Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
Pan Trinbago is issuing a reminder to steelbands who contract foreigners as players in the National Panorama competitions that they are required to pay dues.
This is outlined in Pan Trinbago’s Constitution Bye Laws under the heading Article 9 – Fees and Dues.
from the news desk of Pan Trinbago
Is Pan Trinbago trying to discourage overseas pan players from playing pan with this ridiculous rule surely it should be the band which these pan players are playing for to pay these fees and it is the responsibility of the governing body to encourage young people from all over the world to play the instrument not charge them for the privellege of doing so.
Pepe Francis UK
I am with Pan Trinibago with that one,that foreigners should pay to play in a band.
You know that if you play music,or work in a next country you have to pay taxes,So I can't see why Pan Trinibago should be any different.So I agree with that.
I agree too ... any pserforming player should be required to submit to the same rules, which are actually international rules, not Pan Trinbago's.
"if you play music,or work in a next country you have to pay taxes,"
helloooo, you pay taxes ONLY if you EARN MONEY in a next country.
Triidad has always seemed to be a hindrance to the spread of pan throughout the world. Although pannists like Boogsie have long been proponents of spreading the pan around and teaching anyone who is enthusiastic about learning, the die-hard old guard remains deeply entrenched in old traditions that preserve the power and importance of local pan builders.
The ongoing argument about standardization is a clear indication of how short sighted many of the old guard remain. The stubborn and irrational persistence in making pans that are different in every panyard is not just stupid but an embarrassment. This tendency to hold on to our culture has relegated Soca to a third class genre that media companies refuse to even create a category for. Unlike reggae which was promoted as a universal music for all to enjoy and play, soca remains a genre struggling to be known. Although wildly popular among Caribbean people and those in the vicinity such as the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos and Bermuda, soca has yet to be released on the world. The most famous song that ever gained universal popularity was sung by a White American from Staten Island, called David Johansen, aka Buster Poindexter. Until we let pan go and free it to the world, it will remain but an illusive phenomenon for Panoramas, cruise ships and Disney parks.
The first time I met Boogsie here in Miami, many more years ago than I care to remember, he said :
" IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC " THE MUSIC. THE MUSIC.
$adly, that would no longer $eem to be the ca$e. How $ad.
So would a foreign arranger, welder, trucker, painter also have to pay dues to the Pan Trinbago Government? Let me get this straight... someone who spends money to come to Trinidad and Tobago, stay and eat here, participate in the creation of a valuable product should pay a tax to Pan Trinbago, yet pirates with camcorders and phones are allowed to capture performances for redistribution!!! I agree that in order to make the product saleable, we have to lock certain aspects down, taxing a foreign player is NOT the answer, in my opinion. As a matter of fact if a foreign player pays ANYONE, it should be the band whose music they are playing and whose instruments they are probably using. This just does NOT make a lick of sense. I have no doubt that running Pan Trinbago is no cake walk, but if you don't know, ask someone who does!!!!It would be really wonderful if Pan Trinbago could sit down after Panorama and develop a comprehensive strategy for Pan. Where are they planning to take this? If they do not know, then do the honourable thing and resign. We have 7,000 registered players and probably about the same number who do not participate in the Panorama, what is the future for these players. I have always held that Pan Trinbago's mandate does NOT include any responsibility to or for the pan player, we the players need to sort ourselves out. This nonsense that is being played out between them and Gypsy really should be resolved by US. I personally would love to STRIKE in 2011, let the pans play themselves. As a matter of fact, I better call up some unions to see whether we could join them, I am fed up of the annual abuse we suffer; we end up subsidising the culture and the economy to the tune of millions, yet Gypsy is acting like we are begging for handouts... I say let's turn into spectators, beat two parties and watch the carnival on TV. Let GORTT observe the change in revenue. We have to decide to strike NOW, so the Panorama crowd will cancel their flights and hotels.