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London panman says little value to int’l pan conference

Pepe Francis is Chairman of the British Association of Steelbands

by Sharmain Baboolal Sunday, August 16 2015 - Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

Founding member and leader of London’s Ebony Steelband, Pepe Francis, says the International Conference on Pan held two weeks ago in Port-of-Spain “took us down a garden path.” “If we had to do it all over I would cut out the conference and concentrate on the Panorama,” said Francis, who is also the chairman of the NottingHill Carnival Committee.

In an interview before he left Trinidad last week, Francis said: “Too much energy was spent on the conference where everybody was making a presentation. It seemed like they were saying ‘how wonderful we are, how wonderful my organisation is, how wonderful it is,’ yet the issue of standardisation never materialised,” he noted. “Still a final decision on the International Committee on Pan (comprising steelband bodies from all over the world) will take a few months.

Once the Trinidad elections (September 7) are over, there may be another party in power and it is likely they will revisit these projects even though the government is doing a fine job, as it is now,” said Francis.

Ebony Steelband tied for ninth place with Panorama Steel of Japan in the competition.

Current European Champions, the band was born out of the Ebonites in Morvant with a few Trinidadians who had moved to England. It is one of the first bands to start off NottingHill Carnival in 1969 and has developed a reputation for bringing out the biggest mas band on the road. “I would love to see the International Panorama happen again in the next three to four years but good management is lacking in a lot of areas,” said Francis, pointing to a need for more involvement with the overseas bands in the planning stages.

Among problems he identified as being faced by overseas bands was cost of transporting the band members and no budget for accommodation.

“I used my home at Pole #171 Laventille Extension Road, Mon Repos, Morvant and transported everyone to the Valley Harps Pan Yard in Petit Valley for daily practice.

“It all started from the moment we arrived from London; we were stuck at the Piarco International Airport for four hours because nobody knew who was supposed to come and get us. I eventually got two maxi taxis and when we arrived in Morvant we had to pack the pans in the yard, it was not until the the following morning Valley Harps came with two trucks to collect the pans to take to the panyard,” he said. “One of my dreams was to see my band cross the stage at the Panorama and I have also been pushing Pan Trinbago to do something like that, but it should have been better organised.

“There were other issues, for example, we could not get a proper six bass - so Harmonites sent us one, and we had to shift the B and F notes and then we got two G pan nine bass from Skiffle.

“Then there is the issue of how the steel band leaders were treated - a clear lack of hospitality. Players and their band leaders were pushed unto the grounds where the North Stand usually is, Francis said. Overall, Francis believes the experience would benefit the young players because “it’s an experience they might never get in their life again.”

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I don't think Diaz will ever have it as good as it is with Lincoln Douglas.

We disagree on that!

ha ha ha LMAO

bugs

First of all let me apologise to the steel band community for the way this article have been written for one I don't recall having this type of interview with anyone from when steel talks and as someone who enjoyed the conference in its entirety and the fact that we managed to get the MOU agreed and signed by all of us why on earth would I make a statement like what is written above,

We had our problems on our arrival of course but that was dealt with by the staff of the ICP and yes we had to wait a long time at the airport but that was a one off because after that we were well looked after by the secretariat especially Mr Keith Bayer who worked tirelessly to make sure we got all our needs covered not to mention the people from Valley Harps steel Orchestra who treated us with all the help we needed and looked after us like we were their own Big Thank you to Jerro and Sherwin.and the other members of Valley Harps pan theatre where we were treated to some excellent cusine..

So Mr reporter however you got this so called interview I believe you got my views totally wrong I and my representatives had a great conference and enjoyed the Panorama to its fullest and look forward to the next one I hope in two to three years time because as your last paragraph stated it was an experience that a lot of us would not get the opportunity to experience in life again.

I would also like to add that I am firmly behind the executive of Pan Trinbago and the wor that they are doing for the \steel Pan and in particular Keith Diaz and Richard Forteau for their hard work and efforts with Steel Bands around the world..

Pepe Francis MBE

To Mr. Pepe Francis:

This "interview" and article has NOTHING to do with WhenSteelTalks.  Absolutely NOTHING.

It is clearly indicated that this is a Trinidad and Tobago Newsday article, dated Sunday August 16th, 2015. 


It was written "by Sharmain Baboolal Sunday, August 16 2015 - Trinidad & Tobago Newsday".  This is stated at the very top of the piece in the forum.
   

For your ease of reference - here is the LINK to the original "interview" - as it was published and appears in the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday newspaper.  

 

http://newsday.co.tt/news/0,215680.html  

This article is also featured in PanPodium.com - the Official Media of BAS - the British Association of Steelbands.

The link to the article in PanPodium is:  http://www.panpodium.com/london-panman-says-little-value-to-intl-pa...

Your article/interview can also be found in a Swiss Pan site - http://www.pan-jumbie.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&...

Pepe Francis was just doing the bidding of Keith Diaz!!! That should be quite obvious to anyone who is aware of the politics. But the SPOKEN WORD comes not back.

In addition, Mr. Pepe Francis:

Please note that a simple, current Google Search on the exact title (London panman says little value to int’l pan conference) of your interview/article with the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday brings up numerous sites featuring it and linking back to the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, such as:

http://www.ttonline.org/london-panman-says-little-value-to-intl-pan...

http://www.trinidadandtobagonews.com/selfnews/viewnews.cgi?newsid14...

http://www.trinidadtribune.com/category/latest-news/

To name but three...

Permalink Reply by Pepe Francis MBE 2 hours ago Delete

First of all let me apologise to the steel band community for the way this article have been written for one I don't recall having this type of interview with anyone from when steel talks and as someone who enjoyed the conference in its entirety and the fact that we managed to get the MOU agreed and signed by all of us why on earth would I make a statement like what is written above,

We had our problems on our arrival of course but that was dealt with by the staff of the ICP and yes we had to wait a long time at the airport but that was a one off because after that we were well looked after by the secretariat especially Mr Keith Bayer who worked tirelessly to make sure we got all our needs covered not to mention the people from Valley Harps steel Orchestra who treated us with all the help we needed and looked after us like we were their own Big Thank you to Jerro and Sherwin.and the other members of Valley Harps pan theatre where we were treated to some excellent cusine..

So Mr reporter however you got this so called interview I believe you got my views totally wrong I and my representatives had a great conference and enjoyed the Panorama to its fullest and look forward to the next one I hope in two to three years time because as your last paragraph stated it was an experience that a lot of us would not get the opportunity to experience in life again.

I would also like to add that I am firmly behind the executive of Pan Trinbago and the wor that they are doing for the \steel Pan and in particular Keith Diaz and Richard Forteau for their hard work and efforts with Steel Bands around the world..

Pepe Francis MBE

So Pepe you want us to believe that you never spoke to this reporter from Newsday? She just made all these quotes from you?

bugs

…Wait for it!!…lol...

 Pan Times doh make joke. lol  WST doh do gossip like a tabloid.

Cecil: Yesterday morning, under this very (LAMP) POST I told you that KEITH DIAZ tie up Pepe Francis head. By evening time Pepe Francis run on the forum with the tie up head and start RECANTING. Now I looked at a lot of the presentations at ICP -- the BACK SLAPPING and ULTRA PRAISING and the "HOW WONDERFUL THIS" and the "HOW WONDERFUL THAT" was depressing to me. So that quote from PEPE look like the gospel to me from someone who was present.

It seems like PAN TRINBAGO and KEITH DIAZ spending a lot of time reading this forum. Is a good thing I am always praising KEITH DIAZ and saying that he is the GREATEST POLITICIAN in T&T. Ah doh know how he eh on the PNM SLATE this election.

Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, the neglected opportunity.

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