NGC Couva Joylanders Steel Orchestra successfully hosted its fourth annual concert Titans of Steel – Celebration of a Nation featuring the NGC Sweet Tassa, NGC Couva Police Youth Club, Laventille Rhythm Section, Tamana Pioneers, Newtown Playboyz and PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars.
The Titans of Steel concert series is part of the Joylanders’ Wealth Generation Project which aims to make band become self-sustaining and financially-viable through such community-based events.
The band opened its home base named House of Steel in December 2012 and hosted its first concert at the venue in 2014. NGC began sponsoring Joylanders’ in 2012.
Titans of Steel IV was held on September 30 without financial support of NGC. This is a major step towards achieving sustainability and operating as a business model, said a media release.
As part of its involvement to focus on the development aspects of the pan, NGC has agreed to support the band through its Capacity Building Programme and the band’s community objectives.
NGC’s sponsorship of several steelbands is structured to ensure sustainability. It includes a wealth generation component designed to support commercial ventures that generate revenue; capacity-building programmes to provide training for the band management with the aim of increasing operational efficiency; and a music literacy segment to train members in the reading music. The funding also assists with preparation and performances for Panorama and other competitions.
Joylanders is strongly involved and devoted to the training and development of individuals within the community, with its Junior Pan Programme, involving the Couva Police Youth Club. The band has qualified for Panorama finals from 2014 to 2017.
NGC’s focus on the national instrument is one of over two decades and goes beyond infusions of capital.