Desperadoes won the race to National Panorama title number 12 when the band amassed 286 points to dethrone two-time defending champion BpTT Renegades.

Performing in position seven in the Large Band category at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Saturday, the Laventille-based steel orchestra delivered a scintillating performance of Nailah Blackman’s “More Sokah” arranged by Carlton “Zanda” Alexander, to reverse semi-final round placings with Renegades, who had topped the semis with 283 points and who was also chasing their 12th title.

Renegades' delivery of the Duvone Stewart arranged "Wrong Again" earned them 282 points, to finish in a tie for second with Trinidad All Stars, who delivered another silky smooth rendition of Leon “Smooth” Edwards arrangement of “More Sokah".

In being pipped to the title number 12, the Charlotte Street based Renegades was also denied the opportunity of recording a historic second hat-trick of Panorama victories, after becoming the first and only band to accomplish the feat with wins in 1995, '96 and '97.

The surprise of the evening was the placing of preliminary round leader Exodus, who had occupied joint second with Desperadoes at the semi-final stage of the competition.

Exodus failed to impress the judges with their performance of "Dear Promoter" arranged by Terrence “BJ” Marcelle, finishing tied for seventh with Supernovas with 276 points.


1. Desperadoes “More Sokah” Carlton “Zanda” Alexander - 286

2. Renegades “Wrong Again” Duvone Stewart - 282

2. Trinidad All Stars “More Sokah” Leon “Smooth” Edwards - 282

4. Phase II Pan Groove “2020 Vision” Len “Boogsie” Sharpe - 281

5. Invaders “Feeling It” Arddin Herbert - 279

6. Skiffle “Wrong Again” Kendall Williams, Marc Brooks, Odie Franklin - 277

7. Exodus “Dear Promoter” Terrance “BJ” Marcelle - 276

7. Supernovas “Dear Promoter” Amrit Samaroo - 276

9. Tropical Angel Harps “More Sokah” Clarence Morris - 274

10. Redemption Sound Setters “Wrong Again” Michael Toby - 273

11. Fonclaire “Dear Promoter” Darren Sheppard - 268


SHOCKED and flabbergasted.

That is how North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) chief executive officer Davlin Thomas felt whilst reading the Sunday Express lead story yesterday in which outpatients related their agony of having to wait long periods for health care at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

Most outpatients interviewed by the Express over the last few weeks expressed continued frustration over postponements of appointments.

A Santa Flora man was chased and shot dead in the middle of the roadway yesterday.

He was identified as Trevor Hospedales.

Police said 47-year-old Hospedales was sitting on the roadside with his stepson, a Venezuelan national, when a man walked up to them at around midday.