NCF pulls in record numbers at Sunday pan event
Brandon’s was transformed into the equivalent of Brazil’s Copa Beach, as the largest crowd the annual Pan Pun De Sand has arguably seen since its inception descended on the shoreside.
The event brought the curtain down on what was truly a “pantastic weekend”, but not before hundreds of pan lovers and football fans watched one of the most exciting and gripping World Cup football matches in the history of the game –– Germany’s nail-biting win over Argentina by one goal in the last few minutes of extra time.
This was the latest innovation the organizer of the event, the National Cultural Foundation, had put in place to circumvent any fallout from the musical event being held on the same day as the FIFA football finals.
Official estimates, before the close, had put the crowd at over 8,000, who had come to catch the game and take in the sweet sounds of rubber mallets beating on steel, with bits of percussion added in.
And it was pan, sweet pan, mixed in with the fare from the various food and drink vendors, as the crowd soaked in the sunshine and caught up with the sounds of the Central Bank Band Camp, Play As You Go and the SKF steel bands.
Soon it would be time for the big guns –– Olakunde, Mosiac and, out of Trinidad and Tobago, Massy Allstars –– who thrilled many, including group CEO of Massy –– sponsors of the event –– Gervais Warner, into the night, from the massive two stages set up to facilitate the seamless transition throughout the show.
And among the singers on the night were Mikey, RPBag and Imani, who brought the curtain down on a truly pantastic event.