Paging Dr Ray Holman to receive honorary doctoral degree from UWI

TT – Pannist Ray Holman says his upcoming presentation of an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) signals a growing respect for pan and the calypso artform. “To me, this signalled that gradually our society has begun to attach a significant value to practitioners in the steelpan

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With a ‘rebirth,’ the New York Carnival returns virtually and in-person

US – Forgoing its colorful, costume-filled, million person-plus Labor Day parade, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association last week announced “The Rebirth of New York Carnival 2021” — a reshaped and reduced three-day festival of virtual and in-person events, adhering to COVID-19 precautions. The carnival events, held in conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum, take

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New home for Despers seen as tourism revenue earner

TT – A new home for the Desperados Steel Orchestra could mean additional foreign exchange and a chance for cultural diversification. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell urged the band to make full use of the facility at the official sod-turning ceremony yesterday at the corner of Nelson and George Streets,

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T&T’s Caribbean Steelband Connextion

TT – The only form of T&T entertainment that will be enjoyed at the Marcus Mosiah Garvey Foundation’s (MMGF) first virtual, but second annual, Dinner and Dance Gala event scheduled for August 17, is the Port-of-Spain band, Caribbean Steelband Connextion (CSC), being the first steelband to perform at the event. The 11-member group was also

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Pan Trinbago focuses on economic sustainability

TT – It has been 29 years since pan was declared the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, and since then, every August Pan Trinbago commemorates Pan Month with a series of events. This year, though, because of the restrictions imposed by the covid19 pandemic, all planned events are largely virtual. The month-long celebrations began

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Steelpan Month kicks off with Education

TT – “Steelpan Month (August 1 to 31) is a precious, honourable and sacred time for the pan community,” according to the president of Pan Trinbago, the world governing body for pan, Beverly Ramsey-Moore. “The instrument is celebrated in various ways. We want everyone to know the true fullness and resilience of pan. COVID-19 has

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