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Web Posted - Saturday October 30, 2021
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Steelband Arranger Ray Holman Accepts Honorary Doctorate

Dr. Ray Anthony Holman
Image:  UWI screengrab

Global - On the morning of Saturday 30 October 2021 at 10:00 a.m. AST, acclaimed steelband arranger, composer, educator and performing artist Ray Anthony Holman was awarded the honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) at its 2021 virtual graduation ceremonies at the Faculty of Humanities and Education.  This the St. Augustine Campus of the educational institution, located in Trinidad & Tobago.


Web Posted - Thursday October 28, 2021
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A look at Champion Steelband Arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

Global - Len “Boogsie” Sharpe was born on October 28, 1953, and started playing the steelpan at the age of four. By the time he was a teenager he had mastered all the voices and different styles of the pan family. By the early seventies, following the pioneering work of Ray Holman in 1972, “Boogsie” became renowned as a composer and arranger of his own music in national competitions, in both the classical and calypso genres.

From that time to the present, he has continued to compose and arrange music for PHASE II PAN GROOVE Steel Orchestra, the band that he co-founded in 1972, and of which he is Chairman and Musical Director.


Web Posted - Thursday October 28, 2021
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‘Billie Jean’ - Phase II Pan Groove - Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

LIVE at the Queen’s Park Savannah - 2005

Phase II Pan Groove - ‘Billie Jean’

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....The place is the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad - the home of the steelpan. The event is the annual Pan In The 21st Century competition... Present are the greatest steelbands and arrangers/composers on the planet. ....Len “Boogsie” Sharpe is one such, and on this night would add more lore to his already legendary status and career. 

Mr. Sharpe with Phase II Pan Groove, would capture second place.  The music and arrangement of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ delivered by the legendary arranger and his orchestra, are now classics in their own time.




Web Posted - Wednesday October 27, 2021
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Honorary doctorate for Steelband Arranger Ray Holman

Ray Holman

Global - Acclaimed steelband arranger Ray Holman is among four people who will receive honorary degrees from The University of the West Indies (The UWI) at its 2021 graduation ceremonies..

At the 10:00 a.m. AST ceremony for the Faculty of Humanities and Education on Saturday 30 October 2021, Mr. Ray Anthony Holman will be awarded the honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt).


Web Posted - Wednesday October 27, 2021
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Pantonic Steel Orchestra - “Live Yuh Life (Like Yuh Playing Mas)” - Video

Panyard Recording

Pantonic Steel Orchestra - 2013

New York, USA - Basement Recordings captures Pantonic as they prepare for the 2013 New York Steelband Panorama competition one day before the event. Pantonic Steel Orchestra performed a Seion Gomez-arrangement of “Live Yuh Life (Like Yuh Playing Mas).”


Web Posted - Sunday October 24, 2021
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NYU Steel Ensemble performs “Don’t Speak”

NYU Steel Ensemble - 2016

New York, USA - When Steel Talks captures NYU Steel Ensemble as they perform “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt at the 2016 NYU Steel Ensemble Spring Concert held at the the Frederick Loewe Theatre on the campus. 


Web Posted - Wednesday October 20, 2021
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ADLIB Steel Orchestra - “Big People Party” - (‘Cool Down’ version - Video)

Panyard Recording

ADLIB Steel Orchestra - 2014

Long Island, New York, USA - Basement Recordings captures ADLIB as they prepare for the 2014 New York Steelband Panorama competition shortly before the event. ADLIB Steel Orchestra performed an Amrit Samaroo-arrangement of “Big People Party.” This is the ‘Cool Down’ version..


Web Posted - Monday October 18, 2021
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Congratulations to Wilfred “Junior” Kieal - 2021 Miami Panorama Champion Arranger

Wilfred “Junior” Kieal
Wilfred “Junior” Kieal

Brooklyn, New York, USA - When Steel Talks (WST) extends congratulations to Wilfred “Junior” Kieal on his victory with Metro Steel Orchestra, as 2021 Miami Panorama champion arranger.


Web Posted - Sunday October 17, 2021
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Metro Steel Orchestra - “Tell Me Why ” - (‘Panyard’ version - Audio)

Panyard Recording

Metro Steel Orchestra

New York, USA - The year is 1990; the place is Panorama night at the Brooklyn Museum, and master arranger Clive Bradley is about to win his third New York Panorama with this arrangement. Bradley captures the crowd before the intro is even completed.




Web Posted - Wednesday October 13, 2021
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Baldwin Spencer - Former Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda speaks on the Moods of Pan Steelpan Music Festival - and on Barack Obama

A When Steel Talks Exclusive

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - He is deep intellectually, articulate, forward thinking, charismatic, pragmatic and nationalistic. He is a man of many skills and talents. He is equally at home in the panyard as he is in a room filled with the world’s Heads of state. He is a lover of the steelpan instrument, and ‘panman’ himself. He is the former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, on the morning immediately following the close of the Moods of Pan 2008 festival, the Honourable Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer shares his thoughts about the three-day Pan fest, and US President-elect Barack Obama.


Web Posted - Wednesday October 13, 2021
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CASYM Steel Orchestra - “Big People Party” - (‘Cool Down’ version - Video)

Panyard Recording

CASYM Steel Orchestra - 2014

New York, USA -  Basement Recordings captures CASYM as they prepare for the 2014 New York Steelband Panorama competition shortly before the event. CASYM Steel Orchestra performed a Duvone Stewart-arrangement of “Big People Party.” This is the ‘Cool Down’ version.


Web Posted - Monday October 11, 2021
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Congratulations to panist & arranger Mickiel Gabriel on his performing arts degree - Music

Mickiel Gabriel
Mickiel Gabriel

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - When Steel Talks (WST) extends congratulations to panist & arranger Mickiel Gabriel on receiving his performing arts degree in music.


Web Posted - Sunday October 10, 2021
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Happy Birthday to musician extraordinaire and educator Lakeisha Danglade - October 10

Lakeisha Danglade

When Steel Talks extends very Happy Birthday Greetings to musician extraordinaire and educator Lakeisha Danglade.


Web Posted - Sunday October 10, 2021
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Pan Trinbago’s Central Executive says decision to postpone 2021 Convention, AGM, Elections received 70% Endorsement from members

Pan Trinbago’s Central Executive says decision to postpone 2021 Convention, AGM, Elections received 70% Endorsement from members

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  “Pan Trinbago Inc have remained quiet for some time because our focus remains on the WORK of our organization.

“However, numerous calls have been made for us to step in and rectify the many lies that continue to surface.

“The decision of the Central Executive to postpone the 2021 Convention and AGM amid the present circumstances, has received 70% Endorsement from its members.

“If 70% of the organization's members endorse this decision, then why are persons with agendas continuing their efforts to place a negative narrative to the public?”


Web Posted - Sunday October 10, 2021
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‘Columbus Lie’ by the Mighty Shadow

Shadow

Global - The late great calypsonian “Shadow” shares the true history of Christopher Columbus via a live performance in Canada, 1994.




Web Posted - Wednesday October 6, 2021
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Pan Rebels Steel Orchestra - “On De Road” - (‘Panyard’ version - Audio)

Panyard Recording

Pan Rebels Steel Orchestra - 1995

New York, USA -  This is Pan Rebels Steel Orchestra performing a Garvin Blake-arrangement of “On De Road” by Ronnie McIntosh. Pan Rebels was captured by Basement Recordings in their panyard, a few days before they took the stage for the New York Panorama.


Web Posted - Tuesday October 5, 2021
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Meet Astor Johnson - Humming Bird Medal Gold Awardee - Founder of The Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Theatre of Trinidad & Tobago, and more  - UpClose!

a Von Martin Interview

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Global - “....I see the pan music as any other form. I have worked with a little with Earl Rodney and some of “Boogsie” Sharpe′s music as well - I find them very progressive - very lending towards dance movements, I think mostly because of the way they take a melody and then they would do a lot of counter structures and phrases within the melody - the same way one choreographs.. ...However what I would like to see done is a little more on the educational side - this is why I think your program dealing with the evolution of pan is so important. The majority of the younger choreographers and dancers are strangely enough not very knowledgeable about how pan came about at all. 

“You would be surprised to know that if you ask them, they simply do not know.. Interestingly enough, I am involved in a project now... to get a possible television program that we want to do in dance depicting how this whole thing started, the pan movement, the era has probably arrived when we are going to get into this kind of exercise. Really educating the public as to the evolution of pan. ...You find that today there is a lot of lack-luster interest in the pan - probably for Carnival, yes -- outside of Carnival, no. I am very obsessed with the idea that the reason for this is a non-knowledge - no information really about what the pan is about - an awareness about where it came from, how important it is to us, what a great contribution it is by Trinidad & Tobago. You know the old story when you live by the sea you take it for granted everyday... ...the same way with us; we have something, the steelband, here, that is so vital and yet taken for granted.”  -- Astor Johnson

“...Johnson danced as a youth with the Burey Thomas and the Julia Edwards dance companies before leaving Trinidad in the mid-1960s to pursue a degree.”  --  Ronald C. Emrit - panist and Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Historian


Web Posted - Sunday October 3, 2021
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Moods Pan Groove - “Ben Lion” - (Video)

Panyard Recording

Moods Pan Groove - ‘Ben Lion’

New York, USA - New York’s Moods Pan Groove performs “Ben Lion” as arranged by the great Robert Greenidge. Basement Recordings captures this performance a few days before they take the stage for Panorama 2002. 




Web Posted - Friday October 1, 2021
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Meet Woman in Pan Nakiya Athina de Freitas - Antigua & Barbuda

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - “I would tell any young female panist to go for it. If it’s something you love and enjoy, don’t let anything deter you from that passion. You will face many ups and downs and you will feel like giving up, but just keep going.”

She is focused, driven and extremely talented. And represents the future of Pan. She is a music major who has firm ideas on the way forward in Pan. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - Nakiya Athina de Freitas shares her feelings, experiences, and insight into the Steelband music art form and more




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