Nineteen-years-old pan prodigy Keisha Codrington (Codrington Pan Family) left the competition in her wake (including her older brother Khari) after the preliminary round of the soloist category in the Pan is Beautiful XII Music Festival.
Performing on opening night on Saturday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Codrington’s rendition of Lord Kitchener’s “Pan in Harmony” blew the patrons away and earned the loudest applause on the night. Her performance also resonated with the judges who gave her 275 points, 11 more than her nearest rival.
It took almost 24 hours before the judges heard second place Joshhua Jabari Bedeau who performed on Sunday. His rendition of Vanessa Alexandra Headley’s composition “Call Me Hero” also drew the loudest applause on that day. Bedeau is a member of Golden Hands Steel Orchestra.
Coming in third was Khari Codrington and Anthony Phillip of CAL Invaders with 262 points. Codrington’s rendition of Lord Kitchener’s “Pan Night and Day” adapted by him and his father Cary had the double seconds talking.
Phillip gave a great performance of Arddin Herbert’s “La Vie Sur La Paix” to earn the third spot.
The difference between these four pannists and the rest was quite clear. They knew their instruments, played with confidence, caressed the pan and effortlessly ran their hands over the notes.
Twenty-one soloists performed for the judges over the two day period and were well received by the audience.
The preliminary round of the ensemble category was also run off over the two days in which ten units faced the judges. Each ensemble was asked to play two songs, Black Stalin’s “Respect the Steelband”, the test piece and a tune of choice.
Playing on Sunday, Golden Hands came in first with a fantastic rendition of the test piece and Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song”. This band from San Fernando created havoc with a variety of instruments, including tamboo bamboo. They earned 561 points (280 TP and 281 ToC), 26 more than their nearest rival.
Another band from the southern city came second as Fusion Steel’s rendition of the Test Piece and Dr Jit Samaroo’s “Pan Patterns” earned them 535 points (274 TP and 261 ToC).
Defending champions in this category Stryke Stars came in third with Kenneth Guppy’s composition “Journey to the Promise Land” earning them 264 points and the test piece 268 for a total of 532 points.
Another band from the southern city came in fourth with 523 points. Petrotrin Hatters, under the baton of Dr Jeannie Remy earned 257 points for the test piece and 266 for their rendition of “The Renewal”.
Longdenville Claytones performance of Keith Salcedo’s adaption of both the test piece and Nat King Cole’s “Tenderly” gave them 516 points, 254 TP and 262 ToC.
Success Stars Gems came in sixth with their rendition of Lord Kitchener’s “Pan in A Minor” and the test piece earning 251 and 251 respectively giving them a total of 502 points.
Other ensembles which played over the two days included St Margaret’s Superstars (496), Tamana Pioneers (495), Flabej Now Ensemble (475) and Tobago Serenity Vibes (474).
The first six ensembles will go forward to the finals carded for Friday November 8 at NAPA, Port of Spain from 7 p.m.
Eight Soloists will also be in their finals at the same venue on the same date (November 8). Following is the results of the soloists category.
1 Keisha Codrington 275
2 Joshua Jabari Bedeau 264
3 Khari Codrington 262
3 Anthony Phillip 262
5 Meagan Taitt 255
6 Kern Summerville 253
7 Dachelle Morrison 252
8 Avery Attzs 248
9 Jonathan Emile Grant 247
10 Ashley Weeks 244