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How do we put a price on the contributions Pan Tuners have made to our culture?

I was recently at an event for the Borough Day celebrations in Point-Fortin.  There I witness the treatment of one of our foremost pan tuners; a Chaconia Medal receipient, being turned away at a Pan event. Now I understand that this event was sponsered by a private company, however Pan Trinbago was involved. His name was not on a list by the door, an oversight by the individual who invited him. There were officials from Pan Trinbago at the door and none could vouch for Mr. Kellman, who I am sure was humilliated by this action. A Pan compitition out front and most of the "invited guest" in the back partying, eating and drinking, while several of the performing bands, their instruments were made by guess who? Mr. Kellman. We are too small as a society to allow our icons to be treated this way. Dont wait untill they are no longer with us to give them their due, moments of silence, big shows of appriciation. They need to feel the love now, while they are still with us. Let us cherish and respect them for the contributions they have made and continue to make to put our country on the world stage. This has been said time and again, however I feel that it should  be said as many times as this sort of nonsense occur.

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Comment by Alicia Caesar on May 15, 2012 at 1:44pm

Sad. When will door keepers and Gate's Men stop the I have the power and instead let's ask first before embarrassing. 

Comment by BEDE LOPEZ on May 14, 2012 at 6:44pm

But the thing is this, people in Trinidad still looks and treat our instruments as trash cans, our instruments, music and all who is involve in it is being appreciated all over the world except Trinidad, isn't that something? As the saying, "you never miss the water till the well run dry". WAKE UP TRINI, WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

Comment by Sweet Eustace on May 14, 2012 at 5:16pm
This is nothing new as a matter of fact do not just jump on the organizers, who do not know better, pan people on the whole do not respect each other, if the late great Clive Bradley was alive he could tell you stories to full a lot of books, Dr Ellie Mannered "father of pan as we know it" got his share, the list is too much to mention and it goes on and on
Pan cannot happen without pan tuners yet pan tuners are last on the list and many of them are treated like dogs, this is painful I will stop here because too much to mention in this thankless art
Comment by Edger Jackman on May 13, 2012 at 3:57pm

Have we heard or recognize the Legend BASEMAN?

Comment by Edger Jackman on May 13, 2012 at 3:54pm

As the "old people" would say "nothing before its time". I am not suprised and I am glad one person was present to remind us of an  "old pan issue". There were a lot of good points documented but are they only TALKING POINTS? I have a suggustion of a workable, achievable and "ACTION POINT".

There are 365 days in one year: christmas, New year, Birthdays and i writing this on Mothers' Day. Why not select a Day. Do not wait for an organizational approval, and do not take a "poke a stick at it " approach.

Remember, the beginnings of the Instrument in the mix.

Finally, Lack of Education, lack of continual education of Players, Supports and New Comers.



Comment by Salah Wilson on May 12, 2012 at 7:54pm

A very unfortunate situation for Mr. Kellman, even if his name was not on the list  oversight or what.....At the gate they should have recognized and acknowledge him. But these situations will occur again  unless drastic changes are  made  by the Pan Organization  in the recognition of these Icons and putting in place some system that will prevent a re-occurence of a similar situation with another icon. There are also many  unsung heroes out there who are indeed Icons and have never received any major acknowledgements and should be recognized before it is too late let me use this opportunity to call out at least one of them, so that something could be done  allow me to acknowledge for recognition Mr. Wallace Austin ( Ace Pan Tuner)


Salah Wilson

Comment by lance Seuanrine on May 12, 2012 at 12:05pm

Greetings: I, too, must apologize to Bredren Kellman for being ignored when he visited Point and  was not given the respect he so deserves. But I must return to one of my earlier postings. We must begin to train the pan men to be busness people and this includes  coaching them in the art of negotiation. Invaders, Renegades, Desperadoes etc must operate as separate businesses. They must see the panyard as a total business and apply strong business acumen. They must seiriously address the purpose of Pan Trinibago. How they could not have completed their headquarters is beyond any business student's dream. It is only when the different bands begin to revolt and say we want the key components of the pan industry to be owned by Trinis ( Chrome etc) can we then talk of Self reliance from a collective sense. All Panmen must have a  decent salary from this art form Give thanks Dr. Lance Seunarine

Comment by Dolores J Skinner on May 12, 2012 at 11:45am

they should apologise to him  publicly and find some way to make ammends to him

Comment by Andre-Roger Dellevi on May 12, 2012 at 9:23am

Disgraceful and shamefu!!!  Kellman should be apologized to by those responsible...  All efforts should be made to repair and ensure this does not occur again!!!  

Comment by Bugs on May 12, 2012 at 8:34am

@Glenroy -- Why does Diaz and Pan Trinbago think you are a troublemaker? LOL


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