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Friday, January 10, 2014 • Issue 122
Kahblis may not be a household name but if Keron
George has anything to do with it, that's about to
George, aka Kahblis, is gearing up to make his soca
debut for Carnival 2014 and has already released his first
single, titled Don't Disturb Mi. Penned by popular song-
writer, Jason 'Shaft' Bishop, the song hit the airwaves a
few weeks ago and has already been receiving moderate
airplay on urban radio. Wasting no time, Kahblis, 31, is cur-
rently in the studio again working on his second track - On
The Road - to be released at the end of January. Com-
posed by the group, We Mad, and produced by Fryktion
and Precision Productions, Kahblis says the song encour-
ages masqueraders to "cast their troubles away" and have
a good time on the road for Carnival.
Now with a brand new team behind him, which he calls
'team Kahblis,' the Tobago-born artiste says he will be
pulling out all the stops and has dedicated his time to hon-
ing his craft as he hopes to make his name in the increas-
ingly competitive soca industry.
"After a slow start over the years the game plan has
changed," he explained.
"I am networking more and the Kahblis music team has
evolved to include people from various backgrounds who
are supporting me as I forge ahead."
Although he has yet to break into the soca world, Kahb-
lis has been working quietly for quite some time. He began
his music career at 14 singing in his church's choir and
later, the Signal Hill Alumni choir. Since then, Kahblis was a
feature act at the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organi-
sation's (TUCO) Calypso tent for Carnival 2k13 and has
performed at various events in Tobago including Soca
Under the Sammon Tree, an annual fete hosted by To-
bago-based Radio Tambrin.
The Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive alumnus who says
"music is my life," draws inspiration from veteran calypso-
nians The Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener, as well as
soca heavyweights Bunji Garlin and Machel Montano.
"I am not a big name right now but that is why I have
adopted the slogan, 'The pied piper of soca' because soon
the masses will be following me," he asserted.
And with soca now on the tips of many tongues on the
international music scene, Kahblis, who also hopes to
enter this year's Soca Monarch Competition, says he
stands ready to do his part to further catapult soca onto
the world's stage. The time, he says, is now.
Ok guys, the 'pan fanatic' is back to give you a ball
by ball or should I say stick by stick play of the pan
happenings for 2014 which will be done under the
theme 'Celebrating the Evolution of Pan'. Even though
the season is long and some bands are still unsure of
their tune of choice we will jump right into it and start
with the anticipated Panorama Semis.
With a successful Launch of Panorama 2014 already
behind their backs and 174 steelbands registering for
Panorama 2K14, the President of Pantrinbago, Keith
Diaz, is certain that 2014 will be one of the best years
ever for Pan.
"Not only will Pan Semis be bigger and better, likewise
will Panorama and Pan by extension," he said when I vis-
ited his office last week.
While everything remains the same for the Grand and
North Stand, the Greens will see some positive changes.
"No longer will there be a separation of the Greens, in-
stead there will be a free flow of traffic throughout the
area, clamping down on past issues while enhancing the
enjoyment of all," says Diaz. Asked to clarify if that
means the Greens and the North Stand will once again
be one, he said he had to consult with the fire services
before confirming but did say the prices for both areas
would be the same across the board.
In order to keep focus of
what the event
about for that day, big screen monitors will be strategi-
cally placed throughout the Greens to broadcast bands'
performances. All music will be disallowed during each
To draw more youths into the Pan World, Diaz and his
team are working assiduously in finding avenues to lure
them in, hence the birthing of the Greens which came
from a hybrid of two main ideas: to make use of the
area that no longer held the North Stand a few years
ago by some men out of the Island People Camp, and
find a common space for the youths to enjoy the na-
"The great thing about the Semis is that each area
has a personality of its own and is always filled to ca-
pacity" explains Diaz. The Grand stand is where the
more mature crowds flock to, while the North is for the
Pan-feters and the Greens is for the posses."
Also on the agenda for Panorama 2K14 will be a prize
trip to Africa which will now be added to the Panorama
winnings of annual monetary awards and bragging
rights; an initiative created through the collaborative ef-
forts of former President Professor George Maxwell
Richards and PanTrinbago.
Furthermore a new Groovy competition for pan will
be held on Carnival Monday and is expected to become
an annual event.
"It was realised that people gravitate towards DJs on
Carnival Tuesday but on Monday most people chip be-
hind steelbands who tend to play groovy songs. There-
fore, we recognised this was a great way to mesh the
culture while assisting song writers and singers and giv-
ing more exposure to pan, hence the competition," Diaz
"Therefore on Carnival Monday from 4pm, special
judging will be implemented to bands playing local
Groovy soca songs on the road. However, each region
North, South, East and Tobago will be allocated
TT$150,000.00 to structure their prizes and pay the
bands as they see fit."
Diaz said he has a vision to take pan to a different
level. "With these things being implemented and with
the introduction of more pan events during the year, pan
will be well on its way to the next level locally, regionally
and internationally," he said.
• Phase II Pan Groove - Large Band
• Buccooneers - Medium Band
• Arima Golden Symphony -- Small Bands
• San Juan East Side Symphony -- Single Bands
Dates of Competition
• Eastern Region National Panorama Single Pan
Preliminaries 2014 -- Thursday, January 30 at
• Tobago National Panorama Single Pan Prelimi-
naries -- Friday, January 31 at 8 pm
• Northern Region National Panorama Single
Pan Preliminaries -- Saturday, February 1 at
• South Central Region National Panorama Sin-
gle Pan Preliminaries -- Sunday, February 2 at
• Eastern Region National Panorama Small and
Medium Preliminaries -- Thursday, February 6
• Tobago Region National Panorama Small and
Medium Preliminaries -- Friday, February, 7 at
• Northern Region National Panorama Small and
Medium Preliminaries -- Saturday, February 8,
• National Panorama semifinals -- February 16
Any posse wanting to register for the Greens can do so di-
rectly at PanTrinbago's Head Office.
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