Roach to be honoured with Caribbean Artistic Development award in the U.S.A.
Global: Three years ago, the visionary Tobagonian Nevin Roach showcased ingenuity during the challenging heights of the COVID-19 lockdowns, giving birth to PanoGrama, the world’s first online steelpan competition. The inaugural event drew thousands virtually on Instagram, gaining popularity in subsequent years. Now, Roach is set to receive the 2024 Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Award for Caribbean Artistic Development.
At its core, PanoGrama is a testament to the power of simple yet innovative ideas. The solo competition united the international steelpan community, providing a platform to showcase exceptional talents. However, PanoGrama's impact extended far beyond entertainment and became a highly anticipated event globally.
Roach expressed, “I am truly honored. This instrument that I love embodies the shared history of the Caribbean and holds the potential to address pressing societal issues, particularly among the youth. I will continue to make a positive contribution. Thanks to the awards' organizers, PanoGrama team members, and everyone on this journey. Special thanks to Trinidad and Tobago for all the love.””
PanoGrama has showcased extraordinary talent from Trinidad and Tobago, across the Caribbean, and around the world. Trinidad and Tobago’s Earl Brooks, Jr. won the inaugural event, with Keishaun Julien claiming the title in the second staging. Countries such as Canada, England and the US have also been represented, among others. France’s Mathieu Borgne secured the title in the competition's last staging.
Roach will be honoured at YGB’s 19th annual awards next year alongside other honourees during Black History Month in the United States of America. Past honourees include Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, and Buju Banton, among others.