Trinidad All Stars has a valid point. The minister did say the prize was for this year alone.
Pan controversy again. Isn't that an item in Pan Trinbago's constitution - to deduct a percentage of a band's winnings? Did any band ever previously get all their winnings? All Stars - don't be like the TTCB.
This prize was something negotiated by the Body. Be real All Stars.
I read with interest and humour the last paragraph of Keith Anderson's article. Whilst there are numerous arguments for and against the 10% deduction, it is a stated and known policy/aspect of competitions administered by Pantrinbago. As a member of Trinidad All Stars it is with great distaste to see a reputed newspapers carry false information. We have over 100 members so you will have divergent views on any topic, but it was always clear to us that the 10% deduction was in effect. We have been in Panorama for over 30 years and the policy has not changed, we won the 1M in 2007 and the 10% was deducted then so why should we have a problem with the deduction now. Of course $200,000 can make a difference to our 120 members but the 10% deduction is a rule of the competition and we entered the competition knowing that. In short, the article does not represent the views of the management of Trinidad All Stars (who as far as I know have been elected to run the affairs of the band) and there are no legal fireworks to be expected.
10% of All Prize Monies earned is the least we can contribute to Pan Trinbago for Total Representation of Steel Bands and its Membership. Whilst we are happy for Trinidad All Stars, we must we happy for PanTrinbago also.
Congratulations once more to All The Bands for maintaining a high standard of music in the Panorama Competition. I would personally like to suggest/recommend that we keep two (2) Panoramas per year. We should not allow our musical talent go dormant. Panorama brings out the best from the arrangers and players. However, for this special Panorama the size of the bands can be reduced to 50/60 players. No small, medium or large bands. Everybody on the same playing field. Did we say a Republic Day Panorama? I am sure Minister Winston Peters would be happy to hear of our Plans to keep the 'Pan' alive. He may very well contribute 5M towards this Show. Pantrinbago can formulate the rules and forward them to the Ministry asap. He cannot turn us down if he so desire to keep the Pan alive.
Why should we want more Steelband competition, I think time will be better spent on this forum to make steelbands a bigger player in carnival. Back in the sixties about 95% of bands on the road were steelbands, Silver Stars won Band of the Year once, they even had a tune on the Hit Parade that lasted for about a year, how did steelband get from where it was then to where it is now? Steelband was there there in the early days of carnival when there was no money to be made, now carnival is big $$$$ and steelband still aint making no money.The way I see it is to give carnival Monday to the music bands and DJs and carnival Tuesday only steelbands on the road. Steelbands are more than Panorama.
PS. Not Pan alive but Steelband alive.
Well said, Mr. Hinkson. I agree.