The Republic Bank Angel Harps has captured the title of Panoroma Champions to dethrone last year’s joint winners LIME Commancheros and Coyaba New Dimensions.
It was a keen battle among the nation’s pan men at the National Stadium on Carnival Saturday night in the 2015 Panorama competition.
The two top bands both played the same song for the judges – the 2014 hit “Tune in your ruckukutungkung,” sung by calypso monarch, Edson Mitchell (Ajamu).
Republic Bank Angel Harps, playing in position number six, added a dimension to the song by utilizing of one the biggest Jab Jab songs for Spicemas 2015, “Jab on Sesame Street” in between the Ajamu composition.
LIME Commancheros was the 8th band to make its appearance and followed a similar route by incorporating the song “Like a boss”, sung by Trinidad Soca Star, Machel Montano into their rendition.
Captain of the LIME Commancheros, Steven Greenidge said the arranger of the band “thought that it would bring some extra added competition to Panorama this year, knowing that the Angel Harps playing this song (by Ajamu)”, by including the piece from Machel.
Unfortunately, it was not enough for Commancheros to capture the first position as the Republic Bank Angel Harps came out on top with 286 points – 13 points more than the St. Paul’s band.
Greenidge indicated that despite the loss, Commancheros will be coming back next year much stronger and better.
Manager of the Republic Bank Angel Harps, Brian Sylvester used the term “euphoria” to describe the capturing the title of Panaroma Champions 2015 by the band from The Carenage.
Noting that it has been a while since they have been in this position, Sylvester said: “We’ve done it by I think 13 points, so I think it’s a decent victory, one to be happy about”.
Sylvester explained to reporters the rationale behind the decision to select the tune of choice for Panaroma night.
“He (James Clarkson) actually selected that piece last year after we were called in third at the Tanteen Netball Complex. He decided since then that he wanted to do this tune…”, he said.
“…I think it was a challenge he (Clarkson) looked forward to. We’ve always worked very closely with Ajamu, all his (Clarkson) compositions has been sung by Ajamu, so they work very well together,” he added.
Ace pan man, David “Peck” Edwards was graceful in defeat and indicated that Coyaba New Dimensions remain humble and next year will be greater for the Melville Street-based band.
He said: “For me, it’s always a joy placing in the top three – of course we like to win but cannot win all the time. The public may not know that but we understand why we placed in that position. We are just going to accept it gracefully and go back to the drawing board as an orchestra because there are certain things that we have to modify and get to work.
“… We know if everything was right with Dimensions this year…we had something that turn up this afternoon (August 8th) that affected us in the way we would’ve performed,” he added.
The other places were filled by River Road Pan Wizards playing “Bad like Yaz” and placing, fourth, Pan Lovers, fifth, Florida All Stars, sixth, Rainbow City All Stars, seventh, Pan Ossia, eight and Grand Roy Pan Angels, ninth.