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My First Pilgrimage to the Mecca of Pan - Entry 2

Posted by Eric Mannweiler on January 18, 2011 at 3:29 p.m.

Trinidad & Tobago - Hello to everyone in When Steel Talks,

Panorama 2011I drove by Phase II panyard and Desperadoes temporary panyard in town. I don't know as much about Phase II's history, other than they have been a heavy hitter since at least the mid 80's. Despers is obviously a band with a great history, and I would love to meet Bevery Griffith. I would really appreciate the opportunity to talk about history with both bands!

I suppose while I am on WST I should give another report.

Last night I had my second taste of Calaloo and Salt Fish, and my first taste of Coocoo. I have to say, Trini food is tremendous! I have asked the woman I am staying with to teach me to cook, so I can present some of my favorite dishes to my family and friends when I go back. Thus far I've loved everything I've had, so I don't know how to choose!

Eric I spent a lot of my day yesterday talking to people that I will be meeting up with this week. I am very excited to talk with Mr. Keith Byer (ex VP of Pan Trinbago, now head of Diatonic Pan Institute) about his organization coming to Indiana this summer (and pan history, pan association talk, etc.)

I also met with Kenneth Clarke, who was with North Stars when they won the first Panorama and played in the band when they won the second... He has focused on percussion, and has played with tons of bands, and knows a lot of history. I'm VERY excited to be connected with this guy as he has come very highly recommended, and already our history talks have been really rewarding. Here's the crazy part... he's going to introduce me to Anthony Williams! I told him I didn't know what I would say to him that he hasn't heard a million times before. He told me Anthony was his mentor and insisted that when the time comes I will improvise. I am adding a name to my list of people I will be a little star struck by...

Desperadoes Steel Orchestra's Panyard
Desperadoes Steel Orchestra's Panyard

I briefly met Mr. Keith Diaz, who was making rounds to various yards. I don't want to get involved in a political debate on the man or Pan Trinbago. I was trying to find out what Pan Trinbago does besides hosting events, (ie. day to day work), and didn't really get a very good answer. He invited me to drop by the office some afternoon to talk. Again, this isn't a criticism, but I figured Mr. Diaz would have been passing around the petition for people to sign. Anyway, this is a dangerous topic, so I will drop it here.

I have more meetings coming up this week, and I am very excited to get to my research and networking aspect of this trip. I have a pan community back home that can use a lot of help, so I'm here to work!

Life for Pan

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