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‘Who Is Copeland?’
sung by Mark “Oscar” Roberts
composed by Mark Roberts
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With all the activity surrounding Dr. Copeland's name because of the recent release of the panorama tune "Who is Copeland?" WST felt it was only fair that you read for yourself information Dr. Copeland who is a participating member of the WST forum. To his credit, Dr. Copeland has never separated himself from participating in the forum discussions or providing useful information to the pan community.
There are many Trinidadians and Tobagonians and Caribbean people living here and abroad and people all over the world that have made valuable contributions to the pan and its various accessories. Trinidad has already lost an important Patent in the matter of the method of cutting, sinking and grooving the pan, something which was first discussed by Copeland and others years ago but due most likely to delay in applying the pan industry professionally, it was leaked out and some how got into the hands of others internationally. Ideas are not patented or copyrighted. One has to produce something substancial and with that, the first one to reach the Patent office can be successful. Due to the early tradition of the pan and how it started and the many hands which evetually turned it into something of substance, it would have be an impossible task patenting the traditional pan. Mannette brought in on thing, Williams another, Jules another, Charles another and Marshall yet another. Plus all the inbetween inventors and innovators situated first in T&T before those five promininent inventors, then after the pan itself took formal shape right down to the bass, the innovators continuing in T&T and worldwide after its formal shape. Some patenting their works and others not bothering to do this. So many inventors and innovators of newly structured pans in all various shapes and sizes exist across the globe. This is a natural development and takes place with all inventions of this world. Then who is Copeland? He is just one of these multi talented inventors and innovators of pan and we should be proud of him.
What may have happened to Dr. Copeland is his involvement with the govenment as a financier of his inventions and or innovations in pan. This is why I repeatedly say that pan has to completely divorce itself from government contributions of any sort. As one regime comes and goes another comes in and completely reject the stance of the previous one. It is not Copeland. It is that we as citizens of T&T and especially of the pan community do not understand the true value of the pan invention. We continue to think that only the first prominent inventors are to be credited but yet they are not paid any thing substantial for their early inventions. We continue to think that anyone brining in something new to the pan is really a thief to the pan. We continue to think that when non Trinidadians and especially Americans bring something to the pan ,that they can do this and can make millions with it, while we continue to starve with our pan invention. We have not been abe to formally industrialize it. If and when we do this, we would then see and know who is Copeland but we will also then see the thousands of "Copeland types" that live and exist off the pan on this planet by developing techniques and innovations for the pan and its accessories. We cannot see, so we ask the question who is Copeland from a blind man's point of view. Copeland and thousands of university professors and scientists exist and are interested in the sound and various elements of the pan invention. In truth, the pan needs further devlopment in many directions. It is not finished to its completed state of development. Much is to be done with it. Much is to be done with it from an industrial point of view as well.
This is a nice calypso. I like it.
Nice melody good lyrics.Nice lyrical flow. ( by that I mean the lyrics flow smoothly off the singer's tongue without sounding forced or clumsy)
On the subject matter, however, the singer seems to suggest that only contributors who came directly out of the panyards should be recognized.
I tend to disagree.
I reject this negativity,
There is room for everyone. Recognition for one does not mean that others lose. We need all of our Pan innovators. Prof. Copeland has brought his technological knowledge to bear on the development of Steelband technology, involving a host of young people - musicians and engineers in this process. The UWI is proud to be part of this innovative process.
We have been accustomed to fighting for crumbs hence the tendency to fight each other in this process. Who is Copeland? He is son of San Fernando Mas man the late, Mack Copeland, he is a Trinidadian citizen, research engineer and pan lover.
Love it. A controversial topic with Copeland, the Gpan and the PHI. On the Gpan there is a German Eckard who made the BIG MAMA and was played by Hadeed in a jazz album with Rudy Smith Jazz 'n' in the late '90.
Then there is the Cupid epan vs PHI bachannal
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