International News

Jun 29, 2017
AR - Lisandro!” En ese nombre parece resumir John Wooton el modo en que el Festival Internacional de Percusión, organizado por Fundación Cultural Patagonia (FCP), al menos desde 2008, año de su primera visita al evento, a la actualidad. John Wooton es uno de los percusionistas invitados para la 15ª edición de Festival que comenzó ayer y se extenderá hasta el sábado en los espacios de FCP. Y Lisandro es Lisandro Parada, un entusiasta estudiante hace casi diez, hoy devenido virtuoso percusionista del Ensamble de Percusión de FCP y de La Estafa Dub.

[Rio Negro]
Jun 29, 2017
T&T - Students of Febeau Government Primary in San Juan will soon benefit from new steelpan equipment, following a donation of $100,000 from the Scotiabank Foundation. At the cheque presentation, Scotiabank Foundation director Peter Ghany underscored the Foundation’s commitment to helping young people become better off. “The Scotiabank Foundation invests in our young people and communities in the areas of education, empowerment and environment.” This donation, he added, helps us focus on two of these areas – education and empowerment.

[Newsday]
Jun 27, 2017
SX - It promises to be an evening of excellent musicianship and vocal performances. The central performers will be the Junior Gunslingers from the music school, Senior Gunslingers of a certain age and experience, and the Advanced Gunslingers together with invited steel bands FlabeJ from Trinidad and the Nevis Pan Ensemble. The tremendous line-up for the evening is complemented by featured local artistes Benjamin Bell, Tamillia Chance, Malaïka Maxwell, Shadz, Shakya, Baker Jr, Anjolie Sassy, Shanae Rumer, Royalty, Natisha Hanson, Kenyo Baly, and two surprise acts. Layzy Bay parking lot will be transformed with a giant tent for the audience, VIP area, dance floor, and a big stage to accommodate 30-40 musicians and equipment. “This is a Pan Revolution times ten, a culmination of all the concerts that have gone before,” enthuses Gunslingers’ music arranger Aldrich Benjamin. “Our Facebook page has really lit up and our video has had hundreds of views. The concept has changed from the previous years and we believe the Layzy Bay site will uplift it some more.” Benjamin notes success of the Pan Revolution has been partly attributed to emcee and entertainer Ricky Da Phox who he calls an “indispensable” ingredient for the concerts, helping to build up the hype.

[Daily Herald]
Jun 27, 2017
CI - Hurley’s Supermarket shoppers were entertained with lively steel pan music Saturday as Cayman Pandemix took to the supermarket front to raise money for an upcoming trip to Canada. Thirteen members of the group will travel to Toronto from July 27 to Aug. 10 to compete in the Pan Alive competition. Donations were collected for accommodation, transportation and airfares at Hurley’s and the Foster’s Strand Supermarket.

[Cayman Compass]
Jun 22, 2017
USA - Steelpan pioneer Norbert "Four Chords" Augustine died on June 14 at the age of 77 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Augustine was best known as an original member of the T&T National Steelband and for playing steelpan in the United States and Jamaica for the last half century in various groups and working to establish steelpan in both countries.

Obituary by Andrew Martin and Ray Funk (.pdf)
Jun 22, 2017
USA - Using 55-gallon steel oil drums and small, wooden mallets, teens create music during a summer camp at Fauquier High School. Nine teens have learned how to play the Caribbean steel drum summer camp this week at FHS. For three hours each day, a cacophony of drums erupts in the band room.

[Fauquier Now]
Jun 21, 2017
T&T - Most people remember when they got in to their tertiary institution of choice. For Marcus Prince, 22, the day was just as memorable. He knows the exact date and time when he first got into Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Prince is set to graduate from Berklee in 2021, but needs help to get him there. So through the Joseph Foundation for Youth Arts Development, he’s going to host Dare to Dream IV at the Central Bank Auditorium, Port of Spain, on August 13. The proceeds from the show will go toward his studies. The memory seemed as fresh as when it just happened.

[Newsday]
Jun 19, 2017
T&T - It’s official. The interim la­bel has been removed and Akua Leith is now director of the Na­tional Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO). Leith succeeds UWI Professor Jessel Murray, who had previously led the NSSO with distinction from its inception in 2007 until stepping down last year. Leith is an accomplished musician and has been a mem­ber of the NSSO for eight years. He has served as the NSSO’s act­ing artistic director for almost a year but now he has officially been named to the lead position. A cultural jewel, the National Steel Symphony Orchestra is an ensem­ble comprised of some of the best steelpan players in T&T and around the world. Orchestra members are employees of the Ministry of Com­munity Development, Culture and The Arts and serve as an extension of the ministry’s efforts to promote culture and showcase T&T’s national instrument in a wide variety of situ­ations and locations both domesti­cally and internationally. The NSSO has toured the world promoting T&T and has recently been to China, Cos­ta Rica, Guyana, Suriname, Marti­nique and Barbados.

Akua Leith is new artistic director of the National Steel Symphony Orchestra (.pdf)
Jun 18, 2017
USA - Ted Goslin compiled a list of seven film scores that feature the steelpan effectively. The list does not include films with synthesized versions of pan, but real steelpan being performed by a real pan player or players. The list also does not include source music, meaning a radio playing steelpan music or a random band a character passes. The music needs to be part of the score that the composer wrote specifically for the film.

[Pan Magazine]
Jun 17, 2017
T&T - This is an article Nestor Sullivan sent to the local newspaper Express. They are celebrating fifty years this year and he sent this to offer his congratulations. He also sent it to remind them of the important role that newspaper played in 1980, when they wanted to hold a Steelband Music Festival in Trinidad. They were attempting to revive a tradition in steelband, that was absent for several years, and they ran into some problems to get the venue for this event. The Express newspaper intervened on the side of the steelband on this occasion, so Nestor did this letter. It's published on Pan-Jumbie for the benefit of those interested in a bit of steelband history in Trinidad and Tobago.

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