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Published on June 24th, 2013 | by Peter Ray Blood Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

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Pulse Pan at the Biche

A district notorious for marijuana cultivation, Biche was high on intoxicating pan music last Saturday when Pan Trinbago staged its second edition this year of Pan in De Countryside.  Scores of pan lovers gathered at the community recreation grounds to enjoy the music of five steel orchestras from across the nation. Geographically Biche is not that far from Port-of-Spain but it is indeed far via road commute, actually two hours of driving, via Cumuto, from Port-of-Spain.

A convoy of maxi taxis and cars filled with pan lovers from distant points made the trip. The event attracted the largest turnout of pan lovers from the North in its two-year history, most of whom had never been to Biche. The event took on the ambience of a huge food fest as most people walked with picnic baskets bearing a wide assortment of delectable goodies. Steelbands headlining the event included Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars, Arima Golden Symphony, Marsicans, Panatics, and Supa Novas, with supplemental music by DJ KC Klass is Class.

The Biche facility, ensconced between luscious green foliage, a spacious community centre and sports field, is one of the nicest we’ve been to, rivalled perhaps only by Blanchisseuse. Single pan band Marsicans of Arima got the live performances going, followed by Panatics, coming all the way from by the waterwheel in Diego Martin to rustic Biche. Fielding young pannists, the band touched all with its soulful interpretation of Adele’s Someone Like You, as well as Quando Quando and Benjai’s Trini.

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