'Souls of Steel' premieres - EntornoInteligente

Entornointeligente.com / News day / The launch and screening took place at the Little Carib Theatre in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain and made possible through the philanthropic arm of the Massy Group, the Massy Foundation. Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra manager, Beresford Hunte, thanked all attendees for their presence and expressed his gratitude to the Massy Foundation for its steadfast support of the band throughout the years.

Massy Foundation chairman, Gaston Aguilera, shared his and the foundation’s enthusiasm to be associated with Souls of Steel. Souls of Steel, which was directed by regional film director and producer, Dave Cropper of Cropper Media Limited, was commissioned in 2013 by the Massy Group (then Neal and Massy) in honour of its 25th anniversary as the corporate sponsor of Trinidad All Stars. A media release on the launch stated, “Cropper artfully wove together a mix of perspectives about Trinidad All Stars, its history, its achievements, its culture and values and its journey in the 2014 Panorama competition, offering a multi-faceted look at the famed steel band.”

During the screening the audience were regaled with on-screen anecdotes from players who reminisced on the band’s evolution over the last three decades, interviews with past and current members such as arranger Leon “Smooth” Edwards, long-standing member Dane Gulston, operations manager Jason “Stumps” Lewis and founder Neville Jules, and classic clips of the Massy Trinidad All Stars’ past performances.

The film’s content also includes footage from the band’s Panorama performance in 2014 – a contentious year for the band in which they placed second to Phase II Pan Groove in the Panorama finals, missing the title by only one point. This production was timely as 2015 also marks the 80th anniversary of Trinidad All Stars. Guests at the event were able to discuss the recent 2015 Panorama semi-finals, where Massy Trinidad All Stars topped the competition as well as have the first look at a “piece of history” about the eight time National Panorama champions.

The launch and screening at Little Carib Theatre was one of several activities planned by the band to commemorate its 80th anniversary throughout the year.

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