Peter Ray Blood
The 2024 National Panorama Competition was launched on Sunday, November 5, at the Republic Bank Exodus Pandrome in St Augustine. Popular radio personality Ken Simmons did a wonderful job hosting the launch, keeping patrons delightfully engaged between performances.
Following a music prelude by DJ KC Klass is Class and some traditional Carnival characters, 2023 Single Pan National Panorama champion Chord Masters performed followed by a welcome address by Pan Trinbago Inc President Beverly Ramsey-Moore. Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Randall Mitchell also addressed the gathering.
Also seen at the launch were Minister Penelope Beckles, Tunapuna MP Esmond Forde, National Carnival Commission (NCC) Chairman Winston "Gypsy" Peters, Port-of-Spain Mayor Chinua Alleyne, attorney Martin Daly, Pan Trinbago Inc Northern Region Chairman Desiree Myers and Downtown Carnival Chairman Councilor Jenneil Frederick.
Doing an exceptional job, its servers, fashionably attired with the catering, was the staff of The Grape Vine Limited, of Diego Martin, owned by Emile Wihby.
Following Chord Masters' performance were Uptown Fascinators, Katzenjammers, Exodus, and reigning National Panorama (Large) champion bpTT Renegades.
The live entertainment continued after Renegades' performance with a performance by calypsonian Pharoah, also a Pan Trinbago Inc official.
Pharoah was followed by Chuck Gordon whose repertoire included one of his C2K24 songs, "In the Panyard." Next up was Viking Ding Dong, one of the most engaging artistes today.
The evening ended on a high note with Nailah Blackman entering the stage at 10 p.m. to sing the very popular "Come Home" followed by "Iron Man."
- Preliminary judging for the 2024 National Panorama Competition begins on Saturday, November 11 with regional panyard adjudication for Single Pan steelbands of the Tobago Zone. Two steelbands will be judged.
- In total, 46 Single Pan steelbands have registered for preliminary panyard judging.
- Single Pan panyard preliminary judging continues nightly, until November 18, in the various regions of Pan Trinbago Inc.