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Published on January 17th, 2016 | by The Trinidad Guardian

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Natasha Joseph, Pan Ambassador

Arranger, composer, producer, teacher Natasha Joseph has been an ambassador for the steelpan, representing T&T in many countries such as USA, London and Japan, Tobago Jazz, Barbados Jazz, St Lucia Jazz and Grenada Jazz festivals.  After placing second in the Pan Ramajay soloist skills competition in 1993, Joseph went on to join the Panazz Players and toured extensively with the group. Panazz won the Sunshine award in 1997 for Best Recording by a steelband.

A self-taught musician, Joseph has shared the stage with many local and international jazz artistes such as Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, Ken “Professor” Philmore, Elan Parle, Chantal Esdelle and Moyenne, Michael Boothman, Clive Zanda, the late Raf Robertson, Arturo Tappin of Barbados, Joe Baione, Kim Waters of the USA, Jeremy Ledbetter of Canada, Alexis Baro of Cuba, Charlie Sepulveda, Fidel Morales, and Gabriel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico. For the past five years, she has been the steelpan facilitator for the FCB steelpan and jazz workshops in Trinidad, and also teaches steelpan and guitar privately. Her teaching includes stints at St Andrews Private School, Bishop Anstey Junior School, Sacred Heart Girls’, private classes in music theory, improvisation and steelpan rudiments, Blackman’s Private School, and founder of Music JYM (Juntos Y Mejorar).

In June 2012 she received her diploma in Recording Engineering and Production from The Audio Institute of America. A well-known drillmaster, Joseph has helped to bring Phase II Pan Groove to victory in 2013 and 2014, and second place in 2015 in the National Steelband Panorama. She has been working with their arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe for the past seven years. She is also the arranger for the Starlift Junior Steel Orchestra, which placed fifth in the non-schools category for Junior Panorama 2015. She also arranges for Platinum Steel Orchestra, an all-female single pan band taking part in the National Panorama 2016, a first in the competition’s 53-year existence .

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