Boogsie, O’Connor headline pan, kaiso event

TT – Seven-time champion Panorama arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and 2012 Calypso Monarch Duane O’Connor will headline Pan and Kaiso, a fundraiser for the new Ifa Orisa School of Enlightenment. The Ifa Orisa School of Enlightenment is an early childhood care and education centre. It is the first of its kind in TT and will

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Musical guests visit Mott Middle College’s steel drum band

US – The Mott Middle College’s steel drum band had special visitors Tuesday. Isango Ensemble, an internationally acclaimed South African theater company, worked with local young musicians. The band members were very impressed with the student’s abilities. Mandisi with the Isango Ensemble said, “The new songs they are doing, you know, the popular songs and

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TJC Steel Drum Band offers multicultural opportunity for student musicians

US – The Tyler Junior College Steel Drum Line has been performing sounds of the Caribbean since its inception in fall of 2004. Originating in Trinidad and Tobago, the steelpan, or steel drum, is a chromatically pitched percussion instrument made from 55-gallon industrial drums. Familiar traditional steel drum songs include “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett and

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This American Life

US – Producers Marlon Bishop and Nadia Reiman go inside a heated steel pan competition and meet a mother and daughter who could be competing together for the last time. (18 minutes) Listen here

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Pan, Loquan celebrated at NAPA

TT – National Gas Company president Mark Loquan showed off his cultural side with a concert at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) which paid tribute to pan and all who contributed to its success as TT’s national instrument. The show was also a celebration of Loquan’s 20 years of involvement with pan

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Big 5 pan to honour Neville Jules

TT – This year’s edition of the Big 5 concert will honour pan tuner, arranger and player Neville Jules. Jules was a tamboo bamboo player before he began his steelband career tuning for the Hellyard Steelband during the early 1940s, and later the All Stars. This living legend has made significant contributions to the development

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