Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
Cecil: If the PAN WORLD is this small and we have all these complications and conflicts, could you imagine what it is like running a WHOLE COUNTRY like CANADA or AMERICA? Or even TRINIDAD and TOBAGO for that matter.
This PHASE II thing is an extremely complex issue with a lot of polarized views that are not going to change. I will continue to say that the MEN WHO STAYED IN TRINIDAD and dedicated their LIVES to PAN (and politics for that matter) have the right to their own decisions whether we AGREE with them or NOT.
Is like I was listening to THE WARRIORS game last night on the radio driving home and CURRY made a play (a misplay) that the announcer did not like and he started telling the listeners WHAT CURRY SHOULD HAVE DONE ON THE PLAY.
Yuh get the ABSURDITY of it ALL?
Boi!!! You is ah REAL FAITHFUL MAN. When yuh in people corner -- yuh really in dey corner!!!
EARL RICHARDS: I am going to try to fish out your email address one of these days and I am going to send you an email providing some answers to the question you asked. This is a real complex issue that has to do with economics and race and militancy and business and self-interest and on and on all wrapped into one!
Nor should you dislike Mr. Valentine. Although Mr. Valentine is a product of and part of the Trinidad & Tobago Pan fabric he is not the way forward for Phase II.
Boogsie has done an incredible job in making Phase II Pan Groove one of the most renown and respected steelband music franchises in the world. In this regard, Boogsie deserves to have the best global business minds working for preservation and growth of Phase II as a profitable institution in ways that Boogsie could never imagine.
Mr. Valentine attached the Hadco's name to the Phase II name tag as his first official act. This did not ad value to the Phase II franchise. In fact it did just the opposite. On the other hand Mr. Valentine has already proven more valuable to Hadco than Phase II.
As for Mr. Valentine's 33 years, that is more than two teenage lifetimes. People forget, steelband movement was championed by teenagers and most notably young people.
What would be Mr. Valentine's position with Newtown Playboyz? If still with them, where would his allegiance lie?
I am sure that both Keron and Boogsie got some nice signing BONUSES. And PAN LABOR is FREE!
Ain't that the truth. So sad.
I think some of us misunderstand the concept of sponsorship.
A company sponsoring a band may be partly altruistic , but it is also business.
The corporation is paying the steelband to advertise for them.
I am assuming the sponsorship is contractual , and the band is being paid to carry the corporation's name.
For decades the Boston Celtics played Basketball in the Boston Garden.
Now it's the TD Garden , because TD Bank-north paid for the privilege.
In the old days we would have carried a company's name on our banners for relative peanuts.
I would hope that pan people today know better.
This is business , folks.
Isn't business one of the areas we wish modern steelbands would learn to take advantage of?
Just a few years ago Phase 11 Pan groove was known as Petrotrin Phase 11 Pan Groove and I did not hear this uproar, Now its Hadco Phase 11 Pan groove, What is the big difference of Phase 11 Pan Groove being formally called Petrotrin Phase 11 Pan Groove and now being called Hadco Phase 11 Pan Groove ?
Tell them earl richards.
I wish someone would tell Toronto that it is not okay to lose to Lebron every year.
Cecil, Mr. Valentine might able to give better basketball advice to your Raptors than the business advice he has been giving Boogsie.
When you know better, you're suppose to do better.
Over the years we have known Boogsie to be very out spoken when it comes to Doing Something for Pan. So by agreeing to Having his band called Hadco Phase 11 Pan Groove is he now Doing Something against pan or he don't know better or is he doing the best thing in his mind for the future of THE PHASE?