Governor Roper’s steelpan skills excite crowd

CI – It may have been the Queen’s birthday celebrations, but H.E. Governor Martyn Roper stole the show. He had the crowd going at his inaugural Queen’s birthday garden party at Government House on Saturday (8 June). Governor Roper confessed he had no musical skills and credited Earl La Pierre and some intense weeks of

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Pan Pun De Sand now free

BB – The National Cultural Foundation has reversed its decision to put an admission fee on the popular steel pan event, Massy Pan Pun De Sand. News of this came from Chief Executive Officer of the NCF, Carol Roberts-Reifer as she revealed that, thanks to the generous support from a ‘silent’ sponsor, the very popular

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Steel-pan stalwarts passed on unheralded

GY – I suppose I should share a little of the blame for not hearing or knowing that two of Guyana’s expert pannists had passed away. I was therefore not able to utilize the local multi-media to pay appropriate tribute in a timely manner. But then, I was reliably informed that even former Prime Minister

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Make way for Kerry Packer of pan

TT – Is Frank Martineau of Spektakula Promotions the new Kerry Packer of pan? For those who came in late, Packer, an Australian TV magnate, shook up the cricket world with his own version of limited overs cricket – colourful clothing, innovations etc. Building on the idea of the four-band jam of the Steelband Development

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