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  • Dear editor: Remove ‘Absolut Pan’ monument too; and make it ‘national musical instrument’ Wired 868 “[…] Etched on its surface are vodka bottle-shapes that separate the notes on the instrument. The words ‘ABSOLUT PAN’ are boldly depicted at its base. “It is an insult to our national musical instrument! Will it stand for as long as Columbus’s statue? …
  • We Insist: A Century Of Black Music Against State Violence NPR Lil Baby performs during a Juneteenth voter registration rally on June 19, 2020 at Murphy Park Fairgrounds in Atlanta, Ga. One week earlier, he released "The Bigger Picture," a song protesting police brutality. Paras Griffin/Getty Images hide …
  • FROM THE ARCHIVES: Major L. Earle Johnson – Nation Builder Dominica News Online Major L. Earle Johnson“We are surrounded by unlimited opportunities for self-education. The real challenge is our personal response to this exposure, and our passion to get ahead in life” Retool or Rust (2007, by Dr. L. Earle Johnson) Major L. Earle …
  • Martin Douglas, Who Set Tone for Steel-Pan Brooklyn, Dies at 71 The New York Times This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. On summer nights in central Brooklyn, the roar of traffic gives way to the twinkle of steel-pan drums as musicians of all ages rehearse, …
  • Franklinton Prepatory Academy’s Steel Band using teamwork for a unique sound WCMH COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Franklinton Prepatory Academy’s Steel Band started five years ago with just three instruments. Now, they have grown and perform all over Ohio. They will be heading to their second annual international competition in May.  “I had literally …
  • Pan as icon: preserving, claiming, marketing (Part I) Daily Observer (An address to the CARIFESTA V SYMPOSIUM, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago / August 1992) By Dorbrene O’Marde Before adding my contributions to this discussion on ‘Pan as Icon – preserving, claiming, marketing,’ let me be quick to acknowledge my …
  • Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's steel pan competition in photos globalvoicesonline.org Renegades Steel Orchestra on stage at the National Panorama Semi-Finals in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on February 9, 2020. Photo by Maria Nunes, used with permission. One of the highlights of Trinidad and Tobago's annual Carnival celebrations is the …
  • Daly Bread: Prime bands in prime time; we may be at a new beginning in pan Wired 868 Everything is set for a thrilling indigenous musical contest at next Saturday’s Panorama Finals and I open this column with an appeal to anyone who loves pan and our country’s youth to put aside their bad experiences with previous ridiculously lengthy …
  • Daly bread: Trying a new direction; will Panorama lead by example? Wired 868 I do not need someone from foreign to tell me that gangsters are fully in charge in many communities, and I dun know that the politicians look the other way and frequently consort with them. It is a reprehensible failure on the part of the elites and …
  • Afro Latin Fest YEG returns with two nights, wider mission, and potent music and dance ... Montreal Gazette It’s a weekend to share and celebrate international friendships — and party down. Welcome to the second annual Afro Latin Fest YEG happening this Friday and Saturday. Nearly 20 different acts of music, dance and poetry will cue the activities with a wide …
  • Daly Bread: Facing the music; the problem of accountability in crime and in pan Wired 868 Last week commenced with the prime minister making more shallow statements about the prevailing rampant murder in response to meek and mild interview questions. In local parlance, the TV interview was sorf. Today I am asserting that facing the music is a …
  • Militant: Destined for music Stabroek News Can a person be destined for music? Bryan Paton believes he was as he came from a line of singers and music enthusiasts. Bryan, who goes by stage name ‘Militant’, rose to fame in 2001 with his popular soca hit “Hot and Groovy”. He has been living in …
  • Business of Carnival I News Cayman The Business of Carnival™ YouTube Series Announces Season 3 Launch! By Carla Parris LLB, LLM Entertainment & Sports Attorney at Law OECS continues partnership with Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Carla Parris to demystify the legal and business aspects …
  • The Business of Carnival™ YouTube Series announces season 3 launch! St. Lucia News Online  Share This On: (PRESS RELEASE) – Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival 2020 is here in all its glory with fetes underway, steel pan music in the air, and new Soca, Calypso and Chutney music released. With all the festivities and excitement happening, so too is …
  • Tobago: Island of the enchanted forest Irish Independent Tobago’s ecosystem is special; the first natural habitat in the world to be protected by law (by UK parliament in 1776).  Wonderfully, this protection comes a full century before a German botanist coined the term “tropische renewals” — tropical rainforest …
  • Windrush war hero who smuggled The Beatles George Harrison into Hamburg Liverpool Echo In 1948 the HMT Windrush arrived in Britain carrying people from the Caribbean. They had been invited by the government to fill the skills and labour shortage in the aftermath of WW2, leaving behind livelihoods, families and friends to travel across the …
  • The Michael Billington archive: highlights from five decades of reviews The Guardian Durbridge Play Fortune theatre, London, 2 October 1971 The conventional stage whodunit is about as exciting as a vicarage parlour game. But the great virtue of this slick, highly polished thriller by Francis Durbridge is that almost from the start we know …
  • Greenidge, Rambo honored at Healy Award Dinner Pilot RANDOLPH -- The Black Catholic Ministries of the archdiocese held the 26th annual Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner on Nov. 23 at Lombardo’s. During a reception before the meal and speaking program, music was provided by the Tempo International …
  • Column: Celebrating Emperor Haile Selassie I bernews.com [Written by Chris Famous] “Hail him without any apology. Hail His Imperial Majesty” – Burning Spear” “Look to the east for the crowning of a Black King” - Hon. Marcus Garvey On November 2nd, 1930 in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, Ras Tafari was …
  • ArtsinStark seeks arts grants projects Repository For 2020, the Special Projects Grants have increased from $750 to $1,000, and about 20 of them will be awarded. In February, before a rapt audience of 300 students at the Arts Academy at Summit, a young Liberian refugee named John DiMaria who now lives in …
  • 'All the hood rats would jam with us': Grandmaster Flash, AJ Tracey and other artists on the generation gap The Guardian Grandmaster Flash, 61, hip-hop pioneer, and AJ Tracey, 25, MC Grandmaster Flash – born Joseph Saddler on New Year’s Day, 1958 – is often credited as one of the pioneers of hip-hop, but his achievements are as much in the field of engineering as they are in …
  • After Hurricane Dorian, Miami Carnival Shines a Spotlight on the Bahamas New Times Broward Palm Beach Caribbean junkanoo pop artist Julien Believe has participated in six editions of Miami Carnival, but none has meant as much to him as the one to come this Sunday, October 13. During the event’s grand finale — the Mega Soca concert — the singer-songwriter …
  • Listen to the Storm Songs of the Caribbean The New York Times Every island in the Caribbean has one, if not many: Popular songs inspired by the awful storms that have always been at once facts of life and shapers of history. In this region, from whose indigenous people we got our word — “huracan” — for the fierce …
  • 35th Annual Miami Carnival features Rich Caribbean Arts, Culture and Heritage South Florida Caribbean News Miami Carnival provides a taste of the diverse and unique flavors of Caribbean culture to all those who attend.  SOUTH FLORIDA – On Sunday, October 13, 2019, the Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee will host the 35th annual Miami Carnival celebration …
  • Bands battle it out in Brooklyn, celebrating Caribbean culture WPIX Please enable Javascript to watch this video CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — It was an exciting night of music in Brooklyn. Nine bands battled it out outside the Brooklyn museum. Steel drum orchestras with massive setups — some with more than a hundred musicians …
  • Caribbean crews: Weekend of West Indian parties and concerts Brooklyn Paper Paul Martinka Feather-clad parade-goers strut their stuff at the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day every year. By Jacob Fillmore Brooklyn Paper Subscribe Brooklyn’s biggest parade is coming! Eastern Parkway will be filled with feathered outfits, calypso …
  • UCCI students take Toronto pan festival by storm Caymanian Compass Earl La Pierre’s musical odyssey continues to expand his legacy in Cayman, Canada and beyond. La Pierre brought his UCCI Pandemix band to Toronto for the 10th consecutive year earlier this summer, and they placed first in the Non-Calypso category of the …