San Juan East Side Symphony crowned

TT – Led onto the court towards their instruments by six-year-old Keana Mohammed (Iron woman), San Juan East Side Symphony would eventually be crowned the new Panorama Single Pan band champions after beating 19 other bands in the final in Arima on Sunday. Coming out of the semi final round in first place with 274

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For the love of Pan

BB – The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) was gifted with a full complement of steel pans to the tune of $25,800 compliments the Massy Foundation. Already a staunch supporter of steel pan here in Barbados through its well established title sponsorship of Pan Pun de Sand for the past 14 years, Massy, through its Foundation,

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Pan Elders prepare to defend title

TT – Based at the bottom of the San Fernando Hill, on Carib Street, Pan Elders Steel Orchestra is seeing some light as it prepares to defend its title for Panorama 2019 in the medium band category. There were anxious moments earlier in the year when a combination of factors – lack of financial assistance,

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A la découverte du steel pan

FR – L’école de musique intercommunale du Grand Chambord propose un stage de découverte et de formation d’un instrument : le steel pan. Le steel pan (ou steel drum), originaire des Caraïbes, est un instrument de percussion facile d’accès avec une sonorité particulièrement agréable. Il est réalisé à partir d’un fût métallique martelé pour produire

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Tokyo players in compound stand-off with used-car dealer

TT – The Tokyo Steel Or­ches­tra will not be com­pet­ing in this year’s Panora­ma com­pe­ti­tion, in large part due to a used-car deal­er from the John John area al­leged­ly re­fus­ing to re­move dozens of ve­hi­cles from their pan yard. This is the first time since the in­cep­tion of the Panora­ma in 1963 that Tokyo Steel

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Pain of playing pan

TT – Pan players, both young and not so young, agree that playing the national instrument is out of love, but what does that love cost, physically? Sunday Newsday met with physical therapist Dr Nicole De Freitas at Total Rehabilitation Centre, Boundary Road Extension, San Juan, to discuss the physical costs of pan playing. De

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