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Breaking News -- Bands Boycott Grenada Panorama - Stage not ready for prime time

St. George's, Grenada, W.I. - As a result of the lack of a proper stage, the Grenada steel orchestras have just voted to boycott the 2017 Panorama at an emergency meeting. 

This - as the Panorama itself was scheduled and advertised to get underway earlier this evening at 7:00 p.m. EST - two and a half hours ago.  So, at showtime, the bands REFUSED to mount, and perform on, a stage that was incomplete and not ready for the steel orchestras.

"Stage" at Panorama competition time (Grenada National Stadium); image by R. Cadet

In the "Chat room" associated with the Pay-Per-View for the event, viewers were incensed at this totally unexpected turn of events. Reportedly - though not confirmed officially - refunds are supposed to be processed.

Tonight's occurrence of an inadequate stage for performing, follows the pattern of disrespect meted out to the Grenadian pan musicians. Reports further state that there were NO LIGHTS or SOUND SYSTEM in place, and the Judges' seating area was also incomplete.

Last year, 2016, the winners were physically shoved off the stage when they tried to come on and celebrate which is the tradition.

Additionally, there was no presentation of the 2016 Panorama trophy, or any acknowledgement following the so-called announcement of results.  Instead, the preparation by Event organizers, were underway for the apparently more-favored music event that was to follow the Panorama, and equipment already set up on the stage.

So - the disrespect for the steelband art form continues...

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GRENADA braver than TRINIDAD!!!

WOW!!!

Finally, I have lived to see steelband men with balls, cojones. Thanks Grenada pan men. RESPECT.

Patrick: From today forward I have NO RESPECT for PAN MEN in Trinidad. And utter disrespect for ALL the EXPATS who came on this forum earlier this year and cried like LITTLE BABIES for their PANORAMA.

Imagine GRENADIANS come to Trinidad and take over CALYPSO and PAN and then they loss all dey cojones (because of POLITICAL CONSIDERATION) and the GRENADIANS in GRENADA stay there (in Grenada) and have more balls than them.

I give up on THIS PAN TING!!! It is QUITE HOPELESS!!!

I share your views totally.
Total disrespect for Pan players in the Caribbean. T&T Pan players don't have unity and that is why the Big 5 have decided to do their own thing. Let's see how this plays out when the news get to the Mecca. In life you have to make sacrifices to achieve rewards and I am sure the governing Pan body in Grenada will be in disarray because of their failure to put on this annual panorama that the pan players have been practicing hard for the last few weeks .

Bless these pan players for demanding respect for their talents, skills, commitment and beings. Yippee!!! May Trinidad pan players garner the courage to do the same.

take something from Grenada.they are doing something good for pan.

So where is Cecil, odw, bugs, Aquil, JJJ and the rest on this issue?? Awww, is not a trini ting?

This a boss move by the Grenadian steelbands. The prime minister of Grenada needs to step to the plate and address the situation.
Trinidad, Brooklyn and Antigua pan people need to drink some Grenada water.

bugs

patrick ramdoo under the same circumstances the result will be the same in T&T

So yuh think that trinis would boycott the biggest show in town during carnival season? Nah, not dem trinis. We like pan more than progress.

The Organizers of this show not ready for prime time, no one came to help them?

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