Ace panist and arranger Duvone Stewart says
After watching BET AWARDS i must say BIG BIG THUMBS UP TO JAMAICA and its MUSIC, REGGAE/DANCEHALL , that is why i would always keep saying IF STEELPAN AND CALYPSO/SOCA WAS A JAMAICAN INVENTION AND CREATION, IT WOULD OF BEEN BETTER OFF THAN IT IS NOW. REALTALK
What do you think?
The race and class issues of Trinidad and Tobago have been the biggest obstacles in the forward progress of the steelpan instrument. Duvone might have a point.
people let us stop lamenting about obstacles and start educating the people in ways to improve and market our product so we can enjoy the international success as the Jamaicans it is time to stop looking back and look ahead,dwelling on the history of a lacks attitude keep us from moving forward, we have look at ways of improvement learn from the Jamaican success and implement directives to move in the right direction
Yes. Trinidadians only talk about pan, The Jamaicans talk about reggae and support it. How many Trinidadians buy steelband records. They are a supporter of a band, they want the band to give them a free T.Shirt. Supporters of a football club will buy the club shirt.
When the band make a record the Trinis wants a free copy. Supporting as far as the Trini is concern is to get everything free from the band.
When the trinis abroad are entertaining guest the music of choice will be Soul; Reggae and perhaps a few calypsoes,
I await the excuses.
T. Noel JP
Melodians Steel Orchestra UK.
Conscience of Poverty, impels some people to deny themselves ,the full use of "the attitude of Gratitude, for Blessings of their geographical space,and unique historical Gifts, Each Genre of music is, and can become an empowering tool, and the creative vehicle and the patrons of the art form will give it pedigree.
The condition ,extends to, if you were what you could be, by virtue of the love of "Labor", that is the real deal.
I am sure that there were no DJembe drums or Soukous and Makossa music at the BET awards either.
Reggae music is basically American music with a heavy bass line, and later the Jamaican accent was added to the music.
Music like calypso and instruments like the steelpan had their genesis in Africa. The culture came directly to us in the Caribbean (with special emphasis on Trinidad) through the slaves. We were inculcated in the hatred of Africa and all things African.
You are absolutely correct in you approach to the question posed; I gather there is a bit of confusion in the original commentary, pan is an instrument, evolved from a Tambo Bamboo ,cut to varius lengths and struck on the ground to obtain the sounds. The Steelband instrument has evolved, and can be used to play any genre of music,
To look at BET, and the Reggae award program and use that music message forum to project about a large pan aggregation,without understanding why the blues is unique to the black southern experience, or the genre of country music that has incorporated instruments such as the African fiddle is the weakness of the original commentary.
The steelband as an instrument, will find its place in various settings outside the normal large aggregation,(big band) ;there are settings where steel pan and accoustic instruments has been the basis for concert programs. Reggae and Kaiso has a tension in the lyrical passages and the musical arrangements to reach their different markets; yardie music is a JA in its creole idiom, lets us celebrate it that way.
I DISAGREE WITH YOU MR ROWE REGGAE MUSIC IS NOT BASICALLY AMERICAN MUSIC WITH HEAVY BASSLINE...AND A JAMAICAN ACCENT... THATS WHERE YOUR WRONG... REGGAE IS THE MUSICAL LAMENT OF AFRICAN PEOPLE AND OUR STRUGGLE... AND THE MUSIC IS A DERIVATIVE OF SKA , MENTO, WHICH IS A TRADITIONAL AFRICAN ETHNIC MUSIC.....I NEVER TRY TO DUMB DOWN ANYTHING THAT HAS OUTLAST THE TEST OF TIME....REGGAE MUSIC HAS FEELING MEANING EXPRESSION...AND HISTORY...NOT TO MENTION SUCESS....I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU GIVE CREDIT WHERE ITS DUE.....
As Trinis we talk D talk but we doh walk D walk.
We as Trinidadians only respect the pan at Panorama time. Pan is a dead issue the rest of the year. We are the only society that supports other cultures more than our own. Here in the U.S. there are about five radio stations in the New York area operated by Trinidadians "only". Only one, operated by a gentleman called Trevor Wilkins, plays our music. He plays nothing but calypso and his station is the only place you will hear pan. The others play soca yes, but no pan. I sometimes wonder who these people really are for even though they are Trinidadians, they sometimes speak like jamaicans especially when they play reggae. You go to any Jamaican establishment, you will hear nothing else but reggae This being the case, I could agree that had pan been a Jamaican invention, It would probably be better off
Pan is respected at Panorama time? Not sure about that either. Definitely not at semifinals...
It seems that in Trinidad have we have a season for everything, like mango and gauva, cricket and football, pan and calypso Now some of the blame has to rest with the radio stations also, we tune in to hear a "pan show" or a calypso hour. Not too many radio stations play pan and calypso all day, but in Jamaica it's only reggae yuh hearing. For instance. when I was growing up and going to school in T&T, when Ash Wednesday reach, you couldn't hear a pan or calypso on the radio till lent finish. Same thing as Christmas, all you hear on the radio is parang music and parang soca, when Boxing Day reach, we gone back to playing reggae and soul. We have our musical seasons, unfortunately, reggae don't have a season. Every year we also compose new calypso and pan music, they take somebody tune, put a reggae beat and gone wid it....