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Festive scenes as pan judging starts
Posted By: Newsday TT
Date: Sunday, 9 February 2003, at 2:48 a.m.
By DAVID CUFFY
At eight o’clock last Friday night the mood in the panyard of Angostura Woodbrook Playboyz Steel Orchestra on Tragarete Road, Woodbrook was one of gaiety and excitement.
Hundreds of the band’s supporters and friends, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the judging panel on the first night of panyard judging of the preliminaries of Panorama 2003, were crammed into the space avidly listening to the orchestra put the final touches to its tune of choice, the Len “Boogsie” Sharpe/Anthony Alexis composition “Music In We Blood,” sung by Anslem Douglas and arranged by Sharpe.
Others, unable to find accommodation within, had to settle for positions on the sidewalk outside. The surrounding area was jammed with scores of parked vehicles, reducing traffic on Tragarete Road to a crawl.
Just around 20 minutes on the hour the transport bearing the panel of adjudicators arrived. The members, comprising Joslynne Sealy, Joycelyn Pierre, George Sombrano, Stephanie Powers and Hugh Borde, had come from the St Ann’s community where they had initiated judging of the Single Pan Bands of the north zone in the National Panorama Competition presented by Pan Trinbago.
First band to come under their scrutiny had been Worldwide Steel Orchestra on Mount Hololo Road, offering its interpretation of Preacher’s (Barnett Henry) “Thunder,” arranged by Noel Skair. Next had been Bar 22 on Symond Valley Road which presented Militant’s (Bryan Paton) “Passion,” arranged by Roland Griffith and Glen Clarke.
Now it was Playboyz’ turn. Douglas, the song’s vocalist, succeeded in getting sections of the crowd to sing along during his rendition of the work sung over the recorded version. Keith Diaz, chairman of Pan Trinbago’s northern region, delivered welcome remarks, after which the band under the leadership of Vincent Benjamin performed its piece. At the end, the cheers rose. They were loud and long.
The vast crowd, on foot, now headed west to the corner of French Street and Tragarete Road, the home of Woodbrook Modernaires Steel Orchestra, led by Llewellyn Phillip. On arrival of the adjudicators the band performed its interpretation of Funny’s (Donric Williamson) “Ding Dong,” arranged by ace bass guitarist, Douglas Redon.
Next stop for the night was at the headquarters of St James Tripolians Steel Orchestra on Fort George Link Road In St James.
There, community support was strong for the Keith Simpson-led band for its performance of “Ellie Man,” sung by Crazy (Edwin Ayoung).
It was 10.20 pm when the entourage visited the final band, Peake’s Yacht Services Scrunters Pan Groove, at Jeffers Lane, deep in the St James community. The orchestra was set up on the street and an air of festivity hung over the scene. Under the leadership of Lloyd Sobers, it rendered a Seon Gomez arrangement of “Music In We Blood,” to bring the first night’s judging of Single Pan Bands category in the north zone of Pan Trinbago to an end just before 11 o’clock.
Last night the adjudicating panel continued its rounds with visits to Airways Road in Chaguaramas to hear the Defence Force of Trinidad and Tobago Steel Orchestra; Haig Street in Carenage for Power Boats Scorpion Pan Groove La Puerta Avenue in Diego Martin for La Creole Pan Groove; Upper Morne Coco Road in Petit Valley for Nuttin Big Pan Groove; and Waterhole in Cocorite for West Winds.
No Ragga Soca Monarch Competition
There will be no staging of the 2003 Ragga Soca Monarch Competition during this year’s Carnival season due to a current legal matter with Caroni (1975) Limited concerning outstanding prize monies owed to the competition.
This according to a release from The National Cultural Promotions of Trinidad and Tobago (NCP) and the Ragga Soca Organisation. NCP management feels that it is inappropriate “at this time” to host the competition.
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