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Panorama (music competition)

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Panorama is an annual music competition of steelbands from Trinidad and Tobago, taking place since 1963. It is usually held around Carnival time.


The first official Trinidad Panorama was held during Carnival celebrations in 1963.[1] It was originally pioneered by Chairman of the Carnival Development Committee, Ronald Jay Williams, who gave the festival its name.[2][3] Similarly styled "Panorama" steelband competitions are also staged at Carnival time in other Caribbean communities.

Typically, each steelpan orchestra plays a popular Calypso that is arranged into a piece with original introductions and variations.

As part of the International Conference on Pan (ICP) in August 2015, Trinidad hosted the International Panorama Competition. The international edition of Panorama was held over a two-day period, 8–9 August 2015. The competition brought together participants from the approximately 38 steelband-playing countries from around the world to compete against each other for the title of ICP Champions 2015.[4]

In 1979, Panorama in Trinidad was not held due to Rudolph Charles' fight for higher recognition of pannists. The competition was again cancelled in 2021 and 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is held in Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Past winners[edit]

List of past winners in the category Large Band:

Year Steelband Song Composer Arranger
1963 North Stars "Dan Is the Man" Mighty Sparrow Anthony Williams
1964 North Stars "Mama Dis Is Mas" Lord Kitchener Anthony Williams
1965 Cavaliers "Melody Mas" Lord Melody Bobby Mohammed
1966 Desperadoes "Obeah Wedding" Mighty Sparrow Beverly Griffith
1967 Cavaliers "Sixty-Seven" Lord Kitchener Bobby Mohammed
1968 Harmonites "Wrecker" Lord Kitchener Earl Rodney
1969 Starlift "The Bull" Lord Kitchener Ray Holman
1970 Desperadoes "Margie" Lord Kitchener Clive Bradley
1971 Harmonites "Play Mas" Lord Kitchener Earl Rodney
1972 Harmonites "St. Thomas Girl" Lord Kitchener Earl Rodney
1973 Trinidad All Stars "Rainorama" Lord Kitchener Rudy Wells
1974 Harmonites "Jericho" Lord Kitchener Rupert Mark
1975 Hatters "Tribute to Spree Simon" Lord Kitchener Steve Achaiba
1976 Desperadoes "Pan In Harmony" Lord Kitchener Clive Bradley
1977 Desperadoes "Crawford" Lord Kitchener Clive Bradley
1978 Starlift "Du Du Yemi" Winston Devine Herschel Puckerin
1979 No competition
1980 Trinidad All Stars "Woman on the Bass" Scrunter Leon "Smooth" Edwards
1981 Trinidad All Stars "Unknown Band" Blue Boy Leon "Smooth" Edwards
1982 Renegades "Pan Explosion" Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1983 Desperadoes "Rebecca" Blue Boy Clive Bradley
1984 Renegades "Sweet Pan" Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1985 (Tie) Renegades "Pan Night and Day" Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1985 (Tie) Desperadoes "Pan Night and Day" Lord Kitchener Beverly Griffith
1986 Trinidad All Stars "The Hammer" David Rudder Leon "Smooth" Edwards
1987 Phase II Pan Groove "This Feelin' Nice" Len "Boogsie" Sharpe Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
1988 Phase II Pan Groove "Woman is Boss" Len "Boogsie" Sharpe Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
1989 Renegades "Somebody" Winsford "Joker" Devine Jit Samaroo
1990 Renegades "Iron Man" Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1991 Desperadoes "Musical Volcano" Robert Greenidge Robert Greenidge
1992 Exodus "Savannah Party" Pelham Goddard Pelham Goddard/Desmond Waithe
1993 Renegades "Mystery Band" Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1994 Desperadoes "Fire Coming Down" Robert Greenidge Robert Greenidge
1995 Renegades "Four Lara Four" Merchant/DeFosto Jit Samaroo
1996 Renegades "Pan in a Rage" DeFosto Jit Samaroo
1997 Renegades "Guitar Pan" Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1998 Nutones "High Mas" David Rudder Clive Bradley
1999 Desperadoes "In My House" Emanuel Synette Clive Bradley
2000 Desperadoes "Picture on My Wall" Emanuel Synette Clive Bradley
2001 Exodus "Happy Song" Pelham Goddard Pelham Goddard
2002 Trinidad All Stars "Fire Storm" DeFosto Leon "Smooth" Edwards
2003 Exodus "Pandora" DeFosto Pelham Goddard
2004 Exodus "War" DeFosto Pelham Goddard
2005 Phase II Pan Groove "Trini Gone Wild" Len "Boogsie" Sharpe Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
2006 Phase II Pan Groove "This One's 4u Bradley" Len "Boogsie" Sharpe Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
2007 Trinidad All Stars "Pan Lamentation" DeFosto Leon "Smooth" Edwards
2008 Phase II Pan Groove "Musical Vengeance" Gregory Ballantyne Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
2009 Silver Stars "First in de Line" Edwin Pouchet/Alvin Daniell Edwin Pouchet
2010 Silver Stars "Battle Zone" Edwin Pouchet/Alvin Daniell Edwin Pouchet
2011 Trinidad All Stars "It's Showtime" Edwin Pouchet/Alvin Daniell Leon "Smooth" Edwards
2012 Trinidad All Stars "Play Yourself" Clive Telemaque Leon "Smooth" Edwards
2013 Phase II Pan Groove "More Love" Black Stalin Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
2014 Phase II Pan Groove "Jump High" Destra Garcia Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
2015 Trinidad All Stars "Unquestionable" Sheldon Reid Leon "Smooth" Edwards
2016 Desperadoes "A Different Me" "5Star" Akil Borneo Carlton "Zanda" Alexander
2017 Trinidad All Stars "Full Extreme" Ultimate Rejects ft. MX Prime Leon "Smooth" Edwards
2018 Renegades "Year for Love" Aaron "Voice" St Louis Duvone Stewart
2019 Renegades "Hookin' Meh" N. Batson, E. George, M. Hulsmeier, S. Galt & D. Henry Duvone Stewart
2020 Desperadoes "More Sokah" Nailah Blackman, Sekon Sta & Anson Soverall Carlton “Zanda” Alexander
2021 No competition
2022 No competition
2023 Renegades "Black Man Feeling to Party" Black Stalin Duvone Stewart
2024 (Tie) Renegades "DNA" Michel "Teja" Williams Duvone Stewart
2024 (Tie) Trinidad All Stars "Inventor" Scott Galt Leon "Smooth" Edwards


  • Felix I. R. Blake, The Trinidad and Tobago Steel Pan: History and Evolution, 1995. ISBN 0-9525528-0-9


  1. ^ First Panorama. Pantrinbago. Archived 1 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Williams, Ronald. "Panorama Night is Now On The Timetable" (PDF). University of the West Indies. Trinidad Express Newspapers. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ "First Panorama". Archived from the original on 1 November 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  4. ^ "August 8th & August 9th 2015: World's Largest Steelpan Competition", ICP.

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