Opinion: by Markus Garceran
I remember three years ago, Jahlani and I launched a project...movement, if you will...called Let Steelpan Ring. Many of whom appeared in the very same video that seems to have ruffled feathers. It served as a revolution movement to attempt to get the pan community more involved in moving the Brooklyn steel pan community out of the stone ages: 20th century business practices, annually going to an asinine promoter WITHOUT ACONTRACT, etc.
I remember Let Steelpan Ring called for a summit asking for EVERYONE to come voice their opinions on how we as a whole can be better and a grand total of 17 people showed up after the whole NY pan community spent ample time talking about what needs to change in our community...on Facebook (I’m sensing a pattern).
I find it, at this point utterly hilarious that people are more upset about inclusion on a spur of the moment conversation and less upset about the complete and utter bull that the bands we allegedly love have to endure because of one event that holds more weight than it should.
I like this Markus Garceran, fellah!!!
TRY SOMETHING: Make a PAN CD for the GLOBAL MARKET!!!
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another.
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Published on May 19, 2019
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Markus Garceran for President.