Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
hey, sante, I dont think the comments meant to not to have the engine room in panorama, at least what it means was not to have the patrons inside with rhythm, they disrupt the bands from playing.
yes, we must have the engine room in the bands, and if anyone sugest "not to have the engine room in the bands' they must be crazy
The answer is easy. Love of money.
If president Keith Diaz and his board had any true interest of Pan at heart they would have strongly advised Minister Peters not to construct a "North Stand" because what first started off as the world's largest cocktail party (at the Prelims) degenerated into a competition of caucophony of sound and inanely at an even more crucial stage of the competition (Semi-Finals).
One stand in an arced design facing the stage to hold four to five times more than the Grand Stand now holds would have sufficed. By doing so, the price of tickets could be reduced and families and neighbours could again use this opportunity to picnic, enjoy and appreciate this most unique musical treat.
But no. This is the highest revenue maker of Pan Trinbago. So build a larger North Stand: capacity 9,000 at $300.00 per ticket. Tickets sold out within hours. Do the Math and see how much money they are raking in. What percentage of that income is expended in transportaion and housing of pannists and instruments. 70%?
In addition to this nonsense, the 'greens' lime is born and with it several tents in which each is housed a DJ who collectively have an aversion to pan music and surely enough a competition amongst themselves is sure to evolve. But this is not only allowed by Pan Trinbago but encouraged. They actually accommodated space on the greens for "groups" of more than 500 persons so that the smaller "groups" could stay upstairs of the North Stand. So that one of these "groups" paid $150,000.00 to go behind the North Stand to drink and wine on ah tong ting to DJ (non pan) musicat a Panorama SemiFinal!. How mad are we?
As an aside, about four to five years ago, I called the then program "Pan for the people" aired on 94.7 hosted by Keith Diaz and Richard Forteau. I asked to speak to Mr. Diaz off air. He obliged. After identifying myself and giving him the area I was calling from, I simply asked the man to explain to his listeners the justification of increasing the cost of Panorama Finals tickets by 100%. I paraphrase his reply - Who the hell are you to call and tell me how to run my business -
As a pan player, it is sooooo frustrating when, after many nights and early mornings of hard practicing, it can all be for naught in less than ten minutes, when these sections openly disrespect these efforts by refusing to either stop for the bands to play or even worse, play alongside them.
Some arrangements have crucial stops and crescendos. If rhythm is heard where silence is meant, who is penalised? Certainly not these rhythm sections. They go home happy now that they have displayed their skills.
I will accept these rhythm sections when I see "brass sections" amid the crowds in fetes and concerts. I say deny them entry into the stands with instruments and do away with that "greens" idea altogether. There are so many other ways and times to make money.
This is how carnival has evolved. The partygoers (with corporate sponsorship) and the traditional mas people, the partypeople (with corporate sponsorship) and pan lovers.
Why not have a day for the PARTYPEOPLE who love pan so much, let them have all the fun they wish without the distraction of any bands playing. Then lets have the real panorama without the distraction of the party people.
Every year it gets worse and worse. Imagine a Northern Greens at the back of the North Stand to distract bands during the National Panorama Semi-Finals, sanctioned by the Pan Trinbago.
Where are these lovers in jourvert or carnival day?? Where are all the pan players fighting to make the side for panorama?What about music festival? Stalin right about the part time lovers!
Just maybe pan dead and we performing the final rights!!