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PANMAGEDDON
I am writing you this letter in appreciation of the hard work and dedication that the people of Trinidad and Tobago have put into the development of our national instrument. I have mentioned to Mr. Lashley our High Commission in Toronto about organizing an all steelband event on August 31 2012 to commemorate our 50th year of independence by performing the National Anthem of Trinidad and Tobago as a tribute to our Cultural Heritage and our gift to the World. The Steelpan Instrument is just as symbolic to the World, as the Statue of Liberty in terms of freedom of expression. I propose this "Pan-mageddon" be held at 4:00 PM T&T time. All Steelbands should take to the streets, parks, community centers, savannahs in their districts creating the largest amount of Steelbands playing the official version of the Anthem at the same time. Its a little more than three (3) years from now, I am forwarding this message to you in your capacity to advise on making it work. Steelpan personnells world-wide can pay their respect and tribute to the Land of the Steelpan.


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Comment by Hameed Shaqq on August 31, 2012 at 1:41am

‎50 years ago, Pan, still was not acceptable to the wider society of Trinidad and Tobago. The Government did not declare the Steelpan Instrument an Emblem and the National Instrument with an Act of Parliment as they did for the other nation
al symbols and emblems. Although others were seeing some values in the ground-break discovery and unique invention; Examples are with 1951 TASPO'S phenomenal reviews from the Britsih press. The 1953 appearenceat steelband at the Canadian National Exhibition and then in 1957 the establishment of an American Navy Steelband. Fifty years later, the steelpan play still faces an up-hill battle for acceptance in main-stream entertainment society.

Comment by Hameed Shaqq on August 24, 2012 at 12:29pm

LETS PLAY THE TRIBUTE! The Steel Pan Instrument has become more than just a Cultural expression invented in Trinidad and Tobago. The Steel Pan is now Internationly accepted and acclaimed in areas such as Education, Arts and Entainment and continues to spread across the world of music

Comment by Hameed Shaqq on March 3, 2012 at 1:34am

Something for Pan
An open letter to the Honorable Prime Minister and Minister of Arts and Culture Mr. Winston Peters to host a World Steelpan Musical Performance! The Consulate General to Canada was sent this proposal in 2008. This is for a commemoration and celebration of Trinidad and Tobago on August 31st, 2012, our Golden Jubilee Year of Independence and certainly a historical land-mark for the entire Nation. In 1962 the year of Independence the government did not declare the Steel Pan the National Instrument. Symbolically, the Steelpan is called the National Instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, but is there an Act of Parliament to support this honorable tribute? Let it be more than symbolic.The invention of the Steelpan instrument, created a modern orchestral symphonic sound, utilizing all the necessary musical voices; Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass, also independent of the traditionally known Chamber orchestras. Evidently, this was never done before in the history of musical instruments. The use of the circle of fifths theory into a practical musical instrument is a unique example of the extent of the vision of the pioneers to legendary instruments, simply called Pans. This new and independent symphonic orchestra can perform any written chamber music or classical scores written by the greatest of Composers.
This proposal is also a tribute to our national instrument, along with the commemoration our Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary of Independence. I propose that on August 31 2012 at 12; 00 PM all Steelbands and Steel Pan Players World-wide gather to perform the official version (key of Ab) of the National Anthem of T&T, as a tribute to the People of Trinidad and Tobago! The Land of the Steel Pan. The spread of Steelpans has many rewards and benefits of our National Instrument and to the country as a whole. How many Great Countries can claim a National instrument?

Comment by Hameed Shaqq on January 28, 2012 at 8:40pm

At 5:43pm on February 8, 2009, Hameed ShaqqHameed Shaqqsaid…

PANMAGEDDON
I am writing you this letter in appreciation of the hard work and dedication that the people of Trinidad and Tobago have put into the development of our national instrument. I have mentioned to Mr. Lashley our High Commission in Toronto about organizing an all steelband event on August 31 2012 to commemorate our 50th year of independence by performing the National Anthem of Trinidad and Tobago as a tribute to our Cultural Heritage and our gift to the World. The Steelpan Instrument is just as symbolic to the World, as the Statue of Liberty in terms of freedom of expression. I propose this "Pan-mageddon" be held at 4:00 PM T&T time. All Steelbands should take to the streets, parks, community centers, savannahs in their districts creating the largest amount of Steelbands playing the official version of the Anthem at the same time. Its a little more than three (3) years from now, I am forwarding this message to you in your capacity to advise on making it work.

 

Comment by Hameed Shaqq on August 3, 2011 at 12:46am
Lets have a trial run for Panmageddon, All Steelbands and steelpan Players gather and Play the National Anthem of Trinidad and Tobago on August 31 2011
Comment by Hameed Shaqq on June 1, 2011 at 1:46am

World Festival of Steelpan Music

In tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago! The Land of the Steel Pan. All Steel Pan Players in the World must perform the official version of the National Anthem of T&T. To raise awareness to the origins of the Steelpan and its symbolism to Cultural Freedom and Expression. History says Pythgoras calculated the musical intervals called the cycle of Fifths, however, this concept remained only a musical theory, until the invention of the Steelpan Instrument. This proposal is because of my deep appreciation for the hard work and dedication that the people of Trinidad and Tobago have put into the development of a totally new symphonic approach to orchestral music. Also in remembrance of the devoted men and women, who did not live to see the rise to excellence; of the once dispised art of playing Pan.



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Comment by Hameed Shaqq on April 22, 2011 at 2:31pm
Comment by Hameed Shaqq on May 19, 2010 at 10:07pm Delete Comment World Festival of Steelpan Music

In tribute to 50th year of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago! The Land of the Steel Pan. All Steel Pan Players in the World must perform the official version of the National Anthem of T&T. To raise awareness to the origins of the Steelpan, as a symbol of Freedom and Cultural Expression. The Steel Pan Instrument is as symbolic as the Statue of Liberty.


The T&T Consulates around the world can be instrumental in encouraging dialogue and guidance among the international steel pan communities with an incentive to the supporters of our National Instrument. By offering a “Steel Pan Fantasty Package” which will include All expensive paid travel to T&T for Canival with Tickets to the National Steelpan Panorama finals in 2013.This winner by a public random draw will also receive a complete Soprano package including Steelpan Playing with Theory written by Salah Wilson and donated by Steelpan Plus Pan Boutiques in Montreal and Toronto.
Comment by Hameed Shaqq on March 31, 2011 at 11:03am
I am writing you this letter in appreciation of the hard work and dedication that the people of Trinidad and Tobago have put into the development of our national instrument. I have mentioned to Mr. Lashley our former Consul General in Toronto about organizing an all steelband event on August 31 2012 to commemorate our 50th year of independence by performing the National Anthem of Trinidad and Tobago as a tribute to our Cultural Heritage and our gift to the World. The Steelpan Instrument is just as symbolic to the World, as the Statue of Liberty in terms of freedom of expression. I propose this "Pan-mageddon" be held everywhere. All Steelbands should take to the streets, parks, community centers, savannahs in their districts creating the largest amount of Steelbands playing the official version of the Anthem at the same time. Its a little more than one (1) year from now, I am forwarding this message to you in your capacity to advise on making it work. Steelpan personnells world-wide can pay their respect and tribute to the Land of the Steelpan
Comment by Hameed Shaqq on March 15, 2011 at 12:29pm
When was the Steel Pan declared the National Instrument and an Emblem of T&T?
Comment by Hameed Shaqq on February 22, 2011 at 11:28am
The steel Pan must be officially declared as one of the National Emblems and our National Instrument by an ACT OF PARLIMENT by the government of T&T, anything else is only lip service. The Pan fraternity must see the true picture and act now to preserve our unique contribution to the World of Music.

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