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Ban on steelbands in Leeds West Indian Carnival parade EXCLUSIVE

DOWN THE PAN: Members of the steelband that wont be playing at the Leeds West Indian Carnival - from left, Ashley Hendricks, Victoria Jaquiss, Katie Smith and Varshika PatelEngland, U.K. - Traditional Caribbean steelband music has been banned from the 44th Leeds West Indian Carnival parade.
 

The carnival committee of 13 members took the unanimous decision to have no live music in the parade itself at an emergency meeting this week.
 

Members said due to recent “unrest” in the Chapeltown area they felt they had no option but to make this year’s carnival “a bit calmer” with no steelbands playing on any of the floats.
 

Chairman Arthur France said: “We are not putting any steelbands on the road in the parade this year. It was a decision taken as we are being extra cautious following recent unrest. In light of violent events, and after careful consideration, we decide that we will not use any steelband on the road, which means no live music.

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I am amazed that a committee has the power to ban steelbands. Thank God there was no such committee in Trinidad when pan was being invented against the wishes of many "respectable" people.

 

 Perhaps you can check your files Kim.  Didn't the Colonial powers at the time did ban early steelbands from the road for one reason or another during the war years?
The Colonial Masters at work again. The rioters must have really pissed off the City. There is no reason to ban the Pan. Is this a punishment for the rioting that took place recently.? Its very childish and draconian to make a ruling like that. Another question is. Is this a permanent or temporal ban? I think that the business community who were much affected by the rioting and looting had a big hand to play in this decision. Take heed my Pan family. A very - very sad day for Pan!

A very sad day for pan indeed.

 

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I stand corrected.
Come on!  Put on your thinking caps!  Does anyone actually believe that the Carnival Committe made this call?  HELL NO!  I would not be too surprised if this directive came from Quuen Liz herself.  Please do not shoot the messenger, they are just doing as they are told like good little English children.  This occurrence speaks to a larger issue.  It just highlights the fact that all over the globe, large segments of society waits in the dark like a ravenous pack of bottom feeders waiting for an opportunity to attack and hinder anything dominated by black people.  And, they usually act under the guise of they are doing what is right for the situation at hand.  This whole issue is such a joke.  I do not know how many of you have attend this carnival, but I have.  I can tell you that when the sun starts to go down, there is a mass exodus because people are so fearful of what goes on after dark.  There is violence, valdalism, robberies and on occasions even murder.  This is not an isolated case.  It happens every single carnival.  So it is interesting that they are going to act as though a crisis will be averted by not having steelband in attendance.  Peace!

Thequeen does not have the power to ban parades.

 

In Trinidad we used to have carnival on discovery day and I believe I am right in saying that they banned discovery day carnival because some tourist got hit with a baseball bat after he objected to sailors throwing powder on his wife. I was quite young so I may have my facts mixed up as to the real reason they stopped Discovery day carnival However I have to agree no committee has the right to ban steelband in T&T

I beg to differ.  Absolutely nothing goes on in England without her knowledge and/or approval.  You do not see her on TV ranting and raving, handing down decisions, but her every wish is thier command.  If you think that this is not the case, then more power to you my friend.  However, do not be fooled!  The queen is not just some figure-head that has outlived her usefullness as some people wants to believe.  SHE HAS HER THUMB FIRMLY ON THE PULSE OF THAT ENTIRE KINGDOM.  We are talking of the largest carnival celebration in Europe.  It pumps millions of pound sterling into the British economy.  Do you honestly think that any decisions pertaining to this is left in the hands of some regular Carnival Committee?

Watch out for them Queens, Foy!  They're sneaky little buggers, and they'll GOOSE ya with that big thumb when you're least expecting it!

...Meanwhile...

Here's the real scoop on this deal from a British paper  http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, (however, and like all good little Brits, the reporter neglected to mention the Queen's part in all this).  Also, a link to the BBC television news story with a bit by one of the organizers.  Bottom line, Britain is not accustomed to the kind of nasty things that went on during the recent riots, and are responding with understandable --if completely misdirected-- frightened concern.  It's as if the steel bands are being thought of as modern-day Bad Johns, but the blaring amps of the mass bands are somehow passing muster:

 

Ban on steelbands in Leeds West Indian Carnival parade EXCLUSIVE
Written by Alison Belamy - Yorkshire Evening Post
Friday, 19 August 2011 16:01

Traditional Caribbean steelband music has been banned from the 44th Leeds West Indian Carnival parade.

The carnival committee of 13 members took the unanimous decision to have no live music in the parade itself at an emergency meeting this week.

Members said due to recent “unrest” in the Chapeltown area they felt they had no option but to make this year’s carnival “a bit calmer” with no steelbands playing on any of the floats.

Chairman Arthur France said: “We are not putting any steelbands on the road in the parade this year. It was a decision taken as we are being extra cautious following recent unrest. In light of violent events, and after careful consideration, we decide that we will not use any steelband on the road, which means no live music.

“We want to keep things a bit calmer. We fear it may cause trouble. It isn’t the noise, we just don’t want any interference on the road.

“We have been placed under a great deal of strain following the national youth uprising and other issues which have been local to our city.”

Music will be provided on a float by DJs and a sound system by Leeds Carnival Committee.

But Victoria Jaquiss, steelpan development officer for Leeds Music Services and band leader of the Foxwood Steel Bandits, The Leeds Silver Doves and Steel Rising, said: “Steelpan should be part of the carnival parade. It is the highlight of the musical year for some members, to play in front of their home crowd. I doubt very much that middle aged women and kids would attract any trouble.

“We performed at Otley Carnival in June and we were at Manchester Carnival last Saturday, following the riots there and it was brilliant atmosphere.”

She said they had been expecting to play at this year’s event and were bitterly disappointed after receiving a call and letter from the committee stating steelbands would not be invited.

Mr France who was founder of the first carnival in Leeds in 1967, one of the first in Europe, said: “At one point last week following an arson attack on carnival headquarters we were not sure whether the carnival would go ahead at all. This was a committee decision, not involving the police, but we have regular meetings with police to keep them updated.”

A steelband from Leeds, New World Steel Symphony Orchestra, will perform on stage in Potternewton Park after the carnival parade is over on Bank Holiday Monday.

Around 15 floats will travel the carnival route through Harehills and Chapeltown and feature people from the city dressed in colourful costumes as well as the carnival Queen, King and princesses.

BBC news story clip: 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-14599380

 

That is such backwards thinking. So are traditional bands banned as well and what is the sense of having carnival without live music. Carnival is a Celebration, not an uprising...This is not Slavery day where the mentality that slaves got to celebrate the end of the harvest, working in the fields mentality.... Address the source of the problem not potential symptoms when treating a patient...or in this case, events, whether good or bad...

 

 

Obviously, the people who made this decision know little about the modern steelband, and based their decision on antiquated ideas about steelbands and violence based on ancient history.

One wonders how people with so little feel for the Carnival culture could become a "Carnival Committee".

Reminds me of the nineteen sixties and the riots after Martin Luther King was assassinated.

There was supposed to be a James Brown concert in Boston and the city's administration wanted to cancel the concert, fearing it would incite the rioters.

However, wiser heads prevailed and the concert went on, and was broadcast live on TV.

Who couldn't attend stayed home to watch TV, and as a result, Boston was the only major US city without riots the night MLK died.

In other words, that was the night James Brown and his music saved Boston.

 

There is certainly a lesson to be learnt from that incident

 

Great story. I hope someone is listening to you.

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