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Pan Players Dissed by “Excellence in Steel” Committee Chair in Panorama Program Booklet?

Below is a direct quote from page 2 of the program booklet:



Failure is lack of success of the pannist in a pan competition, ie, they fail to examine the nature of their problems. In an act of competing rivalry may be very tough and the coveted prize always goes to the best playing band. They are judged by what they do and not by what they believe – there are very small credit for the pannist vision.

Failure is the belief that the pannist has to find out why they have failed. The unfortunate aspect of the pannist is good habits are more easier to give up that the bad ones.



The pannist always believe when he/she enters a pan competition the tune they have selected cannot loose. However, in many cases that may not be the case because in a steelband competition the quality of Pan music may be very high an vying for honors among the other bands is a win or lose situation, especially when the battle for the supersonic sound of music is entailed by avengers.



The marvelous richness of the pannist experience is to lose something of a rewarding joy, if there were no limitations to overcome.



Time is a merciless thing, therefore life is a process of burning oneself out the spirit of man is good in many cases: he display the act of God, kindness and not to harm others,



It is an unsound argument false ideas and beliefs. In order to overcome such situations, the following should be implemented: respect your efforts, respect yourself because respect leads to discipline. When these areas are under control that will be a sign of togetherness between pannist and leaders.



The fallacy of the pannist is and unsound argument, false beliefs and ideas. In an attempt to remove such mitigating circumstances the pannist and the band leaders got to respect one’s efforts and themselves, which will lead to discipline among the parties.

Such procedure if adopted could keep the steelband fraternity together.



Oh, what astonishing power a large body of men/women (pannist) can put forth when they work at the same task and are greatly interested in it, they begin the same process but such process differentiates and improves by their hands, when playing the pan instruments; each gain skill and they learn for each other.


       Randolph Babb

       Chair E.I.S. 2016

SOURCE: West Indian American Day Carnival Association, Inc., “Excellence in Steel 2016,”

Labor Day Panorama program booklet, p. 2.


I could be seriously incorrect, so I am withhold my comments until I get some feedback from the WST community.

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Oh Lord. Sheer lunacy on this page you have put up, I wouldn't have believed it if you had not included a snapshot of the page as printed.  Are there any adults in WIADCA, the people who promote and host this show, at all?

Didn't anyone with half a brain even read this text? Is the writer, the 'Chair', even mentally competent?  Is there someone higher up the chain responsible for this?  A CEO, or President?

If I was one of those so-called sponsors they thanked repeatedly during that event, I would not want be affiliated at all going forward, with this Panorama competition, for fear of embarrassment on such a public and corporate level.

Randolph Babb steel pan pioneer, member of one of Trinidad’s early-period steel bands and board member of West Indian-American Day Carnival Association, WIADCA.

Deconstructing the Steel Band Panorama Format


This page has no place in a program booklet. All the naysayers have nothing to say about PanTrinbago and the GOTT not paying pan players for Panorama 2016 in the Mecca. That is serious enough to warrant some comments yet we are fed minutiae or b.s.

I think that this issue is a tad more complex than meets the eye ....

It certainly is. Can steelband and it's tentacles be fixed. Yeah, a rather complex issue.

And dey say Pan going someway? Ah feel dis was written in d eyesore quarterbuilding in Trincity off d highway.

I don't know who wrote page 2 of the program booklet and I am not here to defend that person. But anybody who understands the sociology surrounding PAN (and PAN MEN) in T&T in the 50's and 60's and the subsequent emigration of PAN MEN to numerous ports in the world should be more forgiving of this pan man's foray into literature.


Rani Babb lock up nuff pan men back in the day, so he is letting us know how they are seen through his eyes

Cecil: Yuh is ah PAN GENIUS!!!! He got VOICE now (after ALL HIS HARD WORK). Other people did other things and conquered the world -- but so did the PAN MAN even if he lacked some fundamental academic skills.

REALLY!!!! I doh understand nutten he say dey!! Dat is what he was sayin Cecil??

So they send down to CID for Burroughs, Rani Babb and Monsegue

But de CID men tell them flat is not a human, friends is a cat

They couldn’t believe de police was right, unit they jam de pussy that night.

Lord Blakie - Hold De Pussy Cat

Correction: the quote was taken from page 4 of the program.


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