Musical Instrument Museum - Brussels
Recently a low tenor steel pan was given to the mim (Musical Instrument Museum) by the government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. To celebrate this donation of their national instrument to the Belgian state, OUR BOYS Steel Orchestra will demonstrate in our concert hall what these tuned oil barrels are really capable of. Expect some Caribbean tunes, of course, but also Toto and even Mozart!
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*** Note: Previously, The National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad & Tobago had been publicized to perform...
Pantastic... keep up the export initiative
There has been recent controversy on WST regarding the use of certain terminologies, e.g., saying/writing "steelpan" instead of the original "steeldrum", and "mallet" instead of panstick". I am reminded of this in many WST posts, and would like to like to make the point that unless we use the termonology we think is right, don't expect the rest of the world to do so. The same thing applies to the patent ownership controversy, since if we fail to stake the first claim to the invention & evolution of the instrument, others will commercialize it in their own name. As a result of the latter, you might find odd/unconventional designs becoming the international standards even though the real standards in T&T are different. Plees correct me if I'm wrong.
Yes, IMHO you are correct... Every single aspect must be taken care of the proper way with action no just lip service. Less talk, more walk... We need to think big Bhoe at SteelFesTT:
The minister continued, "The pan fraternity has every reason to be proud, look at what you have created out of nothing! Look at what you have achieved in spite of the reality which has surrounded the invention and development of pan, the creation of music and evolution of pan as a musical instrument and music of pan and music for pan. Think of what you have achieved.
"I want to begin by suggesting that the first thing we must do is acknowledge that pan is a work in progress. It has taken us some time and the effort of many to get us here and we must continue the work perhaps more smartly and better propelled by knowledge and more competitively driven by innovation."
Secondly, "We need an accurate, properly documented history of pan, there is too much old talk, false claims, romanticism and myth-making. We need to give tangible recognition to the pioneers of pan and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago will do this with your help."