Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
By Joan Rampersad
A hurt Philmore told Newsday, “Robbery! They (are) wicked to me after all these years. The problem is I never went to school with those judges. They learnt theory but I learnt it the practical way. None of them represents TT like me. My degree came from God. They could rob me in Panorama but I go places they have not.
“They want me to be like Boogsie (Len Sharpe) cussing people to bring fear but I am a humble man. And I listened to (Massy) All Stars. Same BS every year from All Stars. But when they go home after Panorama, I go first class flying the flag of TT. They are not flying the flag like me. I am fed up. This is pure robbery.”...
... There was a three-way tie for third place, with the judges giving bp Renegades, PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars and Republic Bank Exodus 279 points each. Exodus’ arranger Pellam Goddard told Newsday, he wanted to send Crime Stoppers to the Panorama judges.
I agree with you Professor, we get the same arrangement from All Stars year after year. quick runs and pauses. How many times do we have to endure this. He must have the formula as to what the judges are looking for.
They need to share it or have revised adjudicating categories to give the arrangers more freedom of expression.
What a classic demonstration of "Foot in the mouth disease" He attacks everyone and forgets he is the biggest copy and paste arranger of all times. Pro has been called out on many many many occasions for using arrangements from Queen of the bands and Du Du Yemi while arranging here in NY. More recently he was accused of copying and pasting passages from Boogise's Fire down below without even a variation. I dont understand how he makes the claim of flying the flag of T&T. Pro you need to check the countries bands like Phase and All Stars have gone to spread this culture Spain, Singapore, and some of the furthest points of Africa. Shame on you Pro to discredit the accoplishments of the steelband. I am sure you were MISS QUOTED I am holding my breathe I know and followed you for years both at home and abroad and I know you always say you dont care about the judges in all your interviews but to attack Smooth, Boogise, Phase,All Stars and the rest of bands placing ahead of you is outrageous Remember All Stars went to "BEST OF THE REST 2 YEARS back to back they NEVER attack the judges or other bands over to you Pro ......
I can truly understand how the Professor and the band is feeling - Is there a breakdown of the judges scores that shows the point distribution per judge ???? or is that asking for the impossible.?..or is it none of anyone's business?..Just trying to understand the judges point decisions.
I read the article in the Newsday on Wednesday and was taken aback that the Professor could allow himself to behave in such a manner towards his colleagues in the steelband movement. To attack those who have been placed ahead of you would not help your cause at all. I have been hearing the criticism about using the same arrangements every year but that could be said of all top arrangers...if it is not broken, why fix it? When I hear Renegades I hear Jit up until last year, Bradley is still heard in Despers, Andy Narrell with any band that he works with...that is ones signature. I think that Pro sounded like a cry cry baby and needs to get with the program or leave it alone. Nobody goes int competition expecting to lose but every cannot win and winning all the time should not be a reason to be criticised by those who have been beaten.
Following the recent results of the 2015 T&T panorama competition, I could understand what must be a sense of disappointment for the many bands that were not awarded the honor of first place. In reality not everyone of the dozens of steel bands could be awarded the coveted first plane in the same competition; that is the reason judges are recruited to adjudicate the panorama competitions. Judging is a thankless job performed at a time when the quality of steel band presentations continue to improve significantly; this trend holds promise for emerging bands but could also be frustrating since the top bands are also improving musically as well. The judges did their best for which we should be grateful.
Berating the judges, other bands and their leaders is not a useful approach and in fact it tends to reflect poorly on individuals who express such comments. This is not to ignore or minimize existing challenges within the steel band fraternity; on the contrary, we improve and grow when we humbly confront and resolve the hurdles and problems encountered. So let us contain and modify our rhetoric in the interest of enhancing teamwork efforts and as we refocus to advance the strategic interests of the steel band movement at home and abroad.
All bands which participated in panorama 2015, regardless of placement, are deserving of our admiration and praise for having worked diligently to make panorama the awesome event that it has become and no doubt will continue to be, - a showcase of evolving inventive technology, creative musical minds and some of the most skilled and gifted panists in the world.
We have so much of value for which we should celebrate and be thankful. Together, let's look to the future with shared purpose, generosity of spirit, and with renewed hope and confidence.