Very interesting Aquil.
Good one Aquil...riddled with contradictions...but quite informative at the same time...
MTTB: You have to do better than that on YOUR PET PEEVE.
Don't hold back!!! Don't let AQUIL ARRINDELL EAT YOUR LUNCH.
So what if you alienate a few people with your BLUNT REPONSE -- welcome to MY CLUB.
But you cannot let AQUIL ARRINDELL take YOUR TOPIC (YOUR PET PEEVE) and EXPATIATE with it!!!
Outline THE CONTRADICTIONS for us!!!
It is good to see SOMEBODY FROM TRINIDAD (from the PAN COMMUNITY) raising issues with FACTS FROM THE GROUND.
Come on MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE -- DOH BACK BACK ON ME!!!
Claude you self...You know that I cannot agree with this praising mercenaries business...If it is that we HAVE to depend on mercenaries to produce Panorama, then it is plain that we have no business having that competition in the first place. Especially after Pan Trinbago has gone public touting that players will not be allowed to play with more than one band. I certainly applaud Aquil for exposing the reality of the issue. I too am open to public discussion of the subject at any time. All who are in support of mercenaries must understand that similarly there are some of us who want to play the game fairly. I'll say it here again Panorama as it stands is like a sore foot that now needs to be amputated. For year when the little sore developed we ignored it. What yuh expect now?...Not friggin gangrene!!...
... it is a VERY COMPLEX ISSUE. And BEVERLEY has a LOT OF SUPPORTERS who agree with EVERYTHING SHE DOES. So there is NO GOING BACK.
As long as she could SELL the HIGH QUALITY of the PERFORMANCES -- she is a BIG HERO with this ALL YEAR PANORAMA TING. So the CRACKSHOT debate now becomes MOOT -- since it is now THE ORDER OF THE DAY ... much to your chagrin!!!
But I have it worse off than you -- these ARRANGERS are taking the BEST CRACKSHOTS in THE LAND and making them play EURO-CALYPSO in TRINIDAD at CARNIVAL TIME for PANORAMA. And yuh know I eh listening to THAT. So my PAN LIFE has reached IT'S END while YOU and AQUIL choose to live in PAN LIMBO!!!
Claude...I had prepared the following in answer to Cecil on Facebook...
People...Allow me to begin my day and also end my contribution to this discussion by offering the following quote which is the motto of my alma mater. "Certant Omnes Sed Non Omnibus Palma." Which translates in English to: "All strive but the prize is not for all.
Over the past few hours I have read all the expected excuses to support COMPETING with more than one band in Panorama…A practice that was frowned upon once upon a time. “It cannot be stopped”…”Changing of the guard”…”More pay”…”No loyalty”…”Exploitation”…”Stifling”…”Inhibiting one’s freedom”…”Neocolonialism”…
I even read that “Trump is an asshole”…(What that has to do with it I’m still not sure”)…
People… At the end of the day is all comes down to our unwillingness to accept fairplay. We all want to win...At any cost. Hence we have forgotten how to COMPETE. The excuse of “more pay” can’t hold water in this discussion. If you are “hired” by a band to play for Panorama and they are not paying enough, playing for one, three, six bands, while it may satisfy your monetary aspirations, is illegal, simply because the rules of the COMPETITION stipulates that you can play with ONLY ONE BAND in each category…And in fact it is the hiring Steelband who should be held accountable. Want to bet if points were deducted for using mercenary players the practice would stop?
Car racing to me is the closest thing in principle to Panorama. Do any of you believe that the people who work the pit stops for Mazda or BMW would be allowed to do the same for Aston Martin? Likewise do you think drivers of competing companies can drive for each other? “Just because they can drive?”
Yes, truckers, tuners, hardware owners, alcohol manufacturers etc. “make money” for Panorama. But, are they COMPETING for prizes like Steelbands?. They are all simply service providers, nothing more.
There is an old adage that goes “If you can’t lick them…Join them” Not me. Clearly I can’t lick them, so I have decided that 2019 was my last Panorama. The sad thing about all this for me is that I have lived long enough to see vast improvement in tuning, playing, arranging, but several backward steps in standards and fairplay. Keep allyuh Panorama!...
Aquil....I don't write in response very often but I had to in this case....WELL DONE!!!! It's about time someone talked straight about pan women & pan men. If we didn't have these grass roots musicians there would be no Panorama...no Pan Trinbago...no rich culture of music "to save our mortal souls". Calypso & Pan ARE our distinct culture. Everything spreads out from those 2 main branches and sadly instead of being held up as examples of our very own beginnings - the Trini powers that be and we ourselves mash all over them. Before anyone should get payoff from pan.......PAN MEN & WOMEN SHOULD GET PAYOFF!!! And yet because of the simple beginnings of pan.....the smart men trample all over them every time!!! If as you say Pan Trinbago is an association for band leaders(although I always thought the inception of that institution was for the pan people). Then it's definitely over due for a pan players union to protect & promote pan players including the "saviours" who are so talented to learn 10 songs & individual arrangements. Keep up the live broadcast Aquil....the pan disapora prefer to listen than read!! Like pan!!!
Panorama is the Peak period for pan players, it's not right to limit them to one band.
Cecil: ANYTHING BEVERLEY SAY OR DO -- you AGREE WITH IT. Yuh LOSS all YUH OBJECTIVITY!!!
Cecil you are perpetrating a fraud. You cannot call Panorama a competition and have people competing against themselves. How man teams do want Kawhi to play for during the playoffs? That's the peak period for basketball players.
AQUIL ARRINDELL: You eh NO EXPAT guessing about what is going on with BEVERLEY and PAN TRINBAGO ON THE GROUND -- YUH KNOW!!!
You been in PAN since you were 12 years old and now you are 40 years old and you have LIVED PAN ON THE GROUND for 28 years. So I choose to believe YOUR PRESENTATION as a FIRST HAND OBSERVER.
The BAD NEWS is that this is THE NEW DISPENSATION -- LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!!!
Cecil Hinkson break meh heart the way he KISSING UP TO BEVERLEY -- and that is a man who used to be FIGHTING for the BENEFIT OF PAN PLAYERS before he and EARL RICHARDS get CHAIN UP in this WOMAN IS BOSS POLITICS.