Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2022. 8:51 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: PanoGrama, the virtual international steel pan competition, will see its first Belizean contestant this year, as well as a contestant from St. Kitts and Nevis.
The event, which gathers contestants from all over the world will have a total of 11 participating to compete for over US$6,000 in prizes, including an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas, US$1,000 cash, and a session with a world-renowned steel pannist.
Representing Belize this year is Alexander Evans, who said, “It is a privilege and an honour to be the first Belizean to participate in this competition, and I hope to represent my country well and to remind the world that yes, Belize is here; We are strong in our Caribbean identity; and we can stand proudly on any international stage.”
The competition, which will be streamed on Youtube, will run from May 6-June 12.
The other events Antigua & Barbuda – Maurisha Potter, Malik Smith, Jawan Henry; Canada – Gabriel Chartrand, Thadel Wilson; France -Olivier Wiren, Mathieu Borgne; Grenada – Mikiel Smith; Jamaica – Kraig Bisnott; St Kitts & Nevis – Aaron Mentos; St Lucia – Al Alexander; Trinidad & Tobago – Shaquille Forbes, Marcus Prince, Sachelle Thomas, Devon Atherley, Jamel Cadette, Deja Cain, Simeon Superville, Aquila Pereira, Tevin Shockness, Christopher Neale, Hanif Goodridge, Emannuel Joseph, Jaron Woodsley; USA – David Yundi; US Virgin Islands – Miguel Bougouneau.
Loop News reports that the competition will choose a new winner this year as reigning champ Keishaun Julien of Trinidad and Tobago will not defend his title, explaining that he decided to take the time to work on his brand.
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