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from William Tanifeani, Paris

A conference about Pan in the twenty-first century was organised April 7-9, 1994 in Miami, by Dawn Batson (musicologist, musician/arranger, and one of the musical directors of Pamberi Steel Orchestra). The conference was hosted by the School of Miami, Knight Center, and brought together performers, panmakers/tuners, teachers, schoolars involved with the steelband movement from the Caribbean, South America and North America. The converence proceedings will be published.


Invited as special guests of the 'Opening event of Landmark Plaza' and the first 'Dockyard Summer Festival', organized in July 1993 in Yokohama, Pamberi Steel Orchestra will pay a second visit to Japan for a 3 weeks tour (July 18 to August 9, 1994). Pamberi is completing now the recording of a CD to be released later this year in Europe and Japan. This recording is to be considered the very first CD of original compositions for steelband ever recorded totally (digitally) by ONE Trinbagonian steel orchestra. It will be featuring the work of composer/arranger Godwin Bowen, the bands resident arranger since 1983.


Very very good idea to have this world map where the pan is played, published (Panyard Nr. 3/93)! Just to complete this map (as far as I know): There is also a steelband in Nigeria (in the Army), and a small church steelband in Kenya.


Further a steelband in South Africa. Robin roos and Steve Lawrie, two members of the band paid their first visit to Trinidad this Carnival season, where Steve Lawrie played with the Renegades steel orchestra.
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