When TASPO went to ENGLAND in 1951 -- PAN had everything TO PROVE.
Today, PAN GOT NOTHING TO PROVE!!! Not with GLOBAL AMBASSADORS like ANDY NAREL and LIAM TEAGUE and VICTOR PROVOST and JONATHAN SCALES and TRACY THORNTON.
Add WHEN STEEL TALKS and WETEACHPAN.ORG and MANNETTE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS and PAN YARD -- plus all the educational institutions around the world that are promoting the music -- and it is easy to conclude THE MUSIC has been accepted globally.
So, again I say, PAN GOT NOTHING TO PROVE.
That is why I will continue to repeat that on CARNIVAL SATURDAY NIGHT (in TRINIDAD) when you are playing a CALYPSO in a PANORAMA (in the land of CALYPSO) -- then you owe it to the public to PLAY THE CALYPSO in the MUSICAL LANGUAGE of the TRINIDAD PEOPLE (CALYPSO) like if the CALYPSO is a CALYPSO.
The hardcore PANORAMA FANS from Laventille and Morvant -- who made THE PAN what it is today -- do not come to PANORAMA to hear over-arranged operatic themes coming from the PAN -- dat is not WE CULTURE.
If we doh watch out soon enough when you go to a PANORAMA you will be handed a program walking you through the various movements by the symphony orchestra.
By that premise, we shouldn’t be having a steelband competition at all. It should be a tamboo bamboo competition.
Life evolves. Music is part of life. Therefore.......