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Published on August 11th, 2015 | by Trevor Clarke

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All Stars ‘Curry Tabanca’ too hot in World Panorama

MASSY All Stars Steel Orchestra showed who are the real bosses of Panorama, when the band played some wicked melodies to win the first International Panorama competition at the “Big Yard”, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Sunday night.

Taking a grand prize of US$250,000 (bigger prizemoney than the T&T National Panorama, which was $1 million) and the “World Steel Pan Trophy” designed by Kemal Manickchand, All Stars played “Curry Tabanca” arranged by Leon “Smooth” Edwards and scored 476 points.

“Smooth” had this special arrangement in a “bag” waiting to unleash to the entire world. Talk about music from the start to the end, as one would say is only ramajay.

Placing second was Super Novas Steel Orchestra, playing, Dr Samaroo arranged by Dr Jit Samaroo. The band collected US$200,000 and scored 464 points.

Placing third was bptt Renegades playing “Like Ah Boss” arranged by Duvonne Stewart. The band scored 459 points. Stewart arranged for four bands in the competition, Renegades, Ebony of England, Pan Elders and Starlift Steel Orchestra of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

There was a tie for fourth and fifth between Phase II Pan Groove and Brooklyn Steel Orchestra. Both bands scored 452 points.

Phase II led by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe played “Woman on the Bass” arranged by Sharpe. Brooklyn Steel Orchestra played “Ah Feeling Ah Feeling” arranged by Odie Gonzales/Kendall Williams/Marc Brooks.

Brooklyn Steel played different styles of music to accommodate the three arrangers. The band was quick and precise in phrasing of the first change key. The band had the best ending in the competition.

Phase II according to some pan lovers picked the wrong song. Why not “I Music” or “Pan Rising”?

Placing sixth was Curepe Scherzando playing “Bassman” arranged by Yohan Popwell. Yohan went for the juggler with some Indian music in his last change key. The band scored 451 points.

In seventh position was Republic Bank Exodus playing “De Puma Band” arranged by Pelham Goddard. Talk about music, but the band had a slow count. The band scored 449 points.

Big band Buccoo Buccooneers of Tobago placed eight, playing “Gold Remake” arranged by Seion Gomez. Nice song from Seion, with just a little too much spaces in the music. The band scored 448 points

Both bands Ebony Steelband of England and Panorama Steel Orchestra of Japan tied for ninth.

Ebony sounds like a Trini band, Duvonne did wonders with “Ah Feeling”, while Panorama Steel started slow but made up in the first change key. The band played too much strums in the song

Placing 11th was PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars playing Edwin’s Legacy arranged by Liam Teague. The band scored 440 points.

Steel Xplosion placed 12th playing “Thunder” arranged by Arddin Herbert. The band brought Tobago Heritage Festival dancers to the stage during the competition.

Another great show at the “Big Yard” from Pan Trinbago. The competition was a success and Pan Trinbago should do it again in three years.

 

Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra also win the first place prize of USD $250,000 and the “World Steel Pan Trophy” designed by Kemal Manickchand.

Bands that placed 1st – 10th were awarded cash prizes, in addition to their appearance fees.  Those bands that placed 11th – 24th placing received their appearance fees based on their home countries.

Appearance Fee for each Steel Orchestra participating from Europe and Asia – USD $60,000.00

Appearance Fee for each Steel Orchestra participating from North America – USD $50,000.00

Appearance Fee for each Steel Orchestra participating from the CARICOM and Regional – USD $30,000.00

Appearance Fee for each Steel Orchestra participating from the Trinidad & Tobago – USD $25,000.00

JUDGES:

  1. Dr. Shannon Dudley – USA
  2. Dr. Larry Snider – USA
  3. Ms. Claudette Vincent-Stewart –  St. Vincent & The Grenadines
  4. Lambert Phillip – Trinidad & Tobago
  5. Jeanette Johnson – Trinidad & Tobago
  6. Roger Sardinha – Trinidad & Tobago
  7. Damian Phillip – Trinidad & Tobago
  8. Lennox London – Trinidad & Tobago

 

Official Results:

 

World Pan results

 

BAND FROM FRANCE EBONY 1 EBONY 3 RENEGADES 2 RENEGADES


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