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Published on March 3rd, 2014 | by Joan Rampersad - TandT Newsday Newspapers

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Boogsie jumps high

After the semi-finals of the 2014 National Panorama competition two weeks ago, arranger for then top placed band Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars, Leon “Smooth” Edwards, proclaimed there were four former champions within striking distance, boldly declaring, “Bring it on!”

And indeed, that’s what one of the “big guns” did at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain on Saturday night, when ace arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe led Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove to a second consecutive victory, and its sixth national title, beating All Stars into the runner-up spot by one point.  Phase II previously scored back-to-back wins in 1987-1988 and 2005-2006.  Sharpe conducted his players in their fantastic performance of his song “Jump High”, co-written with Andre Rojas and sung by Destra Garcia, who waved the flag for the band, and had the crowd applauding wildly at the end of it all. They amassed 287 points to take the crown and the $1 million winner’s purse.

Asked yesterday how he felt about the band retaining the title, Sharpe, who has stated before that he works best when under pressure, said, “It’s a great feeling. My back was up against the wall so I went back to the drawing board and did what I had to do.”  Boogsie thanked all those who had a hand in the win including songwriter/arranger/producer Leston Paul, Garcia, Rojas, drillers, tuners, supporters, members and sponsors Petrotrin.  All Stars, which led the semis with its performance of “Excitement” written by Clive Telemaque and sung by Shirlane Hendrickson, delivered another spirited performance that earned them 286 points, and second place, as well as $700,000.

 

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