Pannists show love at Sapa

TT – Top steelbands BP Renegades and CAL Skiffle teamed up for a show titled Hello, This is the Year for Love, which reflected the names of the calypsoes which earned the respective bands their first and second placing in the Panorama competition.

Renegades won with a Duvone Stewart arrangement of Aaron “Voice” St Louis’ Year for Love, and CAL Skiffle placed second with a Kendall Williams, Marc Brooks and Odie Franklin arrangement of Kees Dieffenthaller’s Hello.

The show also commemorated Renegades’ 70th anniversary. The band got its name from a Hollywood movie of the same name back in 1948.

The concert at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (Sapa) on Republic Day was nostalgic for San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello, who presented Renegades with a gift to commemorate the anniversary. He recalled sometime in the 1990s, one of the trucks transporting Skiffle’s float to Panorama, got into an accident. He said Renegades came to the band’s rescue, lending them its float, so they could perform.

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