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Published on January 31st, 2015 | by Gary Cardinez - Trinidad Express Newspapers

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Pan jam on the main road

Sweet steelpan on Tuesday night caused traffic jams throughout Tunapuna when the Exodus and birdsong steel orchestras competed in the large band preliminary round of the National Panorama championships. The Pan Trinbago adjudicators visited both those bands right after having judged the RBC Redemption Soundsetters earlier that evening.

The judges in fact hopped on to a plane and came straight to birdsong on St Vincent Street, Tunapuna from the airport without rest. And this after having been in Tobago the night before to judge the small and medium bands there on Monday. At birdsong arranger, Andy Narell and the 115 musicians, which included 60 that came in from abroad with Narell, were waiting to perform, “Pan Magic” composed by Nyon Manswell and produced by Carl Jacobs.

Birdsong’s performance was near immaculate and much enjoyed by the people gathered at the panyard and spilling out onto the streets bordering it. In the arrangement, which on the night was delivered in a laid back style, you could hear some jazzy progressions, along with a touch of Kitchener and even some oriental phrases. Just as quickly as the judges sat to listen to birdsong, so did they board the maxi taxis to head over to Exodus.

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