Monday, February 19, 2018

All Stars dethrone Despers as Panorama champions

Pan Elders register beaver-trick

Massy Trinidad All Stars, as they took the Grand Stand stage during the 2017 National Panorama finals at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on Saturday

Massy Trinidad All Stars turned the tables on Desperadoes to capture the 2017 National Panorama title at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Saturday.

Having played second fiddle to the defending champions, trailing by two and one point at the preliminary and semi-final rounds of the competition, respectively, All Stars created quite a stir with its lively and bouncy rendition of MX Prime's "Full Extreme" in amassing 286 points.

The Duke Street, Port of Spain band, performing in the penultimate position, took the Grand Stand stage around 2.40 am, decked in varying combinations of the national colours, with sections in red and white, black and white, or all white. And proceeded to deliver arranger Leon 'Smooth' Edwards' interpretation in a climactic fashion, during which the refrain 'hold them and wuk them' was emphasised in many variations as the arrangement transitioned from verse and chorus to the main body.

In the closing minute of its performance, All Stars had the stage lights turned off, to be replaced with a fireworks display and a sequence of flashing coloured lights.

Part of the firework display by All Stars during their winning performance at the 2017 National Panorama finals.

Despers, who performed first among the large bands, did justice to Carlton 'Zanda' Alexander's arrangement of “Good Morning”. A smooth melodic rendition was well received, but in the eyes of the judges it only earned them a one-point improvement from their semi-final showing, as the 283 points awarded earned them second place.

BpTT Renegades, who has been consistent throughout the season, gave another steady performance of “Good Morning” as arranged by Duvone Stewart, to capture third place. They received 280 points.

CAL Invaders and Republic Bank Exodus tied for fourth with 277 points apiece.

And in the Medium Band category, three-time defending champions Pan Elders made it a beaver-trick of titles with a seven-point margin of victory over second place finisher Curepe Scherzando.
Performing in eight position, the champions picked up 282 points for its delivery of “Roti and Talkarie” to cap a good night for its arranger Stewart.

Scherzando, who performed "Stranger" arranged by Yohan Popwell, was awarded 275 points, while NLCB Buccooneers' collected 272 points for their delivery of “Rhythm Run Things”, to ensure the top three positions from the semi-final round remained unchanged.


Large Band
1. Massy Trinidad All Stars - "Full Extreme" - 286
2. Desperadoes - "Good Morning" - 283
3. BpTT Renegades - "Good Morning" – 280
4. Republic Bank Exodus - "Good Morning" – 277*
4. CAL Invaders - "Full Extreme" – 277*
6. PCS Silver Stars - "We Are Conquerors" – 276
7. Skiffle - "Good Morning" – 274
8. HADCO Phase 11 Pan Groove - "Red, White and Black" – 272*
8. MTHL Starlift - "Good Morning" – 272*
10. FCB Supernovas - "Rumble in the Jungle" – 271
11. T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps - "Single" - 270.5

Medium Band
1. Pan Elders - "Roti" - 282
2. Curepe Scherzando - "Stranger" - 275
3. NLCB Buccooneers - "Rhythm Run Things" - 272
4. HCL Valley Harps - "Total Disorder" – 270*
4. Petrotrin Katzenjammers - "Good Morning" – 270*
4. Melodians - "Um-Ba Yao – 270*
7. NGC Couva Joylanders - "Band of the Year" – 268
8. NGC Steel Xplosion - "Wet Meh Down" - 267
9. Pan-demonium - "Cheers To Life" – 264*
9. Sound Specialists of Laventille - "Dangerous" – 264*