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Web Posted - Thursday July 29, 2021
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Best Wishes to panists Kianna Carrington-Dover and Keifer Dover on their marriage

A Moment In Pan

Kianna Carrington-Dover and Keifer Dover

Brooklyn, New York, USA - When Steel Talks (WST) extends best wishes to two of our favorite New York steelpan musicians, Kianna Carrington-Dover and Keifer Dover, on their July 24 nuptials.


Web Posted - Wednesday July 28, 2021
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Panist Wade “Selassie” Simmons of D′Radoes Steel Orchestra has passed

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Brooklyn, New York, USA - When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of panist Wade “Selassie” Simmons.


Web Posted - Tuesday July 27, 2021
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Friend or Foe: Will the next New York Mayor be an Ally of the New York Steelband Music Community?

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams with USSA (United States Steelband Association) President Anthony “Big Tony” Joseph
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams with USSA (United States Steelband Association) President Anthony “Big Tony” Joseph

Brooklyn, New York, USA - If Eric Adams does become Mayor of New York City, will there FINALLY be a Mayor who is an advocate for Pan?


Web Posted - Monday July 26, 2021
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‘ABBA Medley’ - Stockholm All Stars Steelband

Stockholm, Sweden - Stockholm All Stars Steelband of Sweden, performs an ABBA-medley for the European leg of the 2000 World Steelband Music Festival, as arranged by Rudy “Two Lef” Smith.

Stockholm All Stars Steelband

Web Posted - Sunday July 25, 2021
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RIP -- Ursula Tudor... Desperadoes Steel Orchestra’s First Lady of Pan - Passing of an Icon

When Steel Talks extends condolences to family and friends

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - In 2020, Ursula celebrated 50 years of membership with Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, joining the band shortly after Panorama in 1970. She is well-known in all steelpan circles as being the longest-standing female player in history.

When Steel Talks extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the iconic Ms. Ursula Tudor of the legendary Desperadoes Steel Orchestra. She will be severely missed by the global steelpan music community. Ms. Tudor passed on July 21, 2021.




Web Posted - Saturday July 17, 2021
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Pamberi Steel Orchestra Remembers Godwin Bowen

by Andre Moses

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - For each of those nine (9) original pieces, Bowen composed the song and the lyrics and also arranged both the calypso demo version and the Steelband Panorama version. The titles of the songs and the lyrics show an arranger and composer who had taken the time to observe and understand the Panorama tradition and the essence of its dynamic, in order to do justice to it in his music.

Pamberi is grateful for the opportunity that we had to partner with such a gifted and thoughtful musician....Godwin you did good, in fact you did better than good, and students of the steelband, its music and the Panorama tradition owe you a debt of gratitude. Thank you and Nuff Respect!   --  Andre Moses


Web Posted - Saturday July 17, 2021
St. Catharines Standard

PK Hummingbird Steel Orchestra seeking young people and families to learn to play steelpan

Michael Mason, left, is a member of the PK Hummingbird Steel Orchestra. Kay Charles, right, is one of the co-founders of the group
Michael Mason, left, is a member of the PK Hummingbird Steel Orchestra. Kay Charles, right, is one of the co-founders of the group

Ontario, Canada - The sweet alluring sounds of a steel pan drums may remind you of a sandy beach, but they are much closer than you think.

In fact, thanks to PK Hummingbird Steel Orchestra, those sounds can be heard here in Thorold.


Web Posted - Thursday July 15, 2021
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Looking back:  Navajo Nation Youth Perform with the Steelpan at Smithsonian

Twinning of Native American and Steelband Cultures

Navajo Nation Youth perform

Washington, DC - When Steel Talks took off down the I95 highway on a very special assignment. Today we would get to see, meet and hear the performance of a group of talented young people from the Navajo Nation - who among other things have incorporated the steelpan instrument as a major part of their repertoire. The name of their group is the Church Rock Academy Elementary School Steel Drum Band.

The group traveled from Gallup, New Mexico to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC to be part of the museum’s performance events series, and performed in the Potomac Atrium, where native instruments, drums, percussions and Steelpan instruments were laid out and awaiting coming to life under the hands of the musicians. The young musicians from Church Rock Academy of the Navajo Nation gave a musical and ethnic insight into their cultural experience to the audience gathered for their performance at the National Native American Museum.


Web Posted - Thursday July 15, 2021
WABI TV

Steel Drum band Panstorm performs in Bangor

Panstorm performs in Bangor, Maine

Bangor, Maine, USA - The sounds of summer lit up Bangor on Thursday, with steel drum band Panstorm’s free concert at Cascade Park.

The community band was founded 10 years ago by John Kollman, a Hermon School music teacher, and features members of all ages playing steel pans.

The Caribbean-themed music made the crowd get up and dance, which gives the band members that extra bit of motivation.


Web Posted - Wednesday July 14, 2021
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‘Nobody Go Run Me’ - Hells Gate Steel Orchestra

Panyard Recording

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Performing a Khan Cordice-arrangement of ‘Nobody Go Run Me,’ by King Short Shirt, is Hells Gate Steel Orchestra in their yard, in preparation for the 2014 national Panorama competition. Khan Cordice is an eight-time Panorama champion.

Hells Gate Steel Orchestra in Antigua, performing “Nobody Go Run Me”

Web Posted - Tuesday July 13, 2021
When Steel Talks

Rhia Toppin is Pan in Motion 2021 Scholarship Winner

Pan in Motion 2021 Scholarship Winner

Global - Congratulations to the 2021 Pan in Motion Scholarships Winner - Rhia Toppin. The fund is awarded to one high school senior or newly-entering freshman in any United States college/university in the Fall of 2021.


Web Posted - Tuesday July 13, 2021
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Pan Fantasy Steelband - “Unforgettable” - (‘Panyard’ - “Cool Down” version - Audio)

Panyard Recording

Canada’s Pan Fantasy Steel Orchestra - “Cool Down” performance of Unforgettable - the band’s selection for the 2016 New York Panorama competition

New York, USA - Listen to the sounds of Canada′s Pan Fantasy Steelband with arranger Al “Allos” Foster in Brooklyn, New York, getting ready for the 2016 New York Panorama competition, performing “Unforgettable.”


Web Posted - Sunday July 11, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Ten-year-old Lasara Kalloo puts in the hard work to become musician, veterinarian

Lasara Kalloo on tenor pan

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Lasara Kalloo wants to be a musician and a veterinarian.

She already knows that she’ll have to dedicate a lot of time to learn about both fields.

After all, Lasara’s parents, Camille and Sherwin, always remind her that it’s possible to achieve anything once you’re a hard worker and patient.

So daily, you can find Lasara watching animal videos on YouTube or practising the four instruments she plays – the steelpan, drums, keyboards and recorder.

....Since Lasara started playing the steelpan in church, in 2016, she’s learnt to play gospel, pop, classical music and soca.


Web Posted - Sunday July 11, 2021
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Steelpan genius:  Anthony Williams... the making of a master

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....Anthony “Tony” “Muff-Man” “Skip” Williams–Sun Valley, North Stars and Pan Am Jet North Stars (PAJNS)–is the scientist supreme of tuning and creating pans. He was master arranger, composer, innovator, leader, and a man ascribed the title by many I spoke with as “genius of the steelband.”

For the generations whom we have robbed of the knowledge of Williams, let’s set down a few markers which tell the story of the man who developed, arguably, the greatest steelband yet to interpret the calypso, European classics, jazz, among other forms of music.

....In his time from the late 1940s through the 1950s into the 1960s as leader, arranger, composer, tuner and innovator, Muff-Man converted North Stars (it was first Northern Stars) into the celebrated Pan Am Jet North Stars, initiating steelband sponsorship.

....In the 1962 Music Festival at Queen’s Hall, Williams arranged, and with his band played the “Voices of Spring”, still considered one of the greatest of renditions of European classics by a steel band.

....Of the benefits received from its sponsorship by the American airline were the several flights made by the band through the Caribbean, the USA and South America, reaching as far as Argentina. In the 1960s, the band pioneered in touring and playing at historic halls such as Madison Square Garden and the Lincoln Centre in New York.

....Pan Am Jet North Stars music is recorded on three great albums: Trinidad’s Leading Steel Orchestra, Ivory and Steel (with Winifred Atwell) and Souvenirs in Steel. The piece I love most with Atwell is her composition, “Devil’s Daughter” with the pan arrangements done by Williams..


Web Posted - Sunday July 4, 2021
When Steel Talks

Happy Birthday to musician extraordinaire and fashion designer Orisha John - July 4

Orisha John

When Steel Talks extends Birthday Greetings to musician extraordinaire and fashion designer Orisha John.




Web Posted - Saturday July 3, 2021
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Brooklyn Steel Orchestra - ‘Ah Feeling’ - Live On Stage

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - This is Brooklyn Steel Orchestra (BSO) as they performed live, on stage in Trinidad, when they competed in the 2015 International Panorama. They performed “Ah Feeling” by “Lead Pipe” and “Saddis.” 

Brooklyn Steel Orchestra on stage

Web Posted - Saturday July 3, 2021
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Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra - “Curry Tabanca” - (‘International Conference and Panorama’ - Trinidad and Tobago, 2015)

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - This is Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra as they performed live, on stage in Trinidad, when they competed in the 2015 International Panorama. They performed “Curry Tabanca” written by Winsford “Joker” Devine.

Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra at International Conference and Panorama (ICP) in 2015

Web Posted - Friday July 2, 2021
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ADLIB Steel Orchestra - “Like Ah Boss” - (‘Panyard’ - “Cool Down” version - Video)

Panyard Recording

New York, USA - Listen to the sounds of ADLIB Steel Orchestra with arranger Amrit Samaroo in their panyard in Long Island, New York, getting ready for the 2015 Panorama competition, performing “Like Ah Boss.”

ADLIB Steel Orchestra in Long Island, New York, peforming “Like Ah Boss”



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