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Kurt Allen T&T Calypso Monarch 2010

Kurt Allen dethroned defending monarch Chalkdust on Dimanche Gras and became Trinidad & Tobago’s 2010 National Calypso Monarch. With his sharp-tongued political commentary “Dey too bright” he convinced the audience as well as

the jury.

Kurt Allen’s winning Calypso Monarch performance on sunday night:

Sources: Trinidad Express, Bandwagonist

National Panorama Semi Finals

SteelpanCarnival is coming closer and closer and today are the semi finals for the greatest annual steelpan event, the National Panorama competition in Trinidad & Tobago. 45 conventional bands (small, medium and large) are performing at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain.
Even if you are not in Trinidad you have the chance to listen to the event live on
Below are the names of the steel bands and their tunes in order of appearance.

Steel Orchestras – Tune – Composer

1 Flamingoes – Battle Zone – Edwin Pouchet/ Alvin Daniell
2 Tamana Pioneers – Pan on Fire – Winston Scarborough (DeFosto)
3 Antillean All Stars – Musical Fire – Atiba Sherwood
4 Arima Golden Symphony – Smooth Sailing – Winston Scarborough (DeFosto)
5 Panasonic Connection – Pan On Fire – Winston Scarborough (DeFosto)
6 Crescendoes Musicale – Pan War – Curtis Edwards
7 Codrington Pan Family- Pandemic – Cary Codrington
8 Tornadoes – Battle Zone – Edwin Pouchet/ Alvin Daniell
9 Longdenville Claytones – Battle Zone – Edwin Pouchet/ Alvin Daniell
10 Fascinators Pan Symphony – I Music – Len “Boogsie” Sharpe
11 Merrytones – Pan War – Curtis Edwards
12 Golden Hands – Dingolay – Winston Bailey (Shadow)
13 Tipica – Spreading Hands – Kenrick & Kenneth Headley
14 Laventille Serenaders – This Melody Sweet – Winsford Devine


1 Pan Elders – I Come Out To Play – Winston Bailey (Shadow)
2 Couva Joylanders – Smooth Sailing – Winston Scarborough (DeFosto)
3 Steel Xplosion – Radica – Kenneth Salick
4 Dixieland – Somewhere in Tobago – Amrit Samaroo/ Avis Bruce
5 West Side Symphony – Somewhere in Tobago – Amrit Samaroo/ Avis Bruce
6 Sforzata РWild and Free РAndr̩ White/ Kadeem Alleyne
7 Tokyo – Vibes – Jason “Peanut” Isaac
8 Valley Harps – Battle Zone – Edwin Pouchet/ Alvin Daniell
9 La Brea Nightingales – Surrender – Mark Loquan/ Destra Garcia/ Ken Philmore
10 Sound Specialists of Laventille – Surrender – Mark Loquan/ Destra Garcia/ Ken Philmore
11 Katzenjammers – Lightning Strikes Twice – Alvin Daniell
12 Curepe Scherzando – Battle Zone – Edwin Pouchet/ Alvin Daniell
13 Arima Angel Harps – Battle Zone – Edwin Pouchet/ Alvin Daniell
14 Buccooneers – Surrender – Mark Loquan/ Destra Garcia/ Ken Philmore


1 Siparia Deltones – Pavement – Darryl Henry/ Kerwin Du Bois
2 Exodus – Pan In De Mas – Pelham Goddard
3 Renegades – Battle Zone – Edwin Pouchet/ Alvin Daniell
4 Trinidad All Stars – Large Is Large – Leon “Smooth” Edwards
5 Our Boys – Something Special – Brian “Bean” Griffith/ Alvin Daniell
6 Fonclaire – Rewind – Mark Loquan/ Destra Garcia/ Ken Philmore
7 Invaders – Tell Dem – Arddin Herbert/ Ricardo Jones
8 Harmonites – Smooth Sailing – Winston Scarborough (DeFosto)
9 birdsong – Vibes – Jason “Peanut” Isaac
10 Pamberi – Sweetness – Winston Bailey (Shadow)
11 Desperadoes – Musical Magnum – Robert Greenidge
12 Redemption Sound Setters – Pan On Fire – Winston Scarborough (DeFosto)
13 Silver Stars – Battle Zone – Edwin Pouchet/ Alvin Daniell
14 Starlift – Pandemic – Cary Codrington
15 Skiffle Bunch – Pan On Fire – Winston Scarborough (DeFosto)
16 Phase II Pan Groove – Pan Army – Len Sharpe/Kernel Roberts
17 Tropical Angel Harps – Battle Zone -Edwin Pouchet/Alvin Daniell

A great many of the tunes played today are to be found on the 2010 Calypso Compilation – Something Special that is already available in all major download stores.

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Spirit of Carnival

The first release out of the Catalyst Music Camp for 2010:
Produced by Tony Brown for Mad Architect Music and Michelle “Miche” Williams for Catalyst Music.
Press text by Mad Architect:
Mr. Slaughter has been captivating audiences since the early days of Xcaliber Sounds. Known as a man of multiple talents, he is one of the few disc jockeys to cross over into the performing artist arena. With hits such as Pokey, Carnival I Love You & Tic Toc, he has been an act capable of bringing unique and mesmerizing ideas to the soca market.

This year is no exception. His latest release, Spirit of Carnival, is a 2010 offering that fully engulfs the emotions, energy and flavour of carnival season. It has elements of Jouvert, groovy and ragga soca all in one cohesive presentation. Visualizing this song on the road Carnival Tuesday, one can imagine the Spirit of Carnival taking full possession and causing carnival bliss.

Spirit of Carnival was co-produced by Michelle Miche Williams for Catalyst Music and Tony The Mad Architect Brown for Mad Architect Music. This song is one of the first tracks from their new campaign entitled The Unity Sessions. The Unity Sessions is a project created by the two production camps in an effort to spread more unity amongst the soca genre. They hope that by showing that producers and artists can work together as a team, it would be the early model that would facilitate soca into a more world recognized and profitable genre of music.

Cooperation is the key for overall success says The Mad pill marked cipro 500 Architect. I was happy to work on this project. There was a lot of talent involved between all the parties involved. The creative energy was so high at points that it was hard to sleep while working on this. But we pulled through and I hope it shows what the power of working as a team can do. And this is only the first project. I am excited to see what the future holds for future Unity Sessions. This is truly what the Spirit of Carnival is all about. Coming together as one and celebrating life. I think in these days of economical and social turmoil, we forget what Carnival is really all about.