When I joined Trinidad All Stars in 1973 almost all of the members were employed, some were welders they welded the pan racks some were painters they painted the pans others were employed as Docks workers; mechanics,police officers,Porters,taxi Drivers,tailors,Customs Brokers, Selling snow cones and many more fields of employment. After Carnival or Stage side practice over at whatever hour we rush home to get some sleep and report to work next morning,NBA,,BASEBALL,FOOTBALL PLAYERS, REGGA ARTISTS,SINGERS,CLASSICAL SINGERS AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS,Do this for a living. They eat sleep and dream their careers while the pan men and women play pan for the love of it but make a living employed in another field of employment..Is it that members having another means of living holding back the advancement of the Steel Bands.
XO is a innovative steelband, they are constantly trying new things.
OSWALD; (his storians) get's they story second hand, where most of them edit there story to suit themselves and not what was told to them, and also, most Trinbagonian LIE'S through their teeth, to make themselves seem and feel important, that is Y the real history of pan is so tainted and erroneous, my information comes from the source every time, example; my Great Grand Mother, Maria Isabella Victoria La Careo/Lazama, a daughter of Venezuelian Waraho native SEIS La CAREO/LAZAMA born San Soci Toco 1875 died October 1969 after her 94th birthday, said as a young woman she work on the Coco Plantation, singing and dancing on Coco beans (bare feet), after work at night she would go to shango meeting and they would dance some more, as drumming was forbidden, and sometimes they would have to run an hide when the slave masters try to catch them, after a while the slave masters started to have there own shango type dancing, they called "Canboulay" only they use mask's to hide there faces, by this time "bamboo tamboo"had made it's arrival, and by early 1936, tin pan and dust bins invaded the sphere, and 1938 the 5 five note ping pong by Carlton "sonny" Roach, eventually fazing out the "bamboo tamboo", in 1946, there's more, but you'll have to wait for my book "The ORACLE" which will be published soon...
I await your book anxiously,as we seem to share almost the same history,as my great grand and grandmother (mother side) shares the same passage as your grandmother,but they ended up at Lopinot and Calvary Hill Arima.