This August, 2015, I participated in the International Conference and Panorama (ICP) in Trinidad and Tobago. During the conference I launched the World's 1st Electronic Steelpan 6 Bass (E-Pan). We received rave reviews from everyone present at the unveiling at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad. It was welcoming to see local pan enthusiasts embracing another addition to the steelpan family coming out of the NAPE, Inc./E-Pan camp. We also unveiled the version 3 of the Tenor E-Pan.
One of the things that stood out was when the Secretary of Pantrinbago, Richard Forteau said "Nobody can't say they did this before you". Another Pantrinbago official repied "... hummm ... they will find a way to make up or backdate some archive ... " I just smiled.
As we do our part to ensure that steelpan keeps up with technology, we are very proud to release version 3 of the E-Pan and the E-Pan 6 Bass prototype. Click here to see snippets of the unveiling https://youtu.be/063uT4DVjYw
I want to take this time to congratulate the ICP and the Secretariat for a fantastic event. It was a world class event that we as Trinbagonians should be proud of. I think that it should be held every 3 or 4 years to continue to show the world that Trinidad and Tobago and its are the leaders where steelpan is concerned. Every time it's held I'm sure it will grow from strength to strength improving along the way. The handling of the dignitaries was second to none. Unfortunately I was not able to be there for the opening and the 1st two days as I had prior commitments with the Toronto All Stars Steel Orchestra in Scotland.
It would have been nice to see some of the contributors of this When Steel Talks forum submit papers to the ICP and present at the event. At the end of each presentation there is a question period where the audience is given a chance to ask questions (do some fact checking). Just some food for thought.
Salmon Cupid, Inventor of the World's 1st Electronic Steelpan