I read the words of recently elected Pan Trinbago president Beverly Ramsey-Moore promising to make our pan industry viable: “...We will ensure that that drum-making factory...will bring in millions, upon millions, upon millions so that our players won’t have to look for a $500.”
Other figures associated with pan are just as bewildering – $100,000 to transport a band from San Fernando to Port of Spain, $200,000 to sponsor a relatively small band, $500,000 for a large band to prepare for Panorama.
However, after more than 80 years of evolution, the numbers still do not add up.
Four is the number of years since the last international conference on pan took place at the Hyatt, Port of Spain...naturally. Topics included the Business of Pan, Pan Manufacturing, even a discussion on the way that notes are laid out. Zero is the number of papers or policy positions that I have seen from that undoubtedly expensive gathering.
Ah doh know why Aquil Arrindell and dem other PAN PLAYERS grumbling and complaining so much about $500.
Look, Beverley Ramsey-Moore say just: "HOLD STRAIN!!!"
Everybody prematurely judging this Messianic Leader who "will ensure that that drum-making factory...will bring in millions, upon millions, upon millions so that our players won’t have to look for a $500.”
And she will transform every PAN YARD in Trinidad and Tobago (especially Tobago) into a CENTER OF EXCELLENCE.
Look: BEVERLEY is a HERO (sent by the Lord from heaven above to integrate the STEELBAND with PEACE, PAN PROGRESS, MILLIONS and LOVE -- ah tief dem lines from Sparrow, Marcus)... she ain't NO ZERO!!!