Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
Most of the focus of this forum has been on issues faced by pan players in TT and Brooklyn. And rightly so, especially since these are the venues of the major panorama competitions and pan players and thus the finances and the opportunities for mismanagement are greater.
But what’s happening in Toronto, Notting Hill and Miami? I recall in 2015 there were some rumbling over the payments to steelbands in the Pan is Alive Competition. Have these issues been settled, i.e., have the payments increased? Or, are bandleaders following the model in TT and Brooklyn?
Not much is said about Miami and Notting Hill beyond the annual listing of participating steelbands, their arrangers, tuners, tune of choice, etc., and ultimately the list of winners. Is that a suggestion that “all is well” in Miami? And what’s up in the UK?
Are there some “best practices” in the panorama in the Diaspora which could serve as a model for TT and Brooklyn?
I have hunch that panorama players are being exploited everywhere. I hope my intuition is incorrect!
People pay to see basketball and football.Advertisers and sponsors pay for the huge viewing audiences that sport and entertainment attractions. Mas players pay the DJ trucks for their music to wine to. Who pays the pan players for their music? Start the argument at this point. How should Pan be organized in carnival so that those who like it, enjoy it and use it to wine to, pay for their pleasure?
Outside of the carnival, professional musicians who play pan as their instrument of choice are enjoying various levels of financial and popular success.
Steelbands must first see carnival as a money making opportunity, then organize.
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Aye Claude pan people ain't buyin dah kinda kool aid yuh trying to sell, nobody want to put the steelband with the DJ. One can tell by the success of the many steelband on the road events held during the year that there are still people that realize the importance of pan in carnival, what's missing today is leadership. The Big5 could have a very successful steelband experience on the road for carnival if they want.