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The Steelpan Gig That Potentially Pays $2K Per Week (Which Most Pannists Are Proud To Turn Up Their Noses At)

Author: Rudy Kendall

Out of the tens of thousands of active pannists around the world, only a tiny percentage of such pannists are able to earn a living strictly from steelpan performances alone. In fact, regardless of the instrument involved, most musicians find it extremely challenging to line up sufficient gigs to make a living. Hence the reason why many musicians have day jobs and do not bother with making the difficult but necessary sacrifices needed in order to make a career out of musical performances whether on the paid stage or on the stages of the public spaces of the world.  The...

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Once Steelpan Ceases To Be Associated With Carnival There Will Be a Clean Slate to Start Anew Apart from the Bacchanal

Author: Rudy Kendall

The fiasco currently surrounding PanTrinbago and the National Carnival Commission (NCC) has unquestionably served to negatively impact the global perception of the state of steelpan affairs in the Mecca. The sobering news of Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 2016 pannists going unpaid until this very day, coupled with the recent media storm which has steadily been brewing around Keith Diaz (President of PanTrinbago) for the past couple of months presents some interesting questions. One interesting question which is a nice segue into the heart of this article is; ''Is it likely that Caribbean carnivals (especially T&T carnival) are more of a...

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Ivory Tower Dwelling Academics Who Hustle Pan Raise the Bar of Cultural Theft in the Global Scam

Author: Rudy Kendall

An interesting and very telling uproar has developed recently in the online steelpan community surrounding some very unbecoming remarks made by Kristian Paradis (Director of the University of Delaware Steelband) in response to Freddy Harris III tagging him in a post. Mr. Paradis was promptly rebuked by many in the online steelpan community and was forced to issue a public apology. Although Mr. Paradis may have apologized in order to save face, it does not appear likely that his steelpan checks will start bouncing anytime soon (unlike the many Trinidad Panorama 2016 performers) since the University of Delaware employs him...

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The National Carnival Commission's 666 Subliminal Logo is Representative of How Low They Go While Promoting the Devil's Feast of Carnival

Author: Rudy Kendall

With this being our first article of the Gregorian new year, it is quite appropriate that we shift into a new gear. With the Handpan Mafia in full retreat mode and no further Satanic Handpan subjects in sight as of the moment, we would like to turn our wide steelpan spectacles towards the Mecca in order to make some sense out of all of the madness and scandal surrounding PanTrinbago and the fact that thousands of pannists who performed in Panorama 2016 have yet to be paid checks that will not bounce. Although the individual performance fees only amount to...

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High Profile Handpan Propagandists Who Promote and Perpetuate the PANArt Myth that the Hang is a New Instrument

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Over the course of the past seven months, KaribPAN has been on the cutting edge of the totally new and innovative niche of alternative steelpan news, and a siginificant portion of our news has focused on the culture and cults surrounding the handpan instrument. In fact, we have essentially single handedly created this niche in question and subsequently, we are Pan pioneers in the sense that through our blog we have provided a truthful, reality based, alternative handpan information source. A large portion of our pioneering handpan truth movement has been focused towards providing an accurate historical record of the...

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