Global - Earlier this month When Steel Talks began its annual celebration and tribute to "Women in Steelpan," highlighting the multifaceted, multi-talented intellectual, educator and artist Pat Bishop
. This global figure is and remains one of the pivotal figures in the history of pan, and the country of Trinidad and Tobago’s modern arts and culture.
So as March - Woman's Month - draws to a close, it is with extreme disappointment that When Steel Talks finds itself commenting on the unfortunate and disrespectful turn of events visited upon at Ms Bishop as outlined in one of Trinidad and Tobago national newspapers
What has been done cannot never be undone and no apology can ever make amends. And there lies the problem. Someone thought they could do this and get away with it in broad daylight - or worse they did not, and do not - care.
Can the untalented plebe who set this action in motion swim in one bead of sweat off of Ms. Bishop’s brow? Most likely not. Clearly someone simply lost their mind.
Needless to say this is not the way we expected to wrap up Women's month. Ms. Bishop is more than a cultural icon - she is a Sister in Pan. Furthermore, Ms. Bishop speaks her mind and is not afraid to have an opinion.
Be assured Ms. Bishop will continue to be heard.
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