All Stars founder passes on

TT – Pan pi­o­neer Neville Jules, who found­ed the Trinidad All Stars steel or­ches­tra and in­vent­ed the bass pan, died yes­ter­day just three months short of his 93rd birth­day. News of his pass­ing was an­nounced on the band’s Face­book page, ac­knowl­eg­ing him as “the foun­da­tion up­on which #all­stars is built – be­cause of him we

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Playing to pan’s strengths

TT – The experience of the Panland steelpan manufacturing company, highlighted in last week’s Business Day cover story, is instructive. Though some of the country’s greatest pan tuners have plied their trade at the company and its instruments have journeyed all over the world, it has still experienced challenges in moving beyond small scale, niche

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Trinidad & Tobago Carnival’s steel pan competition in photos

One of the highlights of Trinidad and Tobago’s annual Carnival celebrations is the Panorama competition. It’s a musical contest that pits the country’s best steel orchestras against one another as they play a specially arranged instrumental rendition — marked by original variations — of a popular calypso or soca music tune. The competition has been

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Royal Caribbean testing family steel drum lesson activity

US – Royal Caribbean is quietly testing a brand new family activity that could be coming to a cruise ship near you soon. The Steel Pan Family Jam is being tested on select ships, that allows families to learn how to play the steel drums while on their cruise. Royal Caribbean’s Senior Vice President of

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Expired: Supernovas play first in Large Bands final

TT – First Citizens Supernovas will play first at the National Panorama Large Conventional Bands Finals with Massy Trinidad All Stars playing last at number 11. The Steelband finals take place on Saturday, February 22, at Carnival City, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, from 7 pm. The Pan Trinbago produced Carnival flagship event has

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Expired: Supernovas first on stage at Panorama final

TT – First Citizens Supernovas will be first on stage at the National Panorama Large Conventional Steelbands final on Saturday. The draw for playing positions took place at the NCC VIP Suite in the Queen’s Park Savannah on Tuesday. Addressing the media at the event, Pan Trinbago president Beverly Ramsey-Moore said: “We are extremely excited

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