"The young must begin by being more active in the affairs of their bands/orchestras/panyards.
It is at the same time the sacred responsibilities of the current and past leadership, to encourage as many of the young players as you can to become active…"
" SIXTY ONE MILLION DOLLARS IS A LOT OF MONEY!!
If this figure is accurate, it demands that an immediate proer study be undertaken by UWI/UTT/PAN TRINBAGO to determine how this money was utilized/spent, from which recommendations could be made…"
"Taking positive action could ease your tabanca heartbreak. It is obvious that neither the political directorate nor the stake holders have the training or the vision you write about and that is needed. BUT THEY ARE THE REPRESENTATIVES who are…"
"Any work of art is a holistic unit and can only be appreciated as a whole.
Attempting to judge and award points/marks to different parts or segments, worst again by different judges is not the way to solve the problem of judging.
Even the current…"
"Your views noted and appreciated. That is the great thing about all ART, and one of the principal reasons why it should never be in competition. Appreciation of art is in the final analysis, subjective. Each person brings his or her own life…"
"My grand children play what they call mas. I couldn't get them to read this lament even if I got down on my knees.
I take a break sometimes from what I am doing on carnival days to look at the TV.
I try to time my viewing to catch Trinidad All…"
"Excellent analysis Andre. We now need suggestions for the next stage. Here is my 2cts worth.1. Establish a national forum/committee,commission (name not important) for developing a National Strategy for the future of PAN - the instrument, the music,…"
"Caspar, You have just made the case for research into the metallurgy of the PAN family of instruments.We cannot continue recycling waste and depending on native instinct.And I will add that that research should be given high priority at…"
"I don't think many of them have changed much either. But ours is dynamic and continues to grow and change. I have watched these changes since about 1935/36 when I hid form the blue devils behind a big box on Henry St in POS where we lived at…"
"Raffique is right.
The reason/s for the season is/are always in flux. That is the dynamic of how societies develop.
I have watched the changes for almost 80 years
The questions remain.
Can we as a society manage/ influence change in any particular…"
If you like, go ahead and tell your fellow WST Ning members about yourself here
I am a long time steelband enthusiast and backroom support person. I was PR Officer of Trinidad All Stars from about 1969 to 1991.
I am the founder of Multi Media Ltd and am also the producer of two sets of recordings - Classical Jewels 5 and Classical Jewels 6.
In the 1950's I was Secretary General of The National Youth Council and assisted Lennox Pierre in some of the steelband related activities of the Youth Council
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I " have 'G' in my 'DNA'"...Does that denote God, Great or Goddard? All three. :)
"PAN PEOPLE": Most 'pan people' are scared, insecure, and are afraid to think out of the box to create a much better and bigger box. Most need a dose of risk-management and business courses. Most are clueless of whom they really are thus are incapable of putting value to themselves, and this is because, in Trinidad & Tobago, there isn't significant value placed on the instrument thus, most still act and think consistent to the garbage can and biscuit tin covers. Since in the 1980s, my family and I placed pan alongside the harp, violin or any other sophisticated musical instrument, hence the reason why so many fail to comprehend my upward/moral stance when aligning self with pan.