"People pay to see basketball and football.Advertisers and sponsors pay for the huge viewing audiences that sport and entertainment attractions. Mas players pay the DJ trucks for their music to wine to. Who pays the pan players for their music? Start…"
"T&T did not only give the world a new complete set of musical instruments and a musical genre. We gave language a new definition of the word 'panorama'. If Oxford hasn't added it to their dictionaries as yet, it is about time that…"
"WE do not have to reinvent the wheel.QUEEN'S HAll was originally conceived by a committee of citizens led I believe by Mrs. May Johnstone. The committee, raised the original funding, later augmented by the government, promoted the idea and…"
"Never in their wildest dreams could that bunch of determined disadvantaged young men, harassed and disavowed by family and elders, harassed and pursued by agents of the law, but remaining committed to their individual rights and freedom to pursue…"
"This is where WE and especially PANTRINBAGO, have dropped the ball.
WE have spent too much time and money on VANITY, SHOW WINDOW, and SHORT TERM projects and activities rather than on STRATEGIC LONG TERM planning, and implementation of development…"
"Before the politicians in a bid to win votes started to pay pannplayers and created the hustle economy mas players paid to play. True it was a small t'ing, but you paid your money and you got your stamp.
Instead of building on this noble…"
"Answer this question truthfully. If masplayers in other carnival bands pay fur the music* they dance to on carnival days, Then who should pay panplayers for the music they wine and jam to from jouvert to laslap? * The cost of the music inclusive of…"
"I did not suggest we need a STEEL INDUSTRY starting with iron ore.
I suggested we need a strategy for a STEEL DRUM/PAN/INSTRUMENT industry that could capitalise on our intellectual property and profit from the currently burgeoning steel pan…"
"THE CRISIS IS NOT A SHORTAGE OF STEEL DRUMS
It is the absence of a national strategy and plans for the holistic development of a SteelPan/Drum Industry in Trinidad and Tobago.
75 plus years after creating the science and the family of…"
"Check my math.
Average sales 9000 instruments Average Price US$400. Total sales US$3,600,000Estimated profit 33.3 % = US$1,198,200 or TT$7,792,200. How does this compare with our local manufacturers.
That is for only one of the many foreign…"
"There is no similarity, nor are there any points of comparison between the problems of representation in cultural and sports organisations and the problems of unity and the labour movements relationships with government and employers. Because there…"
"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…"
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.