Two pan stalwarts die this week

T&T – The Mighty Sparrow sang many years ago: Every year somebody dear Give us cause to shed a tear And mourn for they are gone Now all that’s left is a faint memory Based on the theme of a strange melody Still we must think of them And recall their image with pride Telling

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Skinny Banton not seeking royalties from steelbands

TT – Adanna Asson, publicist for Skinny Banton (Shirlan George), has distanced the artiste and his management from claims that he was seeking royalties from steelbands who performed his mega-hit, Wrong Again, during this year’s Panorama competition. BPTT Renegades hoped to score a hat-trick with the song in the Panorama finals on Saturday night. While

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PM announces Despers to get new home

TT – The Desperados Steel Orchestra will have a new home later this year. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement last night while watching the team practice for tomorrow’s Panorama finals. “I got a report from UDeCOTT which confirmed that we are building for you, starting in April, a proper steelpan theatre at

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Expired: ‘Awesome’ pan final

TT – This was how Pan Trinbago president Beverly Ramsey-Moore on Monday described Tobago’s historic hosting of the National Panorama medium conventional bands final on Sunday night at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet. “I do not have words to describe. It was awesome. I am at a lost for words,” she told Newsday on Monday.

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All Stars founder passes on

TT – Pan pi­o­neer Neville Jules, who found­ed the Trinidad All Stars steel or­ches­tra and in­vent­ed the bass pan, died yes­ter­day just three months short of his 93rd birth­day. News of his pass­ing was an­nounced on the band’s Face­book page, ac­knowl­eg­ing him as “the foun­da­tion up­on which #all­stars is built – be­cause of him we

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Playing to pan’s strengths

TT – The experience of the Panland steelpan manufacturing company, highlighted in last week’s Business Day cover story, is instructive. Though some of the country’s greatest pan tuners have plied their trade at the company and its instruments have journeyed all over the world, it has still experienced challenges in moving beyond small scale, niche

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