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Now All Stars upset at Carifesta concert pan snub

Joan Rampersad - Newsday


Mass Trinidad All Stars.

MASSY Trinidad All Stars views the snub of pan on the Island Beats concert as “a slap in the face,” especially in Pan Month.

The concert lowers the curtain on Carifesta XIV on August 24 and is intended to be a major highlight of the regional arts festival.

In a release issued on Tuesday, after Newsday’s story that day, Pan Trinbago Vex with Culture Minister, All Stars – one of the country’s top steelbands – said August is a month for patriotism in TT, and this August is even more auspicious.

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Rightly so! Some people do not seem to understand the symbolic nature of culture and its relation to national identity. Tjese people on the one hand, utter words like, T&T is the Land of the Steelpan,while on the other the significance of the meaning of these words is not stressed to avoid such mishaps.

It troubles me that this exclusion has been in the public domain since relevant ads surfaced. Seems like everyone woke up one week before the event. Strange.

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