TT – Couva Joylanders made history on Sunday when they were crowned Panorama Champions of the medium band category when the historic final was held in Tobago for the first time.
For last year’s champions Pan Elders, however, the news may have been a bitter pill to swallow as, for the first time in about eight years, the southern steelband had been eliminated from the competition at the semifinal stage one week before.
The seven-time champion band from Carib Street, San Fernando, had experienced a sudden nose-dive from first to 11th place in the semifinal at the Queens Park Savannah.
Pan Elders enjoyed a winning streak with long-standing arranger Duvone Stewart, but the two parted company after Carnival 2019. Kendall Williams, one of New York’s most respected pan arrangers/composers/performers, who previously arranged for CAL Skiffle, replaced Stewart.