Michael Cooper with steelpans

Pan’s Global Ambition Hits Pause: Export Flagship In Choppy Waters

As the news went viral and the ripple of shock rose to a crescendo of outrage, embarrassment and recrimination, Michael Cooper sent out a WhatsApp message: “Well… well……
Panland's miniature pans

Controversial Pan Patent Lapses

The US steelpan patent that rocked Trinidad and Tobago 20 years ago has lapsed on “fee-related” grounds and the patent is now listed for official expiration on June…
Siparia Deltones get ready to play

Steelband Sponsorship: Security Vs Dependency

Sponsorship’s double-edged sword cut deeply when 15 steelbands abruptly lost their sponsorship and grants following the closure of state-owned Petrotrin. The impact of the sudden loss of a…

In Numbers: Curepe Scherzando’s Budget Crunch

With its last cent already spent even before the judges arrive, Curepe Scherzando is down to figuring out where to find the next $5,000 to pay for T-shirts…

Pan In A Vice

With a mere 15 percent of the 147 bands registered for Panorama 2019 having the financial support of a title sponsor, guava season economic conditions are hitting the…