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Would pan die in Trinidad if there was no Panorama

Please convince me that the steeldrum can flourish without Panorama.

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Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on June 8, 2010 at 1:10pm
Your point is well taken, Eustace, however you have it a little backwards. It wasn't the lack of panorama in 1979 that caused the problem.
It was no pan on the road.
The DJ's on the trucks already had their foot in the door, and with no pan on the road the door was wide open and the DJ's took over. It will take a major effort by the steelbands to reclaim some of the power they had on the road at Carnival time prior to 1979.
I hope other steelband organizations don't make similar mistakes.

The Trinidad steelbands made their point, but at what cost?
Comment by Sweet Eustace on June 8, 2010 at 3:14am
massai the question of competiton was not asked
Comment by Sweet Eustace on June 8, 2010 at 3:12am
that question answered itself in 1979 when there was no panorama, the true effects are seen when bands drop out of panorama, where is pandemonium, casablanca, cavaliers, pan am north stars, west stars,savoys, syncopaters, city symphony free french, hillside, just to name a few, Nutones dropped out and a few years later won the panorama, but that was an exception,we had a band in Plaisance never went panorama or any competition and had at one time 11 tenor players and about 40 members, that again is an exception, pan got kicked out of carnival when DJs got involved and brass bands started to ride trucks,it will not die but will be badly wounded a lot of bands will though, the othere big question should be if it can survive without competition, I think the competition aspect is retarding its growth
Comment by masai hall on March 6, 2010 at 11:30pm
Once again repeat after me. Competition does nothing to improve pan music. The emphasis on competition only stiffles creativity and innovation. Just give dem "permission to showcase de pan."
Comment by Helen Judith Kelshall on March 6, 2010 at 7:07am
My humble opinion, is that pan will never die. But I think that the constant concentration on Panorama to the detriment of everything else is hindering the progression of pan.
Comment by Anthony Bridgeman on March 5, 2010 at 2:10pm
Though they are culturally fused, because of our culture ,its to vast to fall even without panorama,because panorama is just part of a whole base,that base being the steeldrum,ther are to many followers for its demise.
Comment by Carlton E. Munroe on March 5, 2010 at 1:37pm
Pan would not die but would definetly be wounded. Pan and Pan players will neaver die. For their not to be a Pan-A-Rama in T'dad
is like saying there is no almighty. Scores of deceased pan players would be turning over in there GRAVES. Curly!
Comment by Dika on March 5, 2010 at 1:35pm
Pan would not die without Panorama in Trinidad, but it take on a very different look and approach.
Comment by Ken Greene on March 5, 2010 at 10:29am
I am almost convinced. What would happen to the surplus of Panmen of which 70% do not own an instrument.
can't see many owning a 9 bass. A lil teaser, The focus of the steeldrum arrangers and performers is solidly geared
towards Panorama and competitions as a whole, yet the steeldrum is more often heard in a different environment.
Do not be mistaken, I am a true pan lover too but concerned.
Comment by VALENTINE YOUNG on March 5, 2010 at 7:38am
Steelbands or steelpans wont die if there is no Panorama. The steelbands may become very sick, but they definitely wont die. Steelbands has been in existence before Panorama was even thought of. Panorama has played an important part in showcasing the skills and dexterity of the the panmen and women and should be given credit for exposing the steelbands to the world. Many Countries who has adopted the steelpan as a new instrument dont even have a Panorama, and yet they function vibrantly. I believe as long as the youths of the Nation continue to love the pan as they do now, steelbands will live on forever. Long 'Live the Sweet steelpan.'

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