Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 27th 2016 Contents Quietly, unobtrusively, pri-
mary and secondary
schools students have been
participating in this year s Music
Festival at the Queens Hall, con-
tinuing a tradition going back
over 50 years.
It must be a reassuring indica-
tion that there are aspects of life
and society here in T&T which
are good and wholesome and
they continue to be so notwith-
standing whatever else is hap-
pening. It is also very comforting
that the participants in the festi-
val are the youth of the society---
the organisers have registered
4,000 student participants---that
is an indication of continuity and
the re-assurance that the vast
majority of young people are
indeed productive and not given
to wanton deviant behaviours.
For decades the music festival,
a biennial event, has been pro-
viding students with an opportu-
nity to display their musical tal-
ents. The fact is that many who
have participated in the festival
have gone on to develop and
engage their talents in profes-
But even for those who do not
follow musical careers, the festi-
val has allowed them a stage to
perform on; for many it would
remain as the only national stage
they would have performed on; a
fact they can boast about to
As an intrinsic element of par-
ticipation by young people in
exercising their musical talents,
the festival is surely a source of
having fun and for them to enjoy
the company of their peers.
Camaraderie and rivalry have
flowed out of the festivals. Stu-
dents from far and near meet on
common ground and learn to
appreciate the gifts held by each
other, learn to understand that
people from north, south, east
and west breathe the same air,
have similar ambitions and
notwithstanding social class and
ethnic differences, they are all
nationals of this place called
Trinidad and Tobago.
This latter realisation is some-
thing that is forgotten when the
contest involves power, status
and other things which divide
rather than bring peoples of the
The musical festival has so
obviously contributed in no small
measure to the musical education
and appreciation that nationals
have in abundant supply.
It also provides a forum for
discipline and the requirement
for research and practice of
musical talent. And notwith-
standing the fact that the vast
majority of players of the
national instrument, the steel
pan, continues to show to the
world the wonderful ear and eye
they have for learning without
being able to formally read
music, the music festival creates
the opportunity and incentive for
young people to formalise their
musical education. No doubt
teachers take on much of the
responsibility to train and
encourage their students and
much of that work happens out-
side of the curriculum.
Recognition must also come
for the generations of organisers,
teachers and others who have
made the festival possible. The
vast majority of the organisers
are people who have been work-
ing for the love of it and have
not expected and received any
financial reward for their efforts.
And while the said organisers
are always short of the quantum
of financial resources required to
put on the festival (it is said to
require $1 million this year) cer-
tain corporate sponsors and the
Ministry of Culture have
advanced revenue to underwrite
this year s festival.
It is now left to other corpo-
rate bodies to get involved to
sponsor quality engagement by
young people. It is settled
research that the playing and
appreciation of music enhance
the capacity for academic work
so the festival contributes to
Youths show the best of T&T
It is now left to other corporate bodies to get involved to sponsor quality
engagement by young people. It is settled research that the playing and
appreciation of music enhance the capacity for academic work so the festival
contributes to both disciplines.
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Complaints? No, no. It entertained
the voters, just like you said. The
debates---we've never seen such
Turnout has been through the roof! It
was everything you promised when we
signed the contract at midnight and
poured a little of our blood into the vial.
Only I---listen---you have to tell me
how to make it stop.
It won't go away. I keep clicking "X"
on the little box to make it leave but it
doesn't do anything.
Where's the off switch? You must
Is it under the hair? We had an
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hair right as he was about to go out
onto the debate stage before Iowa, but
that was the one debate where he
didn't show up.
We've tried everything. We've tried
pointing out that he doesn't actually
seem to understand policy.
But people seem genuinely excited
by the prospect of a candidate who
won't bore them with details of policy.
We've tried looping him six times in a
silver chain and exposing him to the
light of the morning. Nothing.
We've tried saying that the voters he
excites are sad and disenfranchised
and poorly educated and racist.
He said he could shoot someone in
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starting to be terrified that he is right.
Should we try to encourage him to do
just that? Would that work?
I don't care what I have to do. I will
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