PAN-JUMBIE

Trinidad All Stars invests in a new future

TT – The Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra has ten Panorama titles under its belt.

The orchestra’s performance of Scrunter’s (Irwin Reyes Johnson) Woman on the Bass in 1980 is one of the most iconic Panorama final’s night performances ever.

It is undeniable the impact Trinidad All Stars has had on Carnival and culture in this country.

In 1982 Trinidad All Stars was awarded the Humming Bird Gold Medal for its contribution to this country.

But now the orchestra is hoping to hit the right notes in another sector.

“Panorama as an event, while it is a cultural event, and it is necessary, and it is part of who we are, financially it is a loss-maker. You will win Panorama and still financially lose,” the orchestra’s manager Nicholas Williams told Guardian Media.

“But we still take part in it because it is part of who we are and it is part of Carnival,” Williams said.

“What we have realised is that there is life beyond Panorama,” he said.

Trinidad All Stars was established in 1935 and will celebrate its 86th anniversary this year.

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