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Panmen big on Vintage for Panorama
Posted By: News
Date: Monday, 30 January 2006, at 7:09 p.m.
14 bands to play Destra's 'Colours Again'
By Terry Joseph
Beginning Friday night, 16 separate adjudication panels will hear 124 steelbands play in Panorama's preliminary rounds, each orchestra presenting its best effort at getting into the top 14 in its zone and category; criteria for securing spots in the semi-finals.
There are four zones, East, North, South-Central and Tobago and four categories, single-pan bands and small, medium and large conventional orchestras, from which will be plucked the 56 semi-finalists, 42 of which will play at the Queen's Park Savannah Party on February 12, with the single-pan bands having their second round contest six days later outside City Hall in Port of Spain.
Of the competing bands 46 have selected Vintage calypsos and another ten are working with remixes of songs from yesteryear (most notably the Calypso Rose/Shurwayne Winchester revival of "Tempo"), shoring up the contentious rule introduced for the 2005 contest, which allowed steelbands to choose and render a calypso from any period of history, except it had been played before in the same competition by the same band.
Of the vintage selections, seven are songs by The Mighty Sparrow (from "Jane" and "Queen of the Bands" to "Capitalism Gone Mad"), with Kitchener, SuperBlue, Nelson, King Wellington, Johnny King, Maestro and Merchant also in the mix.
Even Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, one of the most robust antagonists when the rule came out last year, will se his "Dis Feeling Nice", originally vocalized by Denyse Plummer, enjoy a reprise with Douglas Redon's arrangement for D Original Woodbrook Modernaires.
Plummer's standing is significantly more pronounced among bands playing new selections, her work on the Mark Loquan/Chris Morris composition "Good Times" enjoying seven picks, although Destra emerges as Queen of the Pans, her 'Colours Again" attracting 14 bands, while another three chose "Max it Up".
The original de Fosto Himself, usually a first choice for steelbands at Panorama, comes in at 16 picks, ten of which are for his "Tribute to Bradley", three for "Judgment Day" and one each for "Soca Warriors" and "Golden Voice". Ronnie McIntosh's Bradley tribute caught the fancy of the six bands.
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