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Published on February 16th, 2014 | by Verdel Bishop - TT Newsday Newspapers

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PAN SHAME

 

Steelband arrangers blast Panorama pool party: Disrespect for the national instrument

Pan Splash, a new feature added to The Greens by Pan Trinbago for Sunday’s Panorama semi-finals, has been criticised by members of the pan fraternity as a blow and a blatant disrespect to the national instrument and the Panorama competition.  Steelband arrangers yesterday spoke out against the introduction of the pool party at the pan semis to be held at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, this weekend. Arranger for defending Panorama champions Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, said Pan Trinbago should be ashamed. “This is our national instrument and a national competition and you want to keep a pool party? This has nothing to do with the steelpan. Panorama is our biggest time of the year. This pool party will take people away from the Panorama. It should be kept on a separate day and kept away from Panorama. A pan man who really loves pan and really respects you wouldn’t stand for that. All pan men should not stand for this. This is disrespect to all of us,” Boogsie said.

Valley Harps arranger Michelle Huggins said she found the idea humorous. “I find that so very humorous. I am in disagreement with it because it is a musical event and a pool has no place there. It is not linked to the pan competition and it could become very ugly. This could also encourage people to become unsupportive of the art form and lose focus.  PCS Silver Stars assistant manager, Chanel Pouchet , also called Pan Trinbago’s move disrespectful. “I just feel that it is a little sad that this is what Panorama has reached to and I think it is disrespectful to the bands involved. The governing body is supposed to represent us. People are not going to be interested in what is happening on stage and it is unfair to the competition and it is sad that we have to put up with that. I understand that they are trying to attract a different audience to the event but I don’t think that a pool party in pan semifinals is the right thing and it is unfair that we have to put up with that,” Pouchet said.

Arranger Pelham Goddard also spoke against the pool party. “That is a big distraction from the main event. This is Panorama and it should have Panorama alone. They should be thinking to promote Panorama and if they have to depend on another event to prosper or to boost Panorama that is bad, that is very bad. Every year they are coming with something ridiculous. That event would not attract anyone interested in Panorama,” Goddard said.

 

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