Registration for the world’s first all-female steelpan music competition titled Girl Power, Diamonds, will close this Friday (November 27).
The virtual competition takes place between December 5-25, 2020.
Conceptualised and produced by the Steelpan Authority Woman and Steelpan Authority Music, the original showcase aims to put the spotlight on beauties from around the world – playing the national musical instrument of Trinidad and Tobago – using this exclusive platform to display their musical wares.
The music concept aims set female entertainers on the steelpan on an entirely new path to artistic and performing excellence.
This private sector driven undertaking will twin culture and tourism and is sure to guarantee more focused eyes on brand Trinidad and Tobago, from global on-lookers, in spite of the pandemic.
Girl Power, Diamonds! Contestants can register and perform in four categories: soloist, duet, trio and quartet, vying for attractive prizes.
Throughout the steelpan fraternity’s musical history, men have primarily been in the forefront, despite there being female musicians of equal stature.
“This showcase aims to give our excellent female pannists the spotlight they genuinely deserve. Steelpan Authority Woman and Steelpan Authority Music are offering a creative window to celebrate the national musical instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, globally and simultaneously the women who epitomise its beauty,” said executive producer Sean Nero.
He continued, “The event is designed not merely to showcase, but to also uplift women in music, finally recognising them as the creative heroes that they are. The world might be on lockdown, but the beauty of the steelpan shall rise above the restrictions, as the best and brightest exponents of the steelpan artform step forward.”
Rules of Engagement
A three-member panel of expert music adjudicators will preside over entertainers performing to tracks, as they improvise. Contestants will be required to play a new tune-of-choice when they advance to other levels of the competition. There will be three rounds of competition: preliminary, semi-final and final.
While soloists will have four minutes in the spotlight, duets, trios and quartets, will showcase their musical wares during a five-minute time slot.
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