Exodus Steel Orchestra on the Road - carnival 2015
The results at the panorama did not work for us; we came fifth. But All Stars won the Band of the year so it work for them.
This year, I prove where Pan is Carnival [the concept] - with All Stars repeating.
I want to say to Pan people: time to return to 'The Road' in a big way for carnival, when steel bands was playing mas of all types - not only sailor, especially where the cost of [regular] costumes is reaching the 6 to 8 thousand TT dollars.
I think pan people could attract the the people with the same music they want to jump to with even amplification and a cheaper price. Then steel band could win band of the year every year, with good costumes that carries the theme of the band.
Congrats to Massy All Stars - Pan Is Carnival
From Pelham Goddard, Exodus arranger
I am not afraid of options.
At present, do you know if there is an entrance fee to the Socadrome?
Steelband walking and pan-pulling is a retrograde step. You could have the bands on
low-level electrically motorised platforms. Get rid of heavy loudspeakers on trucks and
tractors as these pollute the environment with fumes and noise.
We MUST get steelbands back on the road. Can you imagine Rio carnival without its
Samba drums on the road? All it takes is a bit of imagination & common sense.
Good topic and good ideas
For everything there is a cost ...to go to the panorama there is a cost for all bands, as such there is compensation for the ordinary pan player. This cost is met by the authorities and the "pan parade" at the panorama generates revenue.
Similar considerations should be made as regard compensating the bands to participate on the road and of course establishing venues where there will be prizes for mas ,, etc.. Being aware that some of this is already existing .... we are talking about prizes similar or near to the amount of the panorama prizes. This will be an incentive for the bands to build and prepare for the road.
It is all about planning it out ...PAN NEEDS MORE EMPOWERMENT THAN WHAT IT PRESENTLY HAS.
Well spoken, Maestro
For it is said, "When Panorama starts, Carnival starts," so powerful, infectious and integral is pan to and, in carnival. With All Stars having won Band of the Year (large) for two consecutive years, sends a clear message that 'carnival' is crying out for meaningful costuming with the judges making it abundantly clear as well.
Can anyone say why the savannah on Carnival Tuesday could be empty by 5pm prompting the end of the 'live' televised coverage of mas? Where are the steelbands' costumed masqueraders? Where are the likes of Peter Minshall, Mc Farlane, Wayne Berkley? What is there to look forward too?
Congratulations Exodus on your third position having tied with us, Renegades, with the hope that 2016 bears better fruit...Sandra L Blood
Boss comment from Pelham Goddard!
Well said Mr Goddard
I remember playing mas( Indian) with "Free French"Steelband in San Fernando in '55 / '56: and Sailor with "Sea Bees"/"Maestros" in the '60s.
Vernon Seebaran, you're old :).
I remember those days well.
Those were the days when you had bands like Hatters , Sea Bees , Free French , All Stars , Southern Marines, Rogues Regiment all playing military mas on the streets of San Fernando on Carnival day .
I won't mention the costume "Historical" bands , because they used brass bands , but in those days there was so many mas bands and steelbands in San Fernando there was no need to go to Port of Spain for carnival.
As a matter of fact , we lived in the country ( New Grant ) for a few of those years and our mother took us on a big trip to San Fernando yearly for carnival
Mr. Pelham Goddard is right.
"Pan Is Carnival" .
I agree 100 percent.
As a matter of fact , I've come to the conclusion that Trinidad's carnival would be vastly improved if , instead of being sidelined into a savannah competition , the steelband became the centerpiece of the entire Carnival , very much like the Samba Schools of Brazil.
Great idea Glenroy. This would be fantastic. The steelbands need to be proactive and seize the opportunity. Something serious is going on with the Mas people. They didn't all leave for the Ssocadrome because they were happy with the current situation.
Borde I agree with you. Pan should NOT be on trucks/tractor on carnival days. This hampered all steelband mas designers today. Who is going to design a steelband section that plays 'FIREMAN' ? Years gone by we enjoyed looking at this mas, enjoying the 'firemans dance'. How can you do this dance today with a big noisy truck coming towards you and the flagman. You simply cannot enjoy yourself. Putting pan on motorized vehicles killed many things we enjoyed about pan on the road on carnival days. Long ago pan mas cannot be implemented today with pan on truck, period. Unless you believe in fantasy island. Pan need to be push/pulled and back on the road. Best solution invent some electrical assisted design like 'golf cart technology' . Look into heavy duty batteries. etc.