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Web Posted - Wednesday June 30, 2021
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Pan Rebels Steel Orchestra - “Freedom” - (‘Panyard’ version - Audio)

Panyard Recording

New York, USA - Listen to the sounds of Pan Rebels Steel Orchestra with arranger Pelham Goddard on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, getting ready for the 2001 Panorama competition.

Desperadoes Steel Orchestra 45 label

Web Posted - Tuesday June 29, 2021
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Merle Albino-de Coteau - Steelband Music pioneer, adjudicator, educator speaks on Panorama

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “...sometimes describing oneself as a Panist can be met with disgust and even discrimination. The question which follows is “What else do you do?” ...the area from which you have come also sometimes brings discrimination.” Merle Albino-de Coteau.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, steelpan musician, adjudicator, composer, pioneer, arranger and educator - the distinguished Merle Albino-de Coteau gets to the point as she shares her overall thoughts and concerns on Panorama, its past, present and future....


Web Posted - Tuesday June 29, 2021
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Happy Birthday to Steelband Music pioneer, historian, educator Dr. Merle Albino-de Coteau - June 29

When Steel Talks extends Birthday Greetings to Dr. Merle Albino-de Coteau.


Web Posted - Tuesday June 29, 2021
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Amrit Samaroo - Standout Panist, Composer and Arranger Speaks

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Today, musician Amrit Samaroo is known for his sterling arrangements, especially with his band Supernovas Steel Orchestra, having taken them to second place in 2016, behind champions of that year Desperadoes Steel Orchestra - and before that - winning a championship with Supernovas in 2014 while in the small steel orchestra category. But before that, Amrit had been at the helm of the legendary Renegades Steel Orchestra as arranger, following in the footsteps of his late dad, the iconic Dr. Jit Samaroo.

When Steel Talks takes a look back at Amrit in 2012, then preparing for the national Panorama competition in Trinidad & Tobago, in this exclusive interview.


Web Posted - Tuesday June 29, 2021
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Happy Birthday to arranger, panist and composer Amrit Samaroo - June 29

Amrit Samaroo

When Steel Talks extends Birthday Greetings to arranger, panist and composer Amrit Samaroo.




Web Posted - Sunday June 27, 2021
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Winsford “Joker” Devine, the Bard of Trinidad

by Raffique Shah

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - I imagine that like me, most calypso aficionados first became aware of the existence of the late Winsford ‘Joker’ Devine when, in 1980, a virtually unknown calypsonian, ‘King’ Austin Lewis, emerged as a favourite for the calypso monarch title in his debut appearance, singing Devine’s record-breaking composition, ‘Progress’. The affable Austin didn’t win the title, running second to accomplished performer Lord Relator.

But ‘Progress’ shot to the top of the charts with its poetry-like construct and haunting melody, that made it so infectious, it triggered a musical pandemic long before we knew what a pandemic was.

Twenty years later, in the year 2000, ‘Progress’ was acclaimed the Calypso of the 20th Century across the world, wherever calypso was recognized as an important genre of music.


Web Posted - Saturday June 26, 2021
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Ron Berridge Celebration Service

Ron Berridge Celebration Service

Global - Late legendary musician Ron Berridge influenced and defined an era of great music and musicians emanating from the Caribbean. He was one of Trinidad and Tobago′s greatest musicians. Ron Berridge passed away on June 2, 2021 in the USA where he had made his home. Founder and leader of The Ron Berridge Orchestra which included his brother Clem among its members, Ron is simply one of the most influential individuals in music out of the Caribbean for a generation. Indeed - the end of an era.”


Web Posted - Saturday June 26, 2021
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Meet Khan Cordice - Director, Educator, Performing Artist and Arranger - UpClose!

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New York, USA - ....Even at a younger age, Khan Cordice’s talent was set in stone, when as a mere teenager he surpassed veteran musicians in the field of arranging in the Moods of Pan festival in his country back in 2008, triumphing that night. Months later he proceeded to repeat his winning ways and garner more accolades in the even larger annual steelband music competition known as ‘Panorama.’

....Now, with the formalities (music degrees) under his belt, and an even wider worldview of music at his command, a humble but quietly confident Khan Cordice is set to change the world, one initiative, and one student at a time in his country, sharing his knowledge and experience. At the same time, his evolution as an artist and musician extraordinaire maintains, unfolding, one note at a time. Here is his story - to date… in WST’s live interview.


Web Posted - Saturday June 26, 2021
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Happy Birthday to soloist & performing artist Deja Cain - June 26

Deja Cain

When Steel Talks extends Birthday Greetings to soloist and performing artist Deja Cain.

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Web Posted - Saturday June 26, 2021
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Happy Birthday to panist & arranger Dejean Cain - June 26

Dejean Cain

When Steel Talks extends Birthday Greetings to panist, performing artist and arranger Dejean Cain.

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Web Posted - Saturday June 26, 2021
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Happy Birthday to panist & Champion arranger Khan Cordice - June 26

When Steel Talks extends Birthday Greetings to panist, composer, performing artist and arranger Khan Cordice.

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Web Posted - Friday June 25, 2021
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Big Up to panist Chantal Esdelle - June 25

Chantal Esdelle

When Steel Talks extends best wishes to panist and performing artist Chantal Esdelle.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - the panist, ethnomusicologist, musician composer, arranger and educator gives us an honest glimpse into who she is - her observations and concerns along with her love and unrestrained passion for the culture, history, steelpan instrument, its music, the art form and more.


Web Posted - Thursday June 24, 2021
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Audience members participate by howling and whistling during BYUH’s Shaka Steel outdoor twilight concert

Members of Shaka Steel playing at their concert on June 18, 2021.
Members of Shaka Steel playing at their concert on June 18, 2021.

Hawaii, USA - A group of more than 50 members of the BYU–Hawaii community gathered outside the Cannon Activities Center, unmasked and under the evening sky to enjoy a musical set by the Shaka Steel Band. The band is a group of students, faculty and community members headed by Dr. Darren Duerden of the Faculty of Culture, Language & Performing Arts. Toes tapped and children danced as the group performed nine pieces on June 18, 2021, surprising listeners with several different genres of music.

Ryo Oshiro, a Laie community member and BYUH alumnus, said he enjoyed attending his first Shaka Steel concert since he moved to Hawaii 14 years ago. “It was great. I’ve been to several concerts on campus, but this was my first time sitting through the whole concert.

“There were a lot of genres. I didn’t expect to hear music from classical to contemporary. It was surprising but awesome.”


Web Posted - Thursday June 24, 2021
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Happy Birthday to  Anthony Williams - April 24

Global - When Steel Talks extends Birthday Greetings to the legendary panist, composer, champion arranger, innovator and performing artist Anthony Williams.

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Web Posted - Wednesday June 23, 2021
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Straight Out of Louisiana - Rhythm and Blues Steel Panist Gregory Boyd - UpClose!

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Gregory Boyd in session at NY’s Smash Studios
Gregory Boyd

New York, USA - Gregory Boyd is good, real good. Furthermore, he is on the cutting edge. Originally from Louisiana, USA, and now hailing from Denmark, this artist is like no other who has graced the steelpan music instrument.

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, the singer and steelpanist - a product of his rich musical heritage and history - took  us through his unusual journey with the steelpan instrument to his then-new release “Transformation,” and the New York engagement he had been in town for. Rock, Funk, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and lots of soul - it’s all Gregory Boyd...


Web Posted - Wednesday June 23, 2021
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Happy Birthday to panist Giselle Desir - June 23

Giselle Desir

When Steel Talks extends Birthday Greetings to panist, performing artist and dancer Giselle Desir.

Pan brings much joy into her life, and she wishes it would do the same for others. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist, performing artist and dancer Giselle Desir shares her passion for Pan and the steelpan art form overall.

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Web Posted - Tuesday June 22, 2021
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Songwriter, PanMan Winsford “Joker” Devine - the Man, the Songs, the Legend - UpClose!

Global - He is one of the most prolific, well-known songwriters to have ever walked the planet. With over 600 (six hundred) songs under his belt and to his credit, his songs have shaped and influenced generations. And in no short order he is one of the greatest creators of songs that have defined and championed all aspects of Trinidad and Tobago life and culture. Music that has touched the soul, defined and crossed generations, are undeniably his..

From Sparrow’s ‘Rope,’ to Baron’s ‘Somebody,’ to Machel Montano’s ‘Too Young To Soca’ to Mighty Trini’s ‘Sailing’ and so many more - these world-renowned artists have all profited significantly from the pen of Winsford “Joker” Devine. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, the former panist and eternal songwriting great pulls no punches as he lays out his career experiences, pains, disappointments and triumphs.


Web Posted - Tuesday June 22, 2021
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RIP - The legendary composer and panist - Dr. Winsford Devine has passed

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of the legendary composer and panist - Dr. Winsford Devine.

Winsford Devine
Winsford Devine

Web Posted - Sunday June 20, 2021
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Happy Birthday to panist Alexis Schloss - June 20

Alexis Schloss

When Steel Talks extends Birthday Greetings to panist, model, choreographer and performing artist Alexis Schloss.

Multi-talented, multi-disciplined and focused. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist, model, choreographer and college student Alexis Schloss shares her reflections, experiences and views on Pan, and the steelpan art form overall.  

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Web Posted - Tuesday June 15, 2021
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Meet Tamaki Hagihara - Tokyo, Japan

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Meet Tamaki Hagihara - Japan

Tokyo, Japan - In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Tamaki Hagihara shares her personal journey and perspective on the global reach and influence of the Steel Pan instrument, its music, and the art form in cultivating an environment for change.


Web Posted - Tuesday June 15, 2021
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Calliope’s Children Steel Orchestra - “Brazilian Suite” | Jimmy Leyden, arranger

Calliope’s Children

Global - Calliope′s Children Farewell Concert 6/12/77.  “Brazilian Suite”, performed on Ellie Mannette′s pans.  Batucada, Berimbau, Santana Manha de Carnival, Samba de Orfeo.




Web Posted - Friday June 11, 2021
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Claudette Baptiste, Founder of Women in Steel - Obituary

by Collette Baptiste

Global - Claudette Baptiste was born to Yvonne and Ruthven Callendar in the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago.

....My mother, also referred to as “MA,” had a deep passion for babies and young people. She often was surrounded by young people, just hanging out shooting breeze.

....This passion for young people led her to the birth of Women In Steel. Women In Steel is an all-female steel orchestra and young women’s development organization. It was founded in March (Women’s Month) in the year 1994, out of sincere aspiration to educate and model for young girls socially, emotionally, and culturally through the art form of the steel drum or the pan. Women in steel became her work in progress and eventually her legacy.


Web Posted - Wednesday June 9, 2021
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Remembering fantastic mother, musician, and friend Tressy Edwards - RIP

Tressy Black
Tressy Edwards

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “Being a member of Phase II, it is very humbling yet proud for me. I love it there because we are all like family - everyone with their own personalities but we get along for one purpose. I love the rigorous practice sessions and just to acknowledge that “Boogsie” is the Mozart of pan, is a thrilling feeling. Just to be part of it is overwhelming because he does things so differently from the others...” -- Tressy Edwards

Full of pride and joy over her Phase II membership, veteran panist Tressy Edwards shares her love for music, the artform and more. Share the real life of Tressy Edwards—in her own words—in a When Steel Talks exclusive.


Web Posted - Wednesday June 9, 2021
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RIP - Panist Tressy  Edwards of Phase II Pan Groove has passed

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of panist Tressy Edwards of Phase II Pan Groove.

Tressy Edwards
Tressy Edwards

Web Posted - Sunday June 6, 2021
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 James “Jimmy” Leyden of The Calliope’s Children Steel Orchestra has passed

James Leyden
James Leyden - image via Linfield Archives screengrab
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Oregon, USA - James “Jimmy” Leyden of The Calliope’s Children Steel Orchestra passed away recently at the age of ninety-nine.  Leyden formed and wrote charts for “Calliope′s Children,” one of the first High School steelbands in the US.  He introduced Ellie [Mannette] to the strobe tuner and worked extensively with him on harmonic and overtone concepts (in Chappaqua, New York in 1971). Leyden toured with  “Calliope′s Children” in Romania (1975) and Poland and Russia (1977).  Leyden first came into contact with steelpan while vacationing in Tobago, sister isle of Trinidad, in 1957.
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Web Posted - Saturday June 5, 2021
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Ron Berridge, Caribbean Music Extraordinaire speaks on the Steelpan and More - UpClose!

Global - In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, musician great Ron Berridge shares his thoughts on Caribbean music and Pan. He is simply one of the most influential individuals of music out of the Caribbean for a generation and by extension Steelpan music. His influence and reach, coupled with a series of fortuitous sequences of events, are still being felt in the steelpan music world today. From Lord Kitchener to the Mighty Sparrow, the musical works of Ron Berridge live on.


Web Posted - Thursday June 3, 2021
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“Fruits Basket” - Panorama Steel Orchestra

Arranger:  Yoshihiro Harada

Panorama Steel Orchestra - Japan

Tokyo, Japan - Panorama Steel Orchestra performing “Fruits Basket” as arranged by Yoshihiro Harada. 


Web Posted - Thursday June 3, 2021
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RIP - Big band arranger Ron Berridge of Trinidad & Tobago Remembered - in Pictures

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of the late great Ron Berridge. He was one of Trinidad and Tobago's greatest musicians. Berridge passed away on June 2, 2021. It is an honor to celebrate and remember him, along with his band The Ron Berridge Orchestra, in imagery

Ron Berridge
Ron Berridge

Web Posted - Thursday June 3, 2021
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Meet Yoshihiro Harada - Explorer, Pioneer, Panist, Composer, Arranger, Educator, Recording Artist and Band leader - UpClose!

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Yoshihiro Harada
Yoshihiro Harada

Japan - On why has the pan risen with such great popularity in Japan, Yoshihiro Harada says:

"The first reason is the charming sound of the instrument. It is a very fresh sound in Japan. The second reason is that we can practice and play with many people. Professionals and beginners can play together. I think these are common reasons. Also - and this is interesting - sometimes with elderly Japanese people the soft sound of a pan can evoke memories and draw them to tears. I can understand that feeling....” That was very degrading and something that lived with me for a long time. ------- Yoshihiro Harada


Web Posted - Wednesday June 2, 2021
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Big band arranger Ron Berridge of Trinidad & Tobago has passed - The end of an era

Ron Berridge
Ron Berridge

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Late legendary musician Ron Berridge influenced and defined an era of great music and musicians emanating from the Caribbean. He was one of Trinidad and Tobago′s greatest musicians. Ron Berridge passed away on June 2, 2021 in the USA where he had made his home. Founder and leader of The Ron Berridge Orchestra which included his brother Clem among its members, Ron is simply one of the most influential individuals in music out of the Caribbean for a generation. Indeed - the end of an era.




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