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Pan not being properly marketed

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Henry Ford developed the automobile (or the motorcar as it was called in those days) and America virtually lived off the export of Ford cars to different parts of the world. In fact, at one time it was alleged that 90 per cent of all the cars in the world were Fords. In my opinion, Trinidad also has a wonderful discovery that has not been properly marketed and appreciated—the steel pan. When I left here in 1945 to go to university overseas, the steel pan did not exist.

We were beating bamboo, bottle and spoon, a grater and old car rims, which represented the steel of the steel pan. Four and a half years later when I returned home, it was the first time I heard the playing of a pan. This ingenious creativity was developed from old oil drums which, in those days, could be purchased for one or two dollars.

Every time an athletic team goes overseas to represent T&T, a steelband should accompany the team. Instead, it is disheartening to learn that even today the pan is not cherished and supported like it should be, despite the fact that we could find US$1 million to buy pianos.

Steve Bennett
Curepe

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