New York, USA - USSA (United States Steelband Association) President Martin Douglas informed When Steel Talks on Thursday August 28, that current WIADCA (West Indian American Day Carnival Association) President William R. Howard, has been counseled by “lifers” (that is, people who have occupied—and still remain in same—key positions in WIADCA for decades) - to not issue Press Passes for When Steel Talks to cover this year’s New York Panorama, which comes off on the evening of Saturday August 30 on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum. WIADCA are sole producers and organizers of the event.
This decision came, William Howard stated to Mr. Douglas, because he was told of articles WIADCA deemed negative toward their organization - relative to a specifically-named individual, a former key New York criminal justice official— interestingly enough that When Steel Talks has in fact never written about.
Mr. Douglas had previously repeatedly assured When Steel Talks that the Press Passes would be issued, and in fact that they would be available since Monday August 25. However on the evening of Thursday August 28, Mr. Douglas informed When Steel Talks of Mr. Howard’s decision that they would not be issued, and why.
William R. Howard is in his first year of power at WIADCA as the organization’s President, and so is Martin Douglas – in his first year of power - as USSA’s President. Speaking to When Steel Talks, Mr. Douglas implied that he himself was “powerless” to remedy the situation, although he in fact represents almost all the steel orchestras in New York.
The annual Panorama at the Brooklyn Museum is a musical event showcasing some of the finest steel orchestras on the North American continent, with complements sometimes reaching one hundred musicians each. When Steel Talks/PanOnTheNet has generally been issued Press Passes throughout the years and has consistently and comprehensively covered and reviewed this musical showcase in articles, pictures, and/or video.
Click for coverage of the 2013 New York Panorama by When Steel Talks/PanOnTheNet
This is always the result when power gets to the head of Man. Somehow they ALWAYS become larger than the culture. We have great examples right here in Trini.
They bad begging, they had money to pay panpeople all this time, the government right in not giving them money.
Cecil, you are shifting the focus. BTW All ah dem, different names, same damn ting!
Andre- For clarification, USSA had nothing to do with WIADCA Decision. they were only relaying the message to WST
Is that so? Or is it "good cop, bad cop"? USSA has the power to force WIADCA or no panorama.
Didn't WST receive an award and acknowledgement at last years panorama? I thought they did, which makes this announcement especially odd.
President William R. Howard of WIADCA want people to be his Puppet, If you see something is wrong, keep your mouth shut, only give Positive Comments not Negative (he reminds me of the leader of PT). MR Howard sir, you must remember "What goes up must come down".
Steelbands need all the positive media coverage they can get. When Steel Talks/PanOnTheNet has done so much for the Steelband family. Who else is more worthy? It's like telling your parents they can not come see you perform. The rest of the world who can not come to the panorama will love to see/hear what went on. They are the only one that take us there when we can't be there.
The bacchanal(negativity) of the steelband, steelpan, steeldrum is indelibly etched in history. Positive media coverage cannot help the movement. SWEET pans, SOUR administrations. It is what it is. If someone could find the time...try rubbing the stripes off a leopard. Yeah, I know, leopard ain't gat no stripes but you get my drift, no?