The nation's pan tuners are sounding the alarm that their livelihood is in jeopardy. Hundreds of pan tuners continue to be negatively affected by the continuing shortage of quality drums needed to produce instruments. The tuners complain that the situation has reached crisis proportions with skilled tuners and members of the pan fraternity saying there are now no drums to be had. An arrangement between Pan Trinbago and National Petroleum (NP), Sea Lots, in which NP supplied the orginsation with drums from its assembly plant, hit a snag recently due to the “breakdown” of a critical piece of equipment.
Pan tuner Bertrand “Butch” Kelman said he was appealing to the authorities to “hear the cries of the small man” and rectify the situation as he is now “out of work.”
Pan fraternity must stand on its own
Manager of Pamberi Steel Orchestra, Nestor Sullivan, who described the situation as a “sad reflection on T&T” said Pan Trinbago should “stand on its own” and take more responsibility for the woes facing the industry. Sullivan, said the government had “more important things to study about” and called on stakeholders to take matters into their own hands. He added, “We could import from Jamaica, Venezuela and North America. It's childish to go crying to the government for that issue. They have bigger issues to think about such as the Pan Headquarters, Panorama and Carnival. We are more than 50-years-old and can't be looking to our parents to buy something for us to eat every time we are hungry.”
The truth shall set you free,even though it isn't always what one wants to hear. It would be nice ( a breath of fresh air ) if for once we can hear the authorities asking the pan fraternity what assistance can be offered. How about Pan Trinbago and tuners pooling their resources or even the tuners themselves getting together and importing their suff. It maybe an extra cost but then you will be independent not dependent. Therefore I must say I agree with Nestor.
Jah blessing to all.
Or maybe even a private group of tuners themselves could undertake to import 100 drums from the UK, US or Japan.
Well said Nester it is high time that someone has the grit and mettle to come out and say that Pan Trinbago just collects money and does absoutely nothing to move pan forward , kudos to you Nester.
Well said etc etc, more talking. Who has to get off their A and do something?
Wire had a plan, use the investment company. whoever can initiate this get cracking!!!!
Glad to hear you speaking up, Wire.
Since PanTrinbago's only source of income is a percentage of the Panorama money, isn't it time that Pan Trinbago started looking for additional sources?
Investing in the lifeblood of the steelband, the drums, would certainly be a good place to start!
Thanks for that emphatic clarification, Milton.