wish pantrinbago could take these suggestions into consideration.
Good observation lala.
I like the idea of reserving Panorama at carnival time for large bands only.
Small and medium bands should be highly rewarded for playing on pan-only designated streets on Monday and Tuesday.
I think 4 years is a bit much - maybe every 2 years. Encourage more than a single entrant from foreign countries.
If we adhere to standardized pan templates then the foreign bands would not have the problem using a local bass or chello pan. They should easily transition to using any instrument.
Remember a violin used/bought in Italy could be picked up by a Trini violinist and played without an issue. This must be the same for any Pan.
Let us be realistic guys.As much as we all would love to see steelband back in carnival on the road .We have to accept the fact that big money has hijacked our culture.Look at the chaos with the big carnival bands on the road.We now have Soca Dome @ the stadium.The Ave is a mess with routing of bands etc.
Also only a few steelbands really play mas.Thereis no investment there for the NCC.Its money first and the culture after.Listen to the coverage by WACK.IT was an international shame .Those announcers were so incompetent.They could not even give a proper profile of the foreign bands.
When you have a competition of this magnitude you must do research.
they did not even know that the week before the panorama here in Trini.Pan Fantasy was the winner of the panorama panlive competition in Toronto.They have won four straight years.Salah a past winner of the same competition though they from Montreal came in third.They did not know that BSO was a merger of five top bands in Brooklyn.I could go on an on.Their ineptitude as to how globally pan pan progressed was stunning.
Stanley: I know that "STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON" was released THIS WEEKEND. But, man, you are just KEEPING IT TOO REAL!!!
BSO was not a merger of bands. I thought it was a collection of the best or some of the best players from other bands