Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey-Moore says the results of the 2024 Panorama finals were just and fair.
Moments after bp Renegades and Massy Trinidad All Stars were declared joint winners of the Large Conventional Band category at the Queen’s Park Oval in the early hours of yesterday, Ramsey-Moore said bpTT played no role in or influenced the outcome of the results.
“Bp (British Petroleum) is just a sponsor. They have nothing to do with the judging. They do not select judges. They are not part of the process. The Pan Trinbago judging process is one of the fairest you can find anywhere in the world,” she said, as she acknowledged there were some people who feared a conflict of interest in bpTT being a sponsor of both the competition and Renegades.
Ramsey-Moore said she felt the tie was a fair result. “Renegades is a great band, All Stars is a great band. All our bands are great. And tonight, I can tell you any number could have played tonight. We are satisfied. The process has been executed and we have a winner. Happy Carnival.”
However, the Pan Trinbago boss did hint that this year could see the last tie.
“For a major competition like this, when I saw the scores, I thought to myself, wow, is it that moving forward we have to probably get a tiebreaker or something of the sort? Because for these major events, we would like to see one winner. Things can change up a bit, but maybe it is a decision to be made by the general membership.”
This is the third tie in Panorama after 1971 (Harmonites and Starlift) and 1985 (Desperadoes and Renegades).
With the result, the Charlotte Street-based Renegades surged ahead of Desperadoes for the most Panorama wins with 13, while All Stars are third with 11.
Arranger Duvone Stewart, responsible for four of the Renegades wins, said he took 18 days to arrange the song.
“But it was very, very tricky to the point that I wanted to bring something new to the table. But just to tell the story, to make the blind see, to make the deaf hear, and bring across that feeling that we are all Trinidadians, knowing that we are embedded in our DNA,” Stewart said.
In addition to the steel orchestras, the spectators were further entertained by a drone show midway through the competition that beautified the night sky over the Savannah. The drones welcomed the patrons and visitors to T&T and to the Carnival.
Ramsey-Moore was full of praise for the drones.
“It was an excellent show. When you look at it, it was like a movie,” she said, praising by spectators.
Healthcare workers came to the assistance of one pan player who passed out on the stage after her performance with Tropical Angel Harps. She was taken to the hospital.
Panorama in the past had combined the medium and large bands finals on Carnival Saturday. In 2020, however, the medium bands got their own stage in Tobago.
However, some patrons were not to pleased the event finished early. But Ramsey Moore explained that the early finish had its benefits.
“No, it’s not too short. It’s good timing. When you think that the number of the supporters that come here are senior citizens.
”While you have the younger people playing the instrument, a number of the patrons are senior citizens, and twelve forty-five is a good time for them to go home.”
She added, “Maybe we should have an after-party for the younger people. Maybe we’ll look at that for next year.”