It was themed a ‘Pan Perfect Weekend’ and that it was.
From Friday night at Ilaro Court to the climax on Sunday evening at Brandons beach.
Hundreds poured into the Prime Minister’s official residence for the popular Pan Fusion and they were definitely in for a treat.
The event featured a tribute to the late Adrian Boo Husbands. Performing during that segment were Nicholas Brancker and Friends. There was also a video tribute for Boo.
Following that, the ZigE Walcott Azucar Orchestra totally, in Bajan terms, “up de ting”. No rain could stop the jamming as many patrons flocked to the front of the stage on the make-shift dance floor and danced the night away.
ZigE’s orchestra featured renowned musician Dane Gulston. The orchestra then teamed up with Lil Rick for a deejay segment that the crowd thoroughly enjoyed.
From Ilaro Court, the action then moved to the north for Speightstown Sizzlin. Residents of the north enjoyed some much-welcome “noise” in Speightstown. They enjoyed the sweet sounds of pan as they did their Saturday shopping.
The action then headed to Pan Pun De Sand on Brandons beach for the climax.
Thousands packed the beach for the free event and made it into a family affair. Patrons came out with their blankets, picnic baskets, coolers and chairs and enjoyed the pulsating pan music.
This year, they were entertained by five local bands including Combermere and Daryll Jordan Secondary School, AceWorx Community Steel Orchestra, SKF and the ever-popular Mosaic Steel Orchestra featuring renowned pannist David ZigE Walcott.
The school bands did an excellent job keeping the crowds entertained during the early parts of the show. So too did Aceworx Community Steel Orchestra.
SKF featuring Mistah Dale kept the crowd pumping for about 45 minutes as he sang some of his 2017 offerings.
The Mosaic Steel Orchestra was fantastic as usual. They even brought a surprise in artiste Marzville and kept the crowd jamming well into the night.
The special feature for this edition of Pan Pun De Sand was much welcomed. Pannist Dwight Callendar teamed up with deejays Hutchy and Sizz and the Riddim Tribe dancers, making for quite a spectacular showing.
Also joining them during this performance were singers Nikita and Sanctuary.
Producer of Pan Pun De Sand Randy Eastmond,said he was very pleased with the turn-out again this year and was glad to see everyone enjoying what they had to offer.
“Today we have 100 per cent Bajan bands being featured,” he said. “The love for pan is still definitely there and the people really do enjoy the music. Due to financial constraints, we kept it all Bajan and from what I can see, the crowd loves it. Maybe sometime in the future we can do a collaboration again.”
Corporate Communications Specialist at the National Cultural Foundation, Simone Codrington, said she was glad to see the love for pan music was still alive.
“This is probably one of the best pan events in the world. We have had over the years some ten to 12 thousands gathered here and it’s shaping up to be no different this year. The love for pan is very much still there. Rain or not, people do come out for the Pan Fusion event and Pan Pun De Sand and they thoroughly enjoy it each year,” Codrington said.