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Feb 25, 2017
T&T - Small Bands
Feb 25, 2017
T&T - Single Pan Bands and Conventional Steel Orchestras
Feb 25, 2017
T&T - The battle is on tonight for pan supremacy. Sides in the medium and large conventional bands compete in the finals at Queen’s Park Savannah from seven o’clock. Starting with the medium band category, first up will be Pan-Demonium to take centre stage to play Cheers To Life arranged by Akua Leith. But all eyes will be on Pan Elders Steel Orchestra that will be going for the beaver trick. At the Savannah Party two weeks ago, the band was considered by most to have given the performance of the event. They won the semi final in gran fashion, beating the second placed steelband by nine clear points.

[Newsday]
Feb 24, 2017
T&T - Single Pan Bands, Small & Large Conventional Steel Orchestras
Feb 24, 2017
T&T - Japanese Audio Engineer, Yoichi Watanabe sought to dispel the myth that Japanese were making steelpans for Trinidad and Tobago. However, he maintained it was important to improve the quality of the sound. Watanabe was joined by fellow panellists engineer Kenny Phillips, Katz Imai, John Smith and Sean Louis Sandiford, during the Carnival Lunchtime Lecture Series “Recording Steelpan” at NALIS Audio Visual Room, Abercromby Streets, Port of Spain, on Wednesday. Consensus among the panelists was that the quality of the sound and steelband arrangements should be greatly improved.

[Express]
Feb 23, 2017
SE - Stockholm Steelband tar stockholmarna lite närmare Trinidad. Med instrument gjorda av oljefat skapade orkestern karnevalsstämning på Drottninggatan. Instrumenten är gjorda av oljefat, vanliga bensinfat som är stämda och avkapade, behandlade och hamrade på så att det blir olika noter i dem. Det är samma toner som används som när man spelar piano när oljefatsorkestern spelar på sina olika faten. Men alla oljefaten har olika toner.

[Sveriges Radio]
Feb 23, 2017
T&T - Members of bpTT Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra (RYSO) made history last Sunday (February 19) when they won the Junior Panorama Final contest in the Elite category with a rendition of Calypso Rose’s Leave Me Alone. The win gave them the only beaver trick registered in the National Panorama Competition file, and their tenth win. The Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra was formed in July 1999 but officially launched on May 10, 2000. British Petroleum TT at once sponsored it.

[Guardian]
Feb 23, 2017
T&T - It’s mid-morning Wednesday and this interview is clearly not going to happen. Desmond “Mappo” Richardson is probably capable of hearty, colourful conversation, but not today in the Desperadoes panyard four days before Panorama semifinals. Attempts to get Bertram Kellman and Leonard “Lenny” Lera have come up blank. It’s busy season and phone calls are not easily answered (or remembered) above the ring of the notes or during rare hours of restful sleep.

[Guardian]
Feb 23, 2017
T&T - Carnival lovers give it their all, whether designing a costume, preparing a calypso for the big yard or fine-tuning an arrangement for the Panorama finals. It’s especially so for Akiela Hope, an editorial coordinator and writer at Guardian Media Ltd, whose love for the steelpan shines brighter each Carnival. One of the front liners in Phase II Pan Groove for the past 14 years, this creative mother of one is also a seasoned actress with a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester.

[Guardian]
Feb 23, 2017
T&T - Persons traveling to T&T to celebrate Carnival 2017 will be greeted with a ‘Carnival Welcome’ by Caribbean Airlines. The Airline kicked off its annual customer appreciation with the launch of its “Welcome to the Warmth of the Islands” event on February 17th. All passengers traveling on Caribbean Airlines flights from New York, Toronto, Grenada, Barbados and Georgetown were treated to Steelpan by the Invaders Steel Orchestra, host Patrick ‘Hypeman’ Alexis along with a live DJ, and old time Carnival Characters including the Dame Lorraine and Moko Jumbie. The treats continued with complimentary doubles and the traditional “Red” soft drink, as well as Carnival Care packages, which included ‘Carnival Safety Tips’ provided by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. Lucky passengers also won airline tickets and passes to Carnival parties and events. The Tourism Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (TDC) was also on hand to promote its new Tourism app – “Go Trinbago.” For Carnival 2017, the airline intends to shuffle approximately 30, 000 passengers into Port of Spain with the operation of over 250 international and regional flights.

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