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When will the persecution of Pan Trinbago Inc. cease?

by Michael L. Joseph
Public Relations Officer
Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Gary G Aboud of Port of Spain says that he is a lover of pan, but Pan Trinbago does not have the skill and efficiency to manage $34 million dollars in prize money that the government contributes toward Steelbands, participation in the national festival.
Panorama 2016 - Pan Trinbago

This malicious person went on to say, that the Sunday of the National Panorama Semi finals, the place was packed to capacity and that persons were selling stolen tickets outside the gates for half the price and he demands to know how many tickets were sold by Pan Trinbago.

This malicious lover of Pan went on to allege that Pan Trinbago is a FIFA type secret society in T&T and that not one of these officials have anything of substance to show. The persecution seems to go on and on!

Government go and government come and they keep contributing because they are satisfied that Pan Trinbago is justifying and have been justifying over the years their allocations. But, there are those with hidden agendas, hell bent on taking away the lucrative business that the Pan has become from the grassroots, and putting it in the hands of the business class.

So, vilify the grassroots administrators! Accuse them of being dumb to the management of large sums of money and or dishonesty! That way they will be forced out or get frustrated and leave it alone. This never happened in the perilous times, why will it happen now? Why does Gary and others feel that pan peoples’ business should be addressed in the public domain? Could Gary tell us the capacity of the stands at the savannah and if he honestly believes that the pan fraternity can have a financially profitable carnival event at that or any other venue in T&T. Is Pan Trinbago responsible for the people selling tickets outside of all other shows and events in T&T and across the world?

There are so many persons and organizations that get assistance from the government and don't give an account, why Pan Trinbago - an organization that submits audited statements to the relevant authorities every year.

Life Sport billions - no account. Politicians squandered and misappropriated billions. So many government buildings, projects and programs stalled and never got off the ground, costing billions; people plagiarizing others’ melodies and chasing it with a drink of rum, and are being rewarded with millions.

While Pan Trinbago is creating and promoting youth development and discipline in our society, some sponsors and promoters are tripping over themselves to promote vulgarity, obscenities and barbaric behaviour bordering on pornography in the wider society. Steelbands bring the most positive effect to the communities, and should be better supported and funded.

In everything, there are challenges. What makes Pan Trinbago the favourite whipping horse?

- See more at: http://www.panonthenet.com/news/2016/feb/persecution-of-pan-trinbag...

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When will the exploitation of panmen and pan women stop? when you give a straight answerer to my question i guess we could have an intelligent discussion.

Michael Joseph: I was all ready to continue the attack on YOU and PANTRINBAGO until you pulled out this line: "people plagiarizing others’ melodies and chasing it with a drink of rum, and are being rewarded with millions."


I am a CALYPSO LOVER FIRST and a DISTANT SECOND PAN LOVER. But I do have an interest in seeing the best for PAN and witnessing it move from the BEGGAR CATEGORY to the MONEY MAKER that it could be.

Yet I must warn you that THAT HORSE is going to get PLENTY WHIPPING on this topic. For once I will keep my NEGATIVE KEYBOARD against PANTRINBAGO silent during this topic. But you (Michael Joseph) should not be paying for the sins of the GUILTY.

There are many reasons why Pan Trinbago is the favorite whipping horse and to understand them, 3 historical truths are  worthy of examination.  1.  Respect - Mr. Aboud does not respect African descendants in authority.  And sadly, many other business leaders hold the same view.  Yes, they say they love pan, but do not invest in it.  The prevailing attitude is that African descendants should always work for someone else and not be in control of their destiny.Africans in control is a threat to the power brokers in the society.  It makes them upset to think what they would do with pan if it were under their control. 2. Self-hate - The legacy of colonialism is deep in the psyche of African descendants in T&T and around the world.  We trust others more than we trust each other and hold our own to much higher standards than we hold others who do not look like us, especially if they are of a lighter complexion.  Wasn't it said that Dr. Rowley was to dark-skinned to be Prime Minister? and 3. Denial - When we deny our African roots, we get whipped. How many pannists and other know that the African drum was banned in 1844 and that is the genesis of pan? So know, accept, embrace and uplift the African experience that is pan.

Barbara you are a thousand percent correct. Although, Pan Trinbago is currently an incompetent, bunch of unprofessional, under achieving, wannabe gangstas --- we must not be blinded or tricked into not seeing who the real monsters and professional gangsters are.


Can you name the person who said that "Dr. Rowley was too dark skinned to be Prime Minister"? Since all of our PMs were white skinned, I could understand your indignation at such.

The question is why is it when the 'can of worms' that is PanTrinbago is opened, we get all creepy and crawly.

Why is it when we jab at the "hornet's nest" that is PanTrinbago, we are afraid of being stung?

I would like to know why, when the word "PanTrinbago" is mentioned, it generates so much interest, interest that cannot be spent or invested?

"Self hate" is the reason why we are the way we are. Therein lies THE problem.

If a horse is being whipped, is because it is nonperforming. And Mr Joseph should stand outside the Grandstand at Panorama to witness for himself, some of his executive colleagues as they ply their black market ticket trade. True, true Pan hustlers!!   

If I get this correct, there's NO proper procedure to account for tracking sales of the tickets? One would think with modern technology using batch numbers, serial numbers or scanners they will be able to account for the TOTAL gate receipts.

May be there a reason they don't want to computerize/modernize their accounting system. In this manual system its easier to hide the paper trail. The money just DISAPPEAR or a FIRE just happen to come from nowhere.

carnival is baccanal

how long this is going on and it aint about to change

 race had to enter at some point  to boil the pot

Transparency and accountability always go a long way to disprove all misconceptions, not word of mouth.

Get rid of the old and bring in the new vibrant youthful people. Eighty five percent of pan players are youths . Let them run things ! There are technology times ! Chance us good.

Arthur W Traverso , you're a smart individual. 

I'm sure that you know that power in any organization is never "given", it is taken.

If the young pan people are dissatisfied with the leadership of Pan Trinbago , why not just take over the organization ?

The leadership is still democratically elected , as far as I know, and they have the numbers ( did you say eighty-five percent?) and should have the know-how to run the organization , and to introduce modern ideas and technology.

What'e holding them back?

I give little credence to all the criticism of the leadership of Pan Trinbago , deserving or not ,when the membership have the ability to vote them out.

Glenroy: The youths have ZERO POLITICAL POWER in those STEELBANDS.


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