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Steelband "pandemonium" is not just about pan people , it is about All of us !

The mistake we are making , my friends is assuming that the problems facing the steelbands of T&T are pan people’s problems , but they are much more than that.
The problems are societal , and about national identity , culture ,vision and even more.
Trinidadians have not yet recognized that in a failing economy , an emphasis on culture and tourism will become a most important part of the nation's economic security.

Many Trinidadians have been reluctant to appreciate uniqueness and value of the steelpan , the national instrument.
The most unique , and most economically viable part of the culture is the steelband and it related aspects - tuning , marketing of pans etc.
But this can only be exploited to the nation's benefit if that is recognized and appreciated by all aspects of society . including the government , the NCC , the steelband leaders , the business sector and mostly by the public at large.

And the government can’t just “ wash their hands” and leave it up to pan people , it is too important to the nation’s well being.
Because it will take a national investment ,and a focus on the steelband as a centerpiece of the culture , including the carnival.
And it will need direction and leadership from all aspects of society including government , the business community and the public.

Such an emphasis on culture should produce benefits in the entertainment sector and particularly in tourism .
The culture must be promoted and marketed with the spotlight on the steelband , in such a way as to emphasize the history of the steelpan , its culture , its creators and the superior skills of the pan creators and innovators of T&T.

Increased funds in the national coffers due to tourism based on steelband activities can then be shared with the steelbands , since it would be obvious they have earned it.

The steelbands , even with exemplary leadership , cannot solve these issues by themselves.

The problem is us.

All of us , not just pan people.

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Comment by patrick on June 9, 2018 at 6:54am

I disagree, there are thousands of trinis who always do great to support pan, always. The biggest issue for the past 10years is crime. Next, Trinis cannot manage anything and it's a fact. Pantrinbago is no different, and will always be run like the present or past governments. If oil is selling for $100.00 + a barrel, trinis will get something from the oil taxes, government will then give the panman a 'small change' and he/she will be happy like pappy. Don't hold you breadth, we may see the swimming pool again on the greens for panorama semi-finals.

Comment by Cecil hinkson on June 7, 2018 at 1:46am

You said it all Glenroy, nice post.

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