"If all steelbands renounced their membership of PT "indefinitely", would the governmnt pay salaries to an executive of an organization without members?
We, the panmen and women do not know the power we have by "voting with our…"
"No one can "assault" your rights if you do not allow them to do so. If all steelbands were to revoke their membership of PT, then there would be no one who could do as they please with respect to holding on to power / government paid…"
"Thanks, mih bredrin. Ah hear yuh. You an I know dat, but ah only bring it up because de name is very important in law - specially in copyright and patent. Dat is why de European Court of Justice rule dat only France could make and sell a product…"
"I started playing pan in Trinidad in the 70s and still do so. I played in different bands known as pan sides, steelbands and steel orchestras, but I never heard of a "steel drum band" in Trinidad. On the other hand, I know many people…"
"Gregory - yuh hit de nail on de head. Pan is jes ah instrument like other instrument. It cyar play itself. Is only when de panman / woman start tuh play dat the magic does arise. Unless dey form ah musicians union, an doh play until dey get pay, dey…"
"I am a bit confused with two statements in this post.
1. The statement:
"I encourage all steelpan Builders, Tuners and Groovers to continue to work for yourself"..
as well as
2: The statement:
"Senior steelpan makers should unite…"
"As a panman, I think my question about people’s opinions of vaccines on a website designed to promote the history and culture of the steelband globally was relevant.
I do not disrespect the value of anyone’s contribution.
I do not think…"
"Quote from the main page of When Steel Talks:
"When Steel Talks is dedicated to Pan worldwide. It is an initiative designed to promote the history and culture of the Steelband globally".
Should we use this forum to express our opinions of…"
"I don't see any "disadvantages"...knowledge about music notation is a good thing for anyone playing music.
On the other hand, just as being able to read/write is not necessary to speak/tell a story, in the same way being able to…"
Thanks for your reply.
With respect to your question “What would you be inclined to suggest to steelbands going forward post COVID-19, as it cannot be business as usual?
All of us want progress, but if you are on a dead-end…"
"Thanks for the post. Well-thought through and well-formulated. Analysis followed by suggestions are always constructive. Much appreciation.
I just have one "doubt": On several occasions reference is made to the the "movement". I…"
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Profile – George Rampersad
Born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Attended the Tunapuna Presbyterian School and St. Mary’s College in Port-of-Spain. Aircraft mechanic with BWIA – the airline of Trinidad & Tobago – from 1976 to 1984.
Learned to play the full range of steelpan instruments in Starland Steel Orchestra, taught by Wilfred Keel (Silver Stars), Claude “Moby Dick” alias “Catelli Joe” Williams (Trinidad All Stars) and Michael “Penta” Cupidore (Invaders and Hummingbirds Pan Groove). Inspired and guided by steelband virtuoso Rudy “Two Leff” Smith, arranger, pan tuner and master jazz pannist known the world over for his bebop style of playing the steelpan.
Co-founded and arranged music for Tunapuna All Stars Steel Orchestra, the only steelband with a complete repertoire of Indian music.
Migrated to Denmark in 1984. Taught steelband in schools, youth clubs and adult education evening classes. Founded and arranged music for Denmark All Stars, the band that represented Denmark at the first ever European Steelband Festival in Paris in 2000. Taught asylum seekers at camps run by the Danish Red Cross.
Collaborated with Danish trumpet player Jens Winther for 1200th anniversary celebrations of the city of Aalborg in 1990, combining the steelband Sweet Pans, comprising Danish kids he had taught, with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.
Albums: The Power of Words – Released 2008
Has given lectures and performances in Germany, Sweden, England, France, Norway and Denmark. One of the few people in the world who sings calypso to the accompaniment of steelpans, he has no formal education in the arts.