TT – Since Panorama’s inception in 1963, Shell Invaders Steel Orchestra has never won a competition but, this year, a historic victory came to the pan side from their youth team when they won the 2019 Junior Panorama 21-and-under category, last Sunday, at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Shell Youth Invaders played David Rudder and Voice’s (Aaron St Louis) soca song Madness – not to be confused with Rudder’s 1986 calypso of the same name – arranged by sixth-form Trinity College, Moka student Rashaun Williams, 18, and 19-year-old University of TT (UTT) music student, Jalen Charles.
In an interview with Sunday `Newsday, Charles said, “I don’t have any words. It’s awesome. It’s the best feeling. It’s great joy and excitement, and I can’t wait for next year. When it happened, we couldn’t believe it. The players made it amazing. The performance was clean. The execution was perfect. They made both of us proud on the stage.”