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Published on April 13th, 2014 | by The Trinidad Guardian

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Eight top steelbands take stage at NAPA

The Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation (LSFF) will in May present a concert titled 8 of Hearts at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain. The concert features reigning National Panorama champion Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove along with the other seven top placing Large Conventional steel orchestras in the finals of the 2014 National Panorama championships. This which event takes place on May 16 and 17 will see performances by Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars, bpTT Renegades, Witco Desperadoes, Republic Bank Exodus, CAL Invaders, PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars and Skiffle Steel.

The bands will perform their 2014 Panorama selections along with other music, offering a blend of calypso, reggae, jazz, pop and more. The steelbands will each have 30 minutes on stage and will be allowed to incorporate other instruments and even vocals in their performances. The 8 of Hearts concert was introduced as part of the Carifesta of 2006 and proved to be a great success, encouraging the LSFF to make the concert a biennial affair. In the years since the concert has evolved from a community event to a major event on the national cultural calendar. This will be the fifth running of the 8 of Hearts concert and the LSFF promises the most exciting one to date.

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