Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
Well the more things change, the more things remain the same. People especially politicians just provide lip service to the steelpan and the youths of TnT. Starlift Junior Steel Orch will not be heading to Canada to participate in the Montreal international Steelpan Festival next week. Despite proudly representing TnT at the Festival in 2010, playing to standing ovations and several encores and winning the Junior Panorama competition and placing 2nd in the Adult Panorama and gaining international exposure on the Pan Podium (England), When Steel Talks and Pan on the net, the government of TnT has decided to blank us. The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs which sponsored a concert featuring Nikki Minaj and other artistes has blanked us. The TTENT, Ministry of Tourism and TDC have all BLANKED us and the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism continues to give us a run around. Even corporate sponsors have blanked us. So in the home of steelpan, the cycle continues and no one really cares about the steelpan and the youth. Hopefully we will be able to attend the Festival in 2012. Meantime, Starlift Junior Steel Orch continues to perform well and strives to be the number 1 youth band in TnT.
Cecil there is plenty of time for Plan B. The house is still on fire so plan A is not over yet. Is there any reason why this organization cannot receive a written and public guarantee for next year's festival now in the worst case scenario?
This is not over. Where is Pan Trinbago on this? Why are they again silent? Opps, I forgot they work for the government.
It's a shame the ministries and organizations of trinidad have turned their backs on cultural ascension. How long will trinidad continue to abuse and misuse it's children (culture)? This is why I dont get upset when another nation appeciates and does more for our art forms. This article really disappointed me and has me feeling disgusted. Trinidad has money for everything else but its own culture. A nation without a culture is a lost nation!!!!
We don not need them if they do not need us. Don't worry Barry; Jah is great so keep the faith. Ask The creator and your ancestors for help. They will never leave us unless, bro.
This isn't meant to offend or put anyone down, but recently in a casual conversation with someone, was aware of the difficulties Steelbands endure and wondered why doesn't the members of the governing body resign and form a more productive and vibrant association that would effectively deal with matters of such nature.
My reply was, THERE'S NO TRUE TOGETHERNESS AMONGST THE MEMBERSHIP, so everyone just has take whatever they get, if they do get.
On the other hand, I sincerely believe that all bands can become self sufficient. It's simply a matter of creating programs that would attract not only patronage, but also assistance. The business sector is always willing to get on board with initiatives that demonstrate development, purpose, and progress. They too would like some benefit from their participation. That is simply what business is all about.
"GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES"
no change in tnt it is so sad but pan will live on and God will bess pan men and women just keep on playing