Steelpan: Hammer meets drum

TT – David Rudder sings about the man with the hammer in his song about steelpan tuner, the late Rudolph Charles. But how does a man with a hammer turn a used oil drum into a percussion instrument capable of making our feet tap and our bodies sway? Newsday photographer Ayanna Kinsale went to Scherzando

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Continuing a legacy, Stalin’s grandson embraces pan, calypso

TT – Kevan Calliste is preserving and continuing the cultural legacy of the iconic calypsonian Leroy “Black Stalin” Calliste. While the world knows him as one of TT’s great cultural ambassador, to Kevan, the son of Stalin’s daughter Abiola, he is simply granddad. Since the legendary Stalin suffered a stroke in 2014 he has been

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Wrong Again, the popular choice of steelbands

TT – Wrong again, one of the more popular songs for the Carnival season, is the choice of three medium and four large steelbands for Panorama this year. Composed by and sung by Skinny Banton (Shirlan George) from Grenada, the song has been popular in the Carnival fetes and is receiving maximum rotation on radio

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Guaico Pres Primary does a double

TT – Guaico Presbyterian Primary School has held on to its National Junior Panorama (primary) title for 2020. Their winning performance of Savannah Grass by Kes earned them 283 points– four points ahead of second place winner St Margaret’s Boys’ AC Primary School– at the Queens Park Savannah on Sunday. Playing in position ten, the

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Renegades Youth tops pan prelims

TT – The BBTT Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra is going into Sunday’s National Jr Panorama final with a boost of confidence, having topped the 21 and Under Category preliminaries which was held on Wednesday. The band will play last, in position 10, in Sunday’s final at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. Playing Trouble

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