By William Doyle-Marshall
Hameed Shaqq (the Pan Piper) wants the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to introduce legislation making steelpan the country’s national instrument.
Shaqq, a former member of Invaders and a tutor on the Ontario scene who has been playing his instrument in Canada for about two decades, is troubled that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has not officially legislated steelpan as twin island republic’s national instrument.
He confesses that former Prime Minister Patrick Manning made a declaration that steelpan is the national instrument of the country. But that declaration does not make pan the national instrument. “There must be an Act of Parliament that embodies the emblem. Without that, it is just talk. I am arguing that there is no Act of Parliament to prove that pan is the national instrument,” he contends.