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So where is the GLOBAL STEELPAN PERFORMANCE INITIATIVE from IMBERT and DOLLY with all the GLOBAL DIPLOMATIC connections we have?

TRINIDAD and TOBAGO has DIPLOMATIC CONNECTIONS (Inside and Outside) with LORD KNOWS how many countries around the world. And you mean they cannot use that SPRINGBOARD to get our artistes DISPLAYING the PAN AROUND THE GLOBE.

People like MIA GORMANDY and the DYNAMIC DUO of AQUIL ARRINDELL and NEVILLE JOHN should be flying in and out of Trinidad 15 to 20 times a year SHOWCASING PAN MUSIC here, there and everywhere.

In the 2018 BUDGET The Minister of Finance made a big monetary allocation to EXPORT local artistes (I am just talking about PAN here) globally to market the STEELPAN PRODUCT. Who better to represent it than the three people mentioned above.

And speaking of DIPLOMATIC SKILLS, the first edition of The Steel Times Annual NSSBE Conference is being held on March 10, 2018 in Oxford, OH, with Victor Provost as the headlining guest artist. You  would think that the MINISTER OF CULTURE would have picked up the phone and made a phone call to OHIO to reserve a SPACE on that stage for a LOCAL PAN ARTISTE, at this historical event.

Look at all these DIPLOMATIC CONNECTIONS we have access to AROUND THE GLOBE. A blind woman could see how to stitch PAN into this GLOBAL CULTURAL QUILT.

LORD, look at all these established GLOBAL DIPLOMATIC CONNECTIONS:

Embassies & High Commissions in Trinidad and Tobago


Consulates in Trinidad and Tobago



Trinidad Embassies & High Commissions

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Claude, over the Carnival I viewed the Panorama Semis and Finals through the WACK feed with Ms. Headley commentating.

Ms. Headley related that when she was introduced to the Minister and told her that she was from WACK Radio, the Minister asked "WACK Radio, who are they?" I agree with Vanessa that it is surprising that the Minister of Arts and Culture had never heard of the only Radio station in Trinidad playing only local music. So it is a stretch to see the authorities taking advantage of opportunities overseas wrt the Steelband. 

Lennox: That "WACK Radio" story was quite a SHOCKER. Yuh Right!!! If she LACKS the awareness to cover the LOCAL BASES it is quite a "STRETCH" to imagine OVERSEAS.

Yuh just put the LAST NAIL in my COFFIN OF HOPE!!!

Lennox Morris, I believe it was the Minister of Tourism Vanessa spoke with.

Minister of CULTURE!!! Minister of TOURISM!!! PRIME MINISTER!!!

In the words of Hillary Clinton: "What difference does it make?"

KEITH ROWLEY is one of the BIGGEST "CALYPSO and PAN LOVERS" in the WORLD. And I don't she HIM (in his capacity as PRIME MINISTER of the MECCA of PAN and CALYPSO) doing anything NOTEWORTHY for PAN or CALYPSO.

DOLLY is the BIGGEST WASTE OF TIME the MINISTRY OF CULTURE ever see!!! Well, maybe she and LINCOLN DOUGLAS ended up in a dead-heat. Because he deserves less FORGIVENESS than anyone else.

NOBODY has ever been MORE QUALIFIED to be an effective MINISTER OF CULTURE than LINCOLN DOUGLAS -- and he turned out be to THE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE WORLD.

ONE LOOK AT DOLLY -- and she was not worth a SECOND LOOK!!! So I am not really DISAPPOINTED in her.

But when are we going to get the RIGHT MINDS in THE MECCA to promote THE GREATEST INSTRUMENT THE WORLD HAS EVER HEARD -- GLOBALLY?

Diplomatic skills requires some formal training, if the President for WORLD GOVERNING BODY FOR PAN can’t see it fit to take the LEAD in PROMOTING the art-form at home, we can draw our own conclusions as to WHY not much can be done in terms of GLOBAL PROMOTION. Only his African connections are priority in the global out reach. Diaz is no George Goddard a true diplomat and LEADER. Fixing this problem starts in-house.

He needs to study the Ellie Mannette model in Morgantown WV…

The Annual Ellie Mannette Festival of Steel

http://www.festivalofsteel.org/

The attendees come from diverse backgrounds across the globe, music producers, professional musicians, music students, state and college administrators, talent scouts may show up. Networking opportunities abound.

Heather MacIntosh - Headquarters

Thanks for all this GREAT INFORMATION, odw.

But what we REALLY NEED is a NEW ADMINISTRATION in PAN TRINBAGO!!!

And if the POLITICIANS who keep pumping MILLIONS annually into PAN IN THE MECCA cannot TAKE A STAND and REMOVE KEITH DIAZ -- then you just put TWO MORE NAILS in my COFFIN OF PAN HOPE!!!

Since when do the politicians have the right to vote for or against the leadership of PAN TRINBAGO?
The Pan movement cannot outsource its responsibility to an outside source, and at the same time complain that the said outside source is planning to take over.

that is a big topic..

 In my opinion...Dr Eric Williams the late Prime Minister of Trinidad of Trinidad and Tobago, and his Adviser a guy by the name of  'John Cupid" were the only two members of the P N M GOVT..That went out on a limb "to expose"  the steelpan/band...to the wider world,when ever, or where ever they were selling Trinidad and Tobago. ...Esso Tripoli Steelband played to mark the occasion, when Trinidad and Tobago became a member of the organization of American States(OAS)...in 1967.... the event took  place on the "avenue of the Americas"... New York City.... ah could list  more occasions when the steelpan/band were featured as a symbol of Trinidad and Tobago.....but ah prefere to leave some of the information for later...peace..

Knolly: Eric Williams actually used these DIPLOMATIC CONNECTIONS to get the STEELBAND OUT THERE. But like his INHERITORS never got the 411!!!

CLAUDE, HIS INHERITORS DON'T KNOW THE VALUE OF THE STEELPAN/BAND AND IMPRESSION IT HAS CREATED INTERNATIONALLY.... TODAY! THE WORLD IS LITTERED WITH STEELPAN/BANDS,AND THE P N M GOVT STILL DON'T HAVE A CLUE AS TO WHY THAT IS HAPPENING AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE......Dr ERIC WILLIAMS MUST BE CUSSING THEM FROM HIS GRAVE....HENCE THE REASON WHY THEY ARE SO CONFUSE AS A GOTV.!!....PLEASE DON'T GET ME WRONG I WILL STILL VOTE  P N M........AND CALL THAT A VOTE FOR DR ERIC WILLIAMS.........PEACE!

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