Regrello remembers pan ‘warlord’

TT – San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello has expressed his sadness on the death of leader of NLCB Fonclaire Steel Orchestra, Milton “Wire” Austin, on Sunday. Newsday understands Austin, 79, died at his home in Pleasantville on Sunday morning. Regrello, who is also the leader of TCL Skiffle Bunch, said, “We have lost one of

Read More »

Warming hearts for Christmas

TT – Expressing who he is second-nature to steelpan aficionado Jaison O’Connor. Although he has lived in the United States for almost 20 of his 38 years, he is Trinidadian at his core. When asked to do a video clip for a virtual Christmas card to brighten the spirits of staff members in Boston, O’Connor

Read More »

Pan matriarch Karen Codrington dies

TT – Karen Codrington, the mother of the popular pan band the Codrington Pan Family, has died. On its Facebook page the family band said Codrington died on December 15. They thanked everyone for their prayers and sentiments and asked people to remain patient until further updates were given. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and

Read More »

Steelpan tutor gets 9 years for relationship with student, 12

TT – A steelpan tutor who began a sexual relationship with a then 12-year-old student in 2009, which eventually resulted in three children, has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Although Everton Joseph was convicted of six charges of having sex with a minor under the age of 14 earlier this year, he was

Read More »

Buccament Bay Secondary joins Pan Against Crime family

VC – The Buccament Bay Secondary School has officially joined the Pan Against Crime family and is looking to use the steel pan to effect positive change in the lives of students. Last Thursday, November 26, the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF), in collaboration with the Pan Against Crime programme, handed

Read More »

Pan inventor Jomo Wahtuse dies

TT – Jomo Wahtuse, the inventor of the world’s largest steelpan, known as the Jomoline, died on Sunday night. According to, Wahtuse was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest pan in the world. The website said the Jomoline was presented and measured in Port of Spain on November 12, 2010. He was

Read More »