Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey-Moore says after going two years without Panorama, the first pan concert following the pandemic has brought a sense of relief in the steelpan community even though they had not received an allocation as yet.
She was speaking to reporters during a break in the steelband concert Pan in D Sancoche hosted by Pan Trinbago in conjunction with the National Carnival Commission’s (NCC) A Taste of Carnival, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday, with 15 single pan and 13 small bands from all around T&T giving it their all.
Ramsey-Moore said “It has brought a sense of relief in the steelpan community. It’s two years we’ve not been able to perform for the general public and the world.
“So when the Government decided to give A Taste of Carnival, we mobilised the base and had 83 bands registered.
“We’ve been going throughout the length and breadth of Trinidad to do the auditions.
“This evening’s first show is amazing, without one cent because we’ve not been given an allocation as yet.”
She said the bands had put out their best; they played their hearts out, immaculately dressed in their uniforms and that was the resilient spirit of the steelband movement.
Ramsey-Moore said the pan players missed Panorama, however, because of the pandemic saving lies was the organisation’s priority.
She explained that they were not having a competition, per se, because they didn’t want to dilute Panorama, it was a big event, like the equivalent of the World Cup and they were going to give an excellent taste of pan sancoche.
Ramsey-Moore said that for her and the bands this was a much-appreaciated move and they were looking forward to the “Musical Showdown in De Big Yard’’ featuring large and medium bands on February 26 at the Queen’s Park Savannah.