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‘Battle of the Sexes’ kicks off Pan Fusion

There will be a ‘Battle of the Sexes’ this Friday, July 10, when Pan Fusion, the annual Crop
steelband show, comes off at 8 p.m. on the grounds of Ilaro Court, the official residence of the Prime Minister.

Themed Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, and sponsored by First Citizens and Insurance Corporation of Barbados (ICBL), Pan Fusion marks the start of what will be a “pan-tastic” weekend in Barbados for steelband music lovers.

Producer of the event, Karen Pestaina of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), said Pan Fusion aims to put on display “what happens in the galaxy when it comes to steelpan”.

Producer of Pan  Fusion Karen Pestaina.

Producer of Pan
Fusion Karen Pestaina.

Reflecting this year’s ‘Battle of the Sexes’ theme, which Pestaina said was conceptualized by saxophonist Arturo Tappin, Friday night’s show will see a clash of top female and male pannists.

Doing battle for “Venus” will be overseas acts Iman Pascall and Kiblah Delgado who will come up against Kareem Thompson and Elan Trotman, representing “Mars”.

In the second half of the show, patrons can also look forward to a thrilling performance from local talent David ZigE Walcott.

First Citizen’s representative, Marquita Sugrim, said events such as Pan Fusion during the Crop
season, “provide necessary and important platforms to showcase our abundance in local talent”.

Pantasy After Party will again be staged immediately after Pan Fusion. It will feature acts such as Trinidadian soca artiste Farmer Nappy, Blood and Karibbean Kinetic leading the steelpan.

The “pan-tastic” Crop Over weekend continues on Saturday with the staging, up north, of Speightstown
Market and Pan around de town
from 10 a.m. followed on Sunday by the popular Pan pon de Sand on Brandons Beach, off the Spring Garden Highway, starting at 4 p.m.

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