Salah, it is no secret that Pan Trinbago has not been my favorite choice of ice cream over the years. And they are still not. But in this case, the math, intellect, fair play, common sense and a understanding of right and wrong demands that all pan people take up a position against what is being implemented by the Gypsy. This is a pivotal moment in Trinidad and Tobago steelband history and by extension the pan world. If the Gypsy pulls this off without a serious objection he and the TnT government will be right up there with some of the biggest gangstas in history. And TnT pan people will be seen as some of the biggest dummies of all time. This is nothing more than a redistribution of wealth. This is even bigger than pan. People outside of the pan arena should be very concern. Also, there are a lot of young people who read this forum all over the world. It is important that we as adults not try to dumb down the youth.
Bad math is simply bad math.
Agreed Bugs, This action from the T&T government (because it is not only the Gypsy) calls for a Unanimous Unity by the worldwide Pan Community. This type of politics is not just against Pan Trinbago or the Pan but if allowed will carry over into other areas . Michael L. Joseph said it the other day ..."when your neighbor's house is on fire ...make sure you wet yours" ...but what can we do apart from airing our views on this WST forum....Here is a suggestion....There are about 7000. members on this WST Forum. Let us send 7000 emails to the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago letting her know how the world Pan community feels and that we are looking at her government on this action...let us also send 7000 emails to the Gypsy, and let us also send 7000 emails to other MP's in the government including the opposition. Let this be the 'Panman' new 'bottle & stone' fight....but let us do something more than just talk on this Forum.
The brothers & sisters could assist by sending us the relative information to send these emails....it is time for some urgent ACTION ....This is one way we can show our support for Pan Trinbago on this issue...Unity & Action
Ture dat Mr. Wilson
The world is watching how Trinidad behaves on this one. Civilizations have always been judged by how they treat the arts.
WST has a very large following on facebook also. You might want to reach out to them also. It is where many of the younger pan people hang out. check out WST facebook at http://www.facebook.com/whensteeltalks
This is a very interesting angle from which you intersect the steel pan and its cultural roots ascension from the forbading of the african drums to bamboo then too steel drums. I hail you for bringing this view point to light.
Beautiful ! Stand up for your rights.BUT ....do not hold your breath waiting for the Minister to Apoligize it will not happen for reasons we all know.
Stand your ground remember United we stand divided we ...........
Now that Pantrinbago has rejected the Government offer for fundings, is there some strategy by the leaderhip to harness some of the multi-million dollars been spend within the Steelpan fraternity, by any means neccessary. Pantrinibago must be respected, be a more major player and treated equally as any other Natioanlly owned enterprise. How many countries can lay claim to a National Instrument? The Steel pan players deserves to be treated with much respect and more dignity.
As long as everybody stands shoulder to shoulder with Pan Trinbago, this is the way to start the New Year. Pan Trinbago has taken a stance and rightly so.