation's youth, push forward diversification in the land, and inculcate innovation while creating wealth for the country. BP Renegades Manager Michael Marcano and Musician Johann Chuckaree say education and respect for pan are key elements for developing Trinidad and Tobago.

[CTVTT]
Aug 14, 2017
GD - The Grenada government Monday said it would launch an investigation into the reasons why the annual Panorama competition did not take place over the last weekend as Grenadians continue to celebrate the annual Carnival activities. Patrons who gathered at the Junior Murray/Rawle Lewis stand of the National Cricket Stadium were told nearly three hours after the schedule start of the event that the competition would not now take place. The organisers, Spicemas Corporation, which receives an annual subvention of EC$700,000 to stage the Carnival activities, says it hopes to stage the Panorama competition this coming weekend.

[Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation]

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