'Laventille Serenaders' tops small bands in Panorama prelims

Laventille Serenaders with their arrangement of Winston Bailey’s “Shadow” topped the National Panorama Small Band Preliminaries with 279 points.

They were followed by South’s Golden Hands and “Trouble” with 278 points and Fascinators Pan Symphony of Tunapuna in third place with 274 points for their rendition of “Buss Head”.

Forty three (43) bands were judged by a four-man panel comprising Soluna Garnes, Joslynnne Sealey, Tommy Critchlow and Michele Dowrich,

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Bp Renegades tops Large Band category in Panorama preliminaries

Bp Renegades has topped the preliminary round of the National Panorama Large Band competition.

The band playing Duvonne Stewart arrangement of “Year For Love” accumulated 264 points, two (2) points more than the second-placed Skiffle and Phase II Pan Groove (tie 262) for their renditions of Kess’ “Hello”.

Pan Elders, defending champs, scored the most points in the Medium Band category with an aggregate of 265 points.

They were followed by Petrotrin Katzenjammers, Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille and Power Stars.

The three tied with 258 points each.

Financial constraints force closure of Kalypso Revue

Fifty-five years after it was formed by legendary calypsonian Lord Kitchener, the Kalypso Revue tent is set to close due to financial constraints.

The announcement was made by the tent’s head Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osuna during a press conference at its traditional home at SWWTU Hall on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday afternoon.

Osuna explained the show was affected by a number of factors including meagre corporate sponsorship, small audiences and a reduction in Government funding.