PRESS RELEASE 2017
10 Years of Pan Clash was celebrated on Sunday 22nd October 2017 at The Tabernacle, W11. With that said it is fitting that a whole new generation of steelpan soloist took part this year in the Over 16’s category some of which were only 10-years old when this competition began.
The champions this year included Lola Peach in the Under 16’s Category. Lola is also a part of the Kingsdale Foundation School; champions of our event Classorama (school Steelband competition in July). The over 16’s category competition winner Ebow Mensah was the champion last year in the under 16’s category which is both a fantastic achievement on his part and he will receive his first British Association of Steelbands (BAS) Award this year as a result. Other prizes included £500 cash and 4 tickets the the British MOBO Awards.
It was a very nice evening that included performances from Carlene ‘Sweetwrist’ Etienne, Debrah Romain and Alexander D. Great. The whole event had a natural high as many people involved were recognising how long they have been a part of this event. Kayleigh ‘Loudmouth’ Lewis who is a recognised British comedian said to the founder of Pan Clash Shareen Gray “You bought me to the stage before I was even a comedian and believed in me before I knew I loved a mic and a stage. You saw something in me 10 years ago and continued to watch me grow into the stage woman I am today! Not everybody has the friends or platform to do what they love and instead of beating down on people you prefer to lift them up and I am forever grateful!”
The evening ended with a speech from Shareen Gray giving flowers and a bottle to the presenters Tubbs & Kayleigh ‘Loudmouth’ Lewis who have become the faces of Pan Clash, steelpan musicians Samuel Dubois and Thomas Sinclair for supporting the event in many ways from the beginning and the BAS Debi Gardner who has supported this event since 2007.