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Pantastik weekend

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Pantastik weekend

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After many years, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) will host its full weekend of pan, featuring the First Citizen’s Pan Fusion today at Ilaro Court, then the CBC Pan In De City Cruise to Speightstown Market tomorrow and finally the Massy Pan Pun De Sand on Sunday at Brandon’s Beach.
?In previous years there was no Friday night pan event, but this year that is all set to change.
The First Citizens Pan Fusion has made its mark on the festival calendar over the years and during the 40th anniversary of the festival, this year’s event is expected to be a spectacular musical “Pantasy”.
?It will highlight the best of Barbados’ top musicians performing various genres of music and will feature jazz virtuoso Arturo Tappin, Trinidad’s Earl Brooks Jr., and American Jonathan Scales Fourchestra as the headline acts.
?The Royal Barbados Police Force Band combined with Pan Extreme will, in a first of its kind performance, transform Ilaro Court into one night of excitement when steel meets brass.
?Additionally, patrons will also get a chance to party the night away when the Pantasy After Party featuring Red Plastic Bag, Grynner and Li’l Rick follows the main event.
Next stop for this exciting weekend of pan will be the CBC Pan In De City Cruise To Speightstown.
?After last year’s success, the NCF is expecting a full Jolly Roger boat as they head to the north. It leaves at 5 p.m. and will feature Olakunde Steel Orchestra, RPB, Biggie Irie and DJ Diamond while the Speightstown Market, which starts from 10 a.m. and continues until 2 a.m. will feature a kaiso open mic session, the Eastland All Stars, RS Pantronics, Sunset steel orchestra and Q In The Community along with a full day of food, shopping and entertainment.
During the Massy Pan Pun De Sand, which is expected to be the biggest beach party of the year starting from 4 p.m., patrons will be treated to an exciting selection of pan on Brandon’s Beach.
?These include Pan In De Plaza Band, SKF Steel, Play As You Go, Olakunde, Pan Extreme, Mosaic Steel, Massy All Stars from Trinidad plus soca stars Mikey and Imani.
?Patrons will also get an opportunity to enjoy the World Cup Finals in the Bajan Food Court at 3 p.m.