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In the Grand Stand on Sunday,
all day long, the muffled thump of
dance music and soca was heard
in the distance from the Greens.
In between steelband performanc-
es it was clear a fete was happening
in the white corporate tents where
young men and women were lim-
ing, part of the "new demographic"
that the vice president of Pan Trin-
bago, Byron Serrette, feels the
Greens are bringing to Panorama.
While the bands played, all that
could be heard was sweet sound of
the All Stars, Phase II, Desperadoes
et al. The distant noise and the
drunken clamour of the North Stand
were totally drowned out. But Len
"Boogsie" Sharpe, who has publicly
spoken out against the greens, was
not impressed. Before Phase II began
their tune he wanted silence. Drag-
ging the moment out he waited,
refusing to play, whilst the announc-
er s voice echoed around the Savan-
"We appeal to our friends, the
party people in the Greens and the
North Stand. Please turn down your
party systems. We would like to
continue the competition. We are
still hearing the loud sound systems,
please turn them down," he politely
beseeched the limers.
But the systems continued and
so did the North Stand rhythm sec-
tions. Eventually Phase II played
and their performance passed with
no further incident. It created mild
bacchanal, but for the elders in the
Grand Stand it seemed to add to
"If the younger ones feel it is
more important to come and have
a good time, networking and under-
standing the flavour of Carnival,
then the Greens over there brings
a bit more justice to a holistic event,"
said Steve Chandler. He suggested
the Greens could be more pan-relat-
ed, but, he said, the stands are too
small to take the numbers the semi-
finals attract, so the extended
Greens are a welcome addition.
Former tenor pan player, Dennis
Andres wandering on the drag, said
of the Greens: "Of course it s ok.
They can enjoy themselves and let
all their stress go. It s good."
He went on to dispel the myth
of pan as somehow sacred.
"I played pan for over 40 years.
I was in Silver Stars from 1958 until
the 1990s. I started off with a band
called Belmont Modernaires in 1952.
My parents wanted to put me out
because they figured it was a bad-
john thing and the wrong people
were involved with pan and I
shouldn t be among them. They
thought I was trying to disgrace
them. That s how it was then. I had
to hide to play. It s not like now,
where you can bring families."
At the stage exit, Hakim Williams
of T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps,
playing in his seventh pan semis,
told the T&T Guardian, "We don t
hear the rhythm section when we re
playing, or the Greens, at all. We
hear nothing except us."
Flagwoman Shenelle Edwards,
also of Tropical Angel Harps, could
hear the rhythm section, but not
the Greens. It didn t put her off,
"We kept our focus."
Inside the Grand Stand, Serrette
said, "The organisation, PanTrin-
bago, is looking at new ways of
doing things. We can t be doing the
same thing the same way all the
time. We have to make ourselves
as self-sufficient as possible. We
have to take care of steelpan at home
and abroad in any way we can.
"Some people may not agree.
Some people are happy that the same
thing goes on until they die. But I
am not into that. Steelpan came
about by somebody knocking a dust-
bin. How many drums were
destroyed in trying to get something?
You keep trying until you get it."
The Greens date back to 2007,
Serrette points out, when the stand
on the Savannah had been knocked
down. To attract people, CEO
Clarence Moe suggested anybody
buying 100 tickets would be given
a tent. "And that was the birth of
the Greens." CONTINUES ON A30
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"The organisation, PanTrinbago, is looking at new ways of doing
things. We can't be doing the same thing the same way all the time.
We have to make ourselves as self-sufficient as possible. We have to
take care of steelpan at home and abroad in any way we can."
PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO, BYRON SERRETTE
Drake has apologised to Rolling Stone for
ranting on Twitter when the magazine re-
placed him with Philip Seymour Hoffman on
the latest cover.
Drake said: "I'm done doing interviews for
The cover features the late Phillip Seymour
Hoffman, who was found dead this month
from an apparent drug overdose.
Drake has since deleted the tweets and is-
sued an apology on his website.
Drake tweeted that not only was he sup-
posed to have the Rolling Stone cover, but the
publication printed a quote that he called in-
"I never commented on (Kanye West's)
Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling
Stone," Drake initially posted on Thursday.
"They also took my cover from me last minute
and ran the issue. I'm disgusted with that. RIP
to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due.
But the press is evil. I'm done doing interviews
for magazines. I just want to give my music to
the people. That's the only way my message
gets across accurately."
However on Friday, Drake issued a state-
ment to explain his comments saying "I com-
pletely support and agree with Rolling Stone
replacing me on the cover with the legendary
Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the
most incredible actors of our time and a man
that deserves to be immortalised by this publi-
The rapper goes on to say that if given the
choice by Rolling Stone he would have pre-
ferred to have postponed his cover. (BBC)
Drake apologises to Rolling Stone for Twitter rant
You can't have a Panorama lime without the
iron men! One of the rhythm sections that
played in the North Stand throughout the
Panorama semi-finals on Sunday at the Queens
Park Savannah. PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
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