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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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