Elite steel band’s training programme turns out largest cohort

VC – Since the Elite Steel Orchestra has been training young pannists for the past eight years, under the canopy of the Pan Against Crime programme, this year marked the largest number of participants. When the 2019 programme ended last Friday, at the compound of the CW Prescod Primary School, 35 persons, between the ages

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Steelband Panorama championships draw hundreds to Crown Heights

US – Seven steel orchestras competed Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum Yard in Crown Heights in the 2019 Panorama Championship. Organizers say the winners of the competition get to go home with a cash prize, a trophy and bragging rights. It was hosted by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. Watch video

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Solos for Tenor Pan by Tracy Thornton

US – Tracy Thornton launches his first “Solos for Tenor Pan” book with 7 Tenor Pan Solos, 1 Tenor and Cello Duet, and 1 Chamber Piece. It is available on September 1st through Engine Room Publishing. →

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‘Big 5’ to honour Neville Jules

TT – Today’s world requires mutually beneficial partnerships to leverage creati­vity, experience and resources. This is the philosophy behind the collaboration of five of the world’s most celebrated steel orchestras. The International Steelband Foundation’s “Big 5—The Steelband Concert 3rd Edition”, brings together WITCO Desperadoes, Massy Trinidad All Stars, BP Renegades, HADCO Phase II and Republic

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Michael Smith captures Caribbean Carnival in new book

US – If you have ever been to a Caribbean Carnival, you probably remember a lot of vibrant colors, feathers and sequins — little is off-limits in the Carnival parade. The experience of attending Carnival cannot be fully described in words, which is why the glossy pages of Michael Smith’s new book, “Culture Lives Here,”

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