Booster Shot: No More Competitive Pan at Crop Over

>> Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cuts. Cuts. Cuts... Sadly, steelpan will not be a competitive arena at 2009 Barbados Crop Overdue to what appears to be a lack of respect for the nation's local talent.

I found this article in this morning's Barbados Advocate. Still shaking my head. Thought you may like it...

Just Say it: When will we start to value other artforms?
THE National Cultural Foundation (NCF) met earlier this year with steelbands of Barbados and discussed the rules of the impending steelband competition to be held during the Crop Over Festival 2009. Subsequent to this meeting they corresponded with the leaders of the bands and informed them of the details of the competition – prizes, date, time, venue, etc.

Players obviously began to prepare by paying an arranger and having regular rehearsal. It was therefore a surprise when we heard by a chance conversation that the event has been cancelled.
For the full story, click here!

Give it a read, and leave your "2 Cents" below...

Love and Soca,

Nurse Karen

3 x 2 cents (comment, nuh!):

Rochelle K. Noel June 23, 2009 at 9:48 AM  

das real sad maybe de pan groups in BIM should follow and have a "Pan Fiesta" like what will be happening in St.Lucia.

Jdid June 24, 2009 at 11:03 AM  

boooo! funny cause I was saying the other day that would be one good reason I would go back to Crop Over soon to see how the pan scene going.

(Nurse) Karen June 24, 2009 at 11:27 AM  

I don't believe the NCF's lack of vision will be enough to out the fire in the local pan community. I'm hearing about a privately promoted pan competition...will hopefully be posting some info on that soon.


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