International News

Oct 14, 2017
T&T - The decision of the Cousoumeh Caravan to marry the potency of the steelpan with its rich heritage, in a musical form where the players become the actors, and the music they bring forth, becomes the message, is reaping large dividends for the Siparia-based group. The story of the pan, told through the amazing instrument, dance, drama and spoken word, so impressed the people of Chicago during the Cousoumeh Caravan’s riveting tour in August, that it has evolved into a proposed 15-city, US tour for the group in 2018.

[Newsday]
Oct 14, 2017
T&T - Classical Jewels XI, scheduled for November 18 - 19, is being branded as “the ultimate steelband concert for 2017.” Headlined by Massy Trinidad All Stars the event is titled From Jules to Jemmott, two of the band’s iconic arrangers. This year’s edition of this even is significant in that it marks 70 years since the steel orchestra adopted the name Trinidad All Stars, spawned out of Hell Yard in Port-of-Spain, previously named Hell Yard Cross of Lorraine and Second Fiddle.

[Guardian]
Oct 14, 2017
USA - Paradise is a state of mind and a Caribbean vacation may be closer than you think. In Friday's Zevely Zone, Jeff's went to the Tequila Factory in Old Town with a music group that marches to the beat of a different drum. Salsa Steel performs at the Tequila Factory on Monday and Wednesday nights. They'd also love to play at your next wedding, beach or corporate party.

[CBS8]
Oct 14, 2017
UK - StClair Morris enjoyed a unique position in the education system of his adopted city of Leeds by becoming its first teacher of Caribbean-style music played on the steel pan. Mr Morris, who died last week, had come to Yorkshire from
St Kitts at 16, and was, in addition to being a talented musician, a lay preacher and a “roadie” for other bands, for whom he drove a van. Deciding eventually to form his own outfit, he put together the Paradise Steel Band nearly 60 years ago. It was still playing on the week of his death.

[Yorkshire Post]
Oct 14, 2017
T&T - Couva Joylanders Steel Orchestra successfully hosted its fourth annual concert Titans of Steel – Celebration of a Nation featuring the NGC Sweet Tassa, NGC Couva Police Youth Club, Laventille Rhythm Section, Tamana Pioneers, Newtown Playboyz and PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars. The Titans of Steel concert series is part of the Joylanders’ Wealth Generation Project which aims to make band become self-sustaining and financially-viable through such community-based events. The band opened its home base named House of Steel in December 2012 and hosted its first concert at the venue in 2014. NGC began sponsoring Joylanders’ in 2012. Titans of Steel IV was held on September 30 without financial support of NGC. This is a major step towards achieving sustainability and operating as a business model, said a media release.

[Newsday]
Oct 6, 2017
T&T - Reigning National Panorama champions Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra stole the show with a diverse set during the We Goin Down Sando steel pan show, on Thursday night, at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA), San Fernando.

[Express]
Oct 6, 2017
USA - What started as an honors class project for Joliet Junior College student Joseph Garcia and natural sciences professor Dr. Andy Morrison has morphed into a very unique scientific research project, combining science and music. “We set out to discover how vibrations travel when a steelpan is played,” Morrison said in a news release. “When you play a piano, one key strikes one string at a time, making one note. In a steelpan, all the notes are embedded in that one piece of metal.”

[The Herald News]
Oct 6, 2017
T&T - Following last evening’s staging of We goin’ down Sando steelband concert by the International Steelband Foundation (ISF) at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (Sapa), the national instrument continues to enjoy a place of prominence on the local entertainment calendar. Last night’s event featured reigning National Panorama champion Massy Trinidad All Stars, First Citizens Supernovas and Skiffle Steel Orchestra.

[Guardian]
Oct 3, 2017
USA - Today Steel Pan groups can be found anywhere that Caribbean communities are heavily saturated. There is an organization that is helping to keep the culture growing right here in South Florida. The organization is The Melo Groove Steele Orchestra Inc, a non-profit organization started through the inspiration of a Trinidadian who played Steel Band instruments since the age of 12 during the early decades of the Steel Pan Movement. The late Mr. Melville Esdelle (1939 – 1992) had come to Florida where he taught children how to play the Steel Pan instruments. The organization began operations in the city of Sunrise the 1st of January 2016, continuing that mission of Esdelle, affectionately called Melo.

[sflcn]
Sep 25, 2017
T&T - A quartet of pan musicians from Trinidad created history three months ago by being the first local pan musicians to perform in Astana, Kazakhstan. The musicians are Kwesi Paul (Pandemonium), Terry Guischard (Skiffle) and, Andre Rikky Robley and Carlon Morris (Desperadoes). The tour was made possible by Asia Events and the Caricom Secretariat. Astana Expo 2017 finally came to a close on September 10 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The theme of the exposition, which commenced on June 10, was Future Energy. The exposition boasted of participants from as many as 115 countries and 22 international organisations. The following 12 Caricom member states participated in the exposition: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and T&T.

[Guardian]

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