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)
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.
Nov 28, 2014
UK - The director of the new Paddington movie explains how the film's soundtrack came to include classic calypso songs. As the Paddington film opens this weekend, audiences will be expecting plenty of mishaps involving a marmalade-loving bear from "darkest Peru". But they might be surprised at a soundtrack packed with calypso songs which hark back to the music of the immigrant community who were settling in Notting Hill - where Paddington bear makes his home - around the time when Michael Bond began writing his classic children's books. "My wife introduced me to this brilliant, but largely neglected music," explains the film's director, Paul King. "This is the music being made in the place where these books were written, by people who arrived on these shores. "It felt like such a glorious gift - they are really upbeat positive songs - for the most part - all about that experience." One of the songs King heard was Lord Kitchener's London is the Place for Me.

[BBC]
Nov 26, 2014
USA - The Hal Leonard Steelpan Method by Liam Teague is now off pres!

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