Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
By \\\\\ Gary Cardinez
Reigning National Panorama Champions, Massy Trinidad All Stars has expanded its horizons beyond “Hell Yard” as the band seeks to diversify into ventures other than music and the business of music. The band has completed the purchase of the property at 42-44 Duke Street, Port of Spain which is in front and to the east of the famous panyard.
This was revealed by manager Beresford Hunte recently when Massy Holdings celebrated the Panorama Champions with an evening of entertainment “Under The Trees” at The Normandie, St Ann’s.
The function was to commemorate All Stars’ ninth Panorama victory this year as well as its 80th anniversary. The news of the acquisition of the building just added to the joy and pride felt by the members on the night. Hunte told the audience the management team had successfully concluded the purchase of the property and they will soon be putting it to use. This he said is a financial investment for the band as they work towards becoming financially self-sufficient.
“We cannot solely depend on contributions and earnings from Panorama performances and other small ventures. This is critical for our growth and development as a social and cultural institution,” Hunte said.
When asked about the purchase, All Stars financial manager, Nigel Williams said, “This is in keeping with our long-term vision to grow not just as a steel orchestra but as a business institution. We have been looking out for things in which to invest and went after this property vigorously.”
Hunte used the opportunity to thank his management team for the hard work they put in to keep the band at the top. He also thanked Massy Holdings CEO Gervase Warner for his passion and interest in the band.
I am not a All Stars fan but I got to Applaud them, so many times I have read on this forum that the Steelbands need to do things to be Self-sufficient, well All Stars is heading in the right direction,
Congratulations are in order. But Renegades led the way-long time.
Does anybody knows it Exodus own their Property also?
Bede not sure if you meant it or if but XO owns NOTHING. MR.Mohammed owns EVERYTHING up to and including the pans and the bank account ...............
Renegades own their yard and the buildings in it, and the property next to it, which they rent out. I guess they don't really talk their business. Action more important than talk.
'Nuff Props & Respect!!!
Lilian much respect ..... but you sound very upset with the freedom of press in T&T All Stars did NOT call a press conference to make this announcement ...... I will like to also add NO FUNDING from the SPONSOR or POLITICAN was received to make this a reality ........ As a member of the East Dry River bands.......Renegades, All Stars ,Despers show some love.........
You Guys have done it all, what an example, you have shown the world what a well run steelband can do. All Stars you make ALL pan people proud. CONGRATULATIONS.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL STARS.ALL THE BEST FOR THE FUTURE.GOD BLESS
Congratulations to the management team of Massy Trinidad All Stars for the eventual purchase of 42-44 Duke Street. This is truly a very sound investment which would definitely redound to the benefit of all members of the band.
We truly salute you!
Congrats and Big Up to All Stars (TASSO). Considering all those "still in search of...", maybe we'll see a trend where steebands can all own and call their Pan Yads, Home...
Even Afropan still needs a summer home-away-from-home to "structure" Afropark Pan Yard as their/we own.
Congratulations are indeed in order for the members and management of Trinidad All Stars for taking such an important step in securing the band's future.
Congratulations also to any other bands that have had the foresight to pursue similar actions.
And this is not about bragging, or talking points as implied by Lillian.
This is about the future of the art form in T&T, and one area where bands should not be in competition, but should be supporting and emulating each other.