TT – Massy Trinidad All Stars views the snub of pan on the Island Beats concert as “a slap in the face,” especially in Pan Month.
The concert lowers the curtain on Carifesta XIV on August 24 and is intended to be a major highlight of the regional arts festival.
In a release issued on Tuesday, after Newsday’s story that day, Pan Trinbago Vex with Culture Minister, All Stars – one of the country’s top steelbands – said August is a month for patriotism in TT, and this August is even more auspicious.
“In addition to celebrating Independence, TT will welcome the nations of the Caribbean Festival of Arts – all the arts.
“While we are entertained by music, dance, art, the written word and film, we must ask where, in the midst of the celebration, is pan?”
The band said the steelband was born in TT out of strife and struggle, is now the internationally-recognised instrument of TT and has been adopted across the Caribbean and the world at large.
For each of the 85 years of Trinidad All Stars’ existence, it said, the band has aimed for excellence.