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Published on February 16th, 2014 | by Peter Ray Blood Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

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Pan Splash brings ‘Boogsie’ to tears: ‘Nobody cares about steelpan’

Panmen yesterday knocked PanTrinbago’s decision to allow Pan Splash at Sunday’s National Panorama semi-finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, saying it was disrespectful to the movement and the culture. Leading the charge was arranger of defending conventional large band champions Phase II Pan Groove Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, who admitted he was brought to tears when he learned of the initiative which would see a pool being added to the attractions at The Greens. Giving the idea a thumbs down, Sharpe said: “What is Pan Trinbago doing to the national instrument of T&T? “They can’t be pan people? Can you imagine this? A national competition is going on and you want to have a pool party at the same time?

Nobody cares about the national instrument. This pool idea is total disrespect. There is no where in the world, in any competition, that will go on.” He added that he was not supportive of the idea of The Greens, an initiative started by Pan Trinbago to bring extra income when it was implemented. “In the first place, there should be no Greens in Panorama. Why can’t Pan Trinbago do this as a separate event, at another time of the year,” he said “Instead, create something positive in pan to interest and attract more young people. There are several young people who are qualified in business who can run pan affairs better than those in power right now.”

He added: “This thing hurts me more than words can express. People might think I have some kind of personal vendetta against Pan Trinbago but this is not so. My only interest is the growth and development of pan, at home and worldwide.” In its continued quest to attract young people to the Panorama competition, Pan Trinbago introduced Pan Splash. It will feature a 70-foot pool, outfitted with lifeguards and tight security, alongside the party tents feature which was initially the main draw to The Greens. Speaking about the initiative earlier this week, Pan Trinbago vice-president Bryon Serrette said: “Pan Splash is a new experiment Pan Trinbago is trying this year. “The pool is an experiment to see how aqua activity can be introduced in the day as a new attraction to the event. The Greens is something that Pan Trinbago has developed and has the potential for so much more. “This year we are responsible for all the infrastructure at The Greens and there is some infrastructure that we would like to use beyond using the venue for just one day for Panorama. We have a lot of ideas of how we can use that space up to the weekend after Carnival.”

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