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Published on November 16th, 2016 | by Robbie Joseph


BAS YESC Pan Explosion 2016 – 26 and Over Ensembles results

The Yaa Centre based at 1 Chippenham Mews, London W9 was filled with the sweet sounds of steel on a bleak autumnal evening on the 12th November when the British Association of Steel Bands Youth Engagement Sub-Committee (BAS YESC) hosted another successful Pan Explosion Ensembles competition. The steelband music coupled with the décor in the building certainly gave it a very Caribbean atmosphere. Local West Indian cuisine accompanied by drinks to wash it down was on sale. So the audience was made to feel at home regardless of the prevailing weather that did not deter the audience from attending this conic event that gives a platform to young pan musicians, arrangers and composers to display their musical skills and also provide them with an opportunity to develop their musical careers.

The competition consisted of two categories – 25 and Under and 26 and Over.

The 26 and Over category saw Contrast, Pan Nation and Ebony Steel orchestras competing for the winner’s podium.

Ebony was victorious on the night with 515 points.  David Ijaduola musically arranged their Own Composition, The House Affair and their Tune of Choice – Let the Band Play On, composed by the Mighty Sparrow.

David is an up and coming around pan musician. He has participated in many competitions as an arranger and soloist including Pan Clash, Pan Explosion, Junior Panorama and the UK National Steel band Panorama. In Total David has won 10 competitions. His most recent achievement was arranging for the UK National Steel Band Panorama 2016 with Croydon Steel Orchestra for the second year in a row, giving his own rendition of 5 Star Akil’s, Different Me. Last ear he was crowned ‘Pan Explosion 25 and Under Champion with Ebony Steel Orchestra Juniors. This year will be his first time entering the Over 26’s category. Alongside him is a very talented group of musicians, which he said are some of the best he has ever worked with

Ebony other pan musicians in their Ensemble were Joshua Presscod, Cerise Lynch, Marcus Cumberbatch-King, Joelle George and Ashley


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In 2nd place was Pan Nation Steel orchestra with Sussex Steel Orchestra with 496 points. Their Own composition, Real Talk#, was musically arranged by Lindsay Campbell and their Tune of Choice, Earthquake composed by The Lord Kitchener was arranged by their founder, manager and resident arranger, Chris Storey.

Lindsay grew up playing the piano and began playing steel pans at age 14 with the Sounds of Steel. In 2005, she took part in the first Pan Explosion competition arranging, Tobago Band and composing for the first time. For many years she played with SOS that went on to form the charity, Pan Jazz International with whom she has taught, arranged, performed and composed in the UK, South Africa and India. Lindsay has taken part in the UK National Steel Band Panorama competition since 2003 performing with Real Steel, Sounds of Steel, Pantasia and CSI. She joined Pan Nation at the beginning of 2015 and has taken part in many of the band’s large performances. This is Lindsay’s second time composing for the band in Pan Explosion. She is currently a Steelpan tutor for Hertfordshire Music Service.

Pan Nation’s other players in their Ensemble were Khisavalu Adams-Amalemba, Laura Baird, Aleah Skerret-McGeary, Rhamana Afflick, Maisha Adams – Amalemba and Nathaniel Ricketts.


Contrast Steel Orchestra attained 463 points to capture 3rd place. Their Own composition, No Behaviour was composed and musically arranged by Meshek Lockhart-Munroe and Tune of Choice, We Kinda Music composed by Andy Narrell was musically arranged by Serena Haye.

Meshek started playing the drums at the age of 5 and started composing music at the tender age of 13. He grew up in the pan yard and regularly arranes music for Contrast Steel Orchestra, following in his mother’s footsteps, Pat Munroe, Contrast’s current manager. Meshek’s arrangement and composition in 2015 earned Contrast 2nd place in the Under 25’s category.

Serena Haye began playing pan at age 7 and joined Contrast at 12 years old. He played at the UK National Steel band Panorama competition for the first time at age 13 and this was her first time arranging a musical piece for a competition.

Contrast other players in their Ensemble included Chyna Mae Cobden, Halema White, Shevelle Roberts, Allethia Belle-Ricketts and Anneka Ferguson.

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Judges on the night were – Toussaint Clarke, Justin Russell and Russell Roberts



It was a great competition in which all participants and the audience fully enjoyed themselves with everyone looking forward to the 2017 Pan Explosion competition.


515 –1st – Ebony Steel Band

496 – 2nd  – Pan Nation Steel Orchestr

463 – 3rd  – Contrast Steel Orchestra



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