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Pan writers/singers must ‘eat ah Carnival food’ too!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

As a true blue “culture man” with over 50 years under my hat, I am disgusted with the disrespect pan writers are facing, not only on the airwaves with meagre airplay, but many do not recoup their outlay for providing songs/music for the Carnival, Panorama to be exact.

A production could cost as much as $6000, even more. Many pan writers have thrown in the towel. I say kudos to deejays who give pan writers and their songs “ah play” on local radio. They know themselves.

Thanks! At times I am tempted to think a pan writer/singer gets no love in his own homeland, as he watches Jamaican writers and singers dominate the air waves. I am all for Caricom, but there must be equity.

However, I am calling on “Mr Dollar Wine” Colin Lucas, a former winner (the classic Pan Is Mine) of Pan Song Competition so pan writers/singers could “eat ah food”. He must find a way to revive the Pan Song Competition for Carnival 2018 with proper marketing and sponsorship. It can be done! Why is it other shows are doing well, and the pan writer/singer is sitting on the sidelines like a mangy dog?

Every year carnivalists jump and wine to pan writers songs, but at the end of the day pan writers walk away empty-handed, with only fame and name. Over the years the competition has been dead as a doornail.

Maybe, pan writer, musician, former bandleader, Colin, who is affable and popular like hops and ham, can jog the brains of pan writers and their singers, TUCO and Pan Trinbago.

When last I checked, there are over 1000 “pan songs” (and climbing) composed since Kitchie’s (Aldwyn Roberts) “Steelband Music” in 1936 to Dr Supie (Andrew Marcarno) “The Road” in 2017. Holy Moses!

Almost 50 years of compositions to celebrate the pan and events associated with it!

There are so many sweet pan melodies from pan writers, calypso bards: Anthony Williams, Kitchie, Sparrow, Terror, De Fosto, Shadow, Stamone, Black Stalin, Earl “Barney” Rodney, Lennox “Bobby”Mohammed, Bro Valentino, Colin Lucas,

Superblue, Ellsworth James, Crazy, Merchant, Duke, Pelham Goddard, David Rudder, Ray Holman, Alvin Daniel, Gregory Ballantyne, Larry Harewood, the late Edwin Pouchet, Ken “Professor” Philmore, Jason “Peanuts” Isaac, Dennis Smith, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, Ray “Sugar Ray” Holman, Robert “Sugar Hand” Greenidge, William Ballantyne, Mark louquan, Seion Gomes, Liam Teague, Yohan Chuckaree, Clive Telemaque, and many others.

Mr “Dollar Wine”, the ball is in your court.



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