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sung by Salmon Cupid
composed by Salmon Cupid & Pat Mc Neilly (Pan Man Pat)
pan by Mark Mosca
produced by David Neil
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See them in
their fancy motor car
Air condition smoking big cigar
If we don't get we money
Let them wait and see
It go be Drama
It's no Panorama
When the Bands should play
Check out the Savannah
There'll be no Panorama
be your lasting legacy
Pan in schools for every Trini
Forget 'bout d Recorder, that so out of order
Tell me Mr. "D"
What will the future be?
did not wait to miss a beat
Join up with the union on the Street
It's the culture of Trinidad
Why they treating it so bad?
Send back the motor car
Gih we we Kakadar
- We want transparency
No Panorama - They trying to outsmart we
No Panorama - Fooling we with small money
No Panorama - No accountability
Is the culture of Trinbago
Let them drive their motor car
But gih we we Kakadar
No Panorama (x4)
No Panorama (x4)
When asked why a pan-tune so late-in-the-game about, of all things - “No Panorama” Salmon explained that it happened now for a multitude of reasons, including limited resources with the constraints of time and finance. But expanded, as a panist, pan-teacher and pan-innovator, he has always had a pan-song bubbling in his heart, body, mind and soul. With the controversy heating up, he felt a need to "try-a-ting" and enter the fray.
The use of young voices symbolizes the youth crying out for our attention. The use of the pan symbolizes the Panorama Fever if there's No Panorama. No Panorama is meant to seize the public's attention and with carpe diem, we want more accountability and transparency. Get rid of the recorder and put pan in schools. We want responsible leadership, we want pan men and women to get paid for their efforts. To get their attention we had to do just like the media put a headline "No Panorama"! I write this song for people to listen to the underlying message. "Pay de pan workers their cacada money and let we get on before by idle intention, we don't by default, wither we Panorama. Oh lorse, enough with the chupidness, we have a 50-year history of Panorama, and the Steelpan Movement pleading to move we ting forward. Enough is enough."
For as he says, throughout our nation's history, "we culture" of steelpan and calypso has walked hand-in-hand, especially at carnival time. Recent ongoing events has made him concerned because in retrospect, the more things seem to change, the more it appears to remain the same.
The last time problems remained pervasive, it led to a boycott by the steelbands (circa 1979). Over the years since then, many others have called for similar boycotts to stem the usual tide. But here we are heading to yet another Panorama 2017 with the same-old~same-old pervasive problems and commess ever-present and ubiquitously in tow.
His sense this time, is for the straw that broke the camel's back to provoke this round of energized protests triggered by the mysterious and controversial motor-car matter, along with the strains-and-pains of poorly accounted and lavish over-spending.
Having been intimately involved with pan over the years, he is no neophyte to the art and is keenly aware of performing at gigs, including Panorama, experiencing first-hand where payments come late. But to repeatedly get paid a year late for work performed the previous year, that is disrespectful and unnecessary. So the call for changes are necessarily needed, including what Boogsie and the Ghost has called for, a Steelband Union, which is long overdue and may yet put the dynamics in play to right the course.
So with Lord Kitchener's ‘No Pan’ to inspire him, he gathered together his forces with family and friends in the Tdot/6 steelpan community as he decidedly goes-for-it. He submits his composition of social commentary on the topic-du-jour in fraternal collaboration with Pat McNeilly. We invite all to listen and enjoy.
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