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


IS Barry Padarath in or out?

The People’s National Movement (PNM) is considering mounting a legal challenge to the candidacy of Barry Padarath, the United National Congress (UNC) Princes Town candidate for the 2020 general election.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday expressed satisfaction with the findings of the pre-election 2020 poll conducted by Nigel Henry which showed the People’s National Movement (PNM) five per cent ahead of its main rival, the United National Congress (UNC).

OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her “minions” in the United National Congress (UNC) have now “stepped over the line” by attacking the father and brother of National Security Minister Stuart Young.

Young said so yesterday at a news conference at the Ministry of National Security in Port of Spain.

Covid-19 has caused a massive shift in what’s uppermost in the minds of citizens, with the pandemic now trumping crime as the major worry.

“Concern over the coronavirus pandemic has overtaken concern over crime, which had previously polled as the most pressing national issue for almost a decade.

AS the number of Covid-19 cases continues to climb daily in Trinidad and Tobago, a staff member and a child at the St Jude’s School for Girls have tested positive for the virus, while the Montrose Government Primary School has been ordered closed after a pupil was exposed to a contact of a Covid-19 case.