Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Savannah party’


PAN RAMAJAY: New Vision Steel Orchestra youth players ramajay during their performance of Baron’s “Dis Melody Sweet” arranged by Ryan John at the National Panorama single pan semi-finals yesterday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. —Photo: ANISTO ALVES

Mark Fraser

Today is the National Panorama semi-finals for conventional large and medium steelbands at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain aka the “Savannah Party” as defined in song by David Rudder some years ago. It begins at noon.

The semis will see thousands of pan lovers converge on the venue.

Today will also see hundreds heading for The Greens to lime in “posses” under specially erected tents.

This was conceptualised some years ago by the organising body Pan Trinbago as a venue for patrons who prefer to party instead of sit and listen to pan. It will also see the debut of a special feature on The Greens, that of a swimming pool for a party dubbed “Pan Splash”.

Panmen have criticised the move but Michelle George, spokesperson for the group of companies putting on Pan Splash, said there are a lot of misconceptions about the event which have affected sales.

Contacted Friday, George said tickets had not sold out. Organisers have catered for 1,000 patrons at packages for $700, which includes the ticket for the Greens and the pool section.

George said she could not determine how many tickets had been sold.

“The area could accommodate approximately 700 patrons, 1,000 maximum. We catered for 1,000 patrons. We are happy with the support but we would welcome more. I think the skepticism and the bad press didn’t help but we are good. We want people to see that it is an experience that does not exclude pan. There will be a 40-ft jumbo screen, live feed for pan performances on stage, the PHI band Rhapsody/Electronic pan,” George said.

“The pool is hygienic and features state of the art pool filters so no one should have any concerns were cleanliness is concerned. Certified lifeguards from the Lifeguard Association of Trinidad and Tobago will monitor patrons. The pool is 70 feet and four inches deep. It’s a security enclosed area.”

George said patrons will also be required to shower before entering the pool.

Pan Trinbago described the feature as an experiment with a “pool posse”.

Meanwhile, defending Panorama steelband champions Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove will play in position 14 out of the 15 bands in the large band category today.

Crowd favourites Witco Desperadoes will play in position No.3 and Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars in position No.8. Prior to the performances of the large bands, the medium bands will perform. Yesterday bands in the small and single pan categories had their semi-finals at the same venue.

Here is how they will perform today and their tunes of choice:

Medium Bands

1. Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille – Poison; 2. Pan Elders — All Ah We Is One Family; 3. Curepe Scherzando — Pan In the Atmosphere; 4. Arima Angel Harps — In De Minor; 5. Melodians — The Hammer; 6. NGC Couva Joylanders — Free Up; 7. NLCB Buccooneers — Madness; 8. St. Margaret’s Super Stars — In De Minor; 9. Petrotrin Hatters — Live Yuh Life Like You Playing Mas; 10. Power Stars — Take Me With You; 11. Petrotrin Katzenjammers — Spankin; 12. Steel Xplosion — Dust In Dey Face; 13. Carib Dixieland — Dis Is It; 14. Valley Harps — Happiest Man Alive.

Large Bands

1. Caribbean Airlines Invaders —Jam It; 2. T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps - In De Minor; 3. Witco Desperadoes — Spankin; 4. bp Renegades — In De Minor; 5. Skiffle — The Wedding (Shaadi); 6. Solo Harmonites — Men of Steel/2014; 7. Birdsong — We Kinda Music; 8. Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars - Excitement; 9. PCS Silver Stars — The Reason; 10. White Oak Starlift — Happiest Man Alive; 11. NLCB Fonclaire — Big In The Dance; 12. Republic Bank Exodus — Pan is Carnival; 13. NGC La Brea Nightingales — Pan In the Atmosphere; 14. Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove — Jump High; 15. RBTT Redemption Sound Setters — Excitement.