Pan continues to remain very much in the weekend entertainment spotlight as the nation observes the Emancipation of African slaves.
Tomorrow, San Juan All Stars steel orchestra and the PNM Party Group 1 are staging Pan in the Himalayas, in Barataria, featuring a cast of popular steelbands, as well as 2018 Spirit of Emancipation Award recipient Jamelody and his brother artiste Isasha.
Steelbands billed to perform, from 7 pm, include Desperadoes, Hadco Phase II Pan Groove, First Citizens Supernovas, Massy Trinidad All Stars, NGC Couva Joylanders, Angostura Newtown Playboys, Valley Harps and Trinidad Eastside.
Tomorrow night, the national instrument will also have a place of prominence at the Lord Kitchener Auditorium, National Academy for the Performing Arts (Napa), Port-of- Spain, when the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts premieres Pan on a Higher Note — Rhythm. The National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO), under the direction Akua Leith, will be joined by Karene Asche, Derron Sandu, Elle Infini TT, Kay Alleyne, Chelsea Fensome and Shiva Manick.
This production will be repeated on Sunday evening.
Then on Tuesday, the eve of the Emancipation Day holiday, Desperadoes Steel Orchestra is throwing open its Tragarete Road rehearsal venue for Come Emancipate Yourself Through Steel, from 7 pm. Guest bands joining host Desperadoes are 2018 National Panorama (Large champion) bpTT Renegades, Nutrien Silver Stars, First Citizens Supernovas, MHTL Starlift, Desperadoes Youth Steel, Roadblock, Caribbean Steelpan Connextion and Suave.
Desperadoes Assistant Manager Martin Cain took the opportunity this week to reaffirm his band’s commitment to the community of Laventille, particularly in the contexts of youth and enterprise development. As such, Tuesday’s concert will also showcase the talents and personal undertakings of some the band’s stage side music graduates, as evidenced in the performances of Desperadoes Youths Steel Orchestra, Caribbean Steelpan Connextion, Suave Steel and Road Block Steel Orchestra.
The event begins at 7 pm and is free to the public.The steelband rhythm and Emancipation vibe continues into next month when Southern Marines (SM) Steelband Foundation premieres its three-day Emancipation & Steelband Festival, next week Friday. The programme commences on August 3, with Ancestral Prayers & Thanksgiving at SM Pan Palais, on Southern Main Road, Marabella, at 7 pm.
On August 4, SM is also holding an Emancipation Discussion, featuring Kasala Kamara, at its Pan Palais, also at 7 pm.
The SM cultural package climaxes on August 5, with its Emancipation Cultural Explosion & Procession, featuring Jah Roots, Tamboo Bamboo, Southern Marines, DJ Tia and more. A procession begins at Agnes Street, at 5 pm, and goes to the Pan Palais.
August 4 sees the much anticipated staging of the 19th annual Emancipation Steelband Parade, staged by the Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation (LSFF) along EMR (between Pashley and Dorata Streets), Success Village, Laventille. Featuring 20 of the nation’s top steelbands, plus rhythm sections, the event is scheduled to begin at 4 pm.