Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July to all our steelpan players and supporters in the United States. It's a great day to celebrate your country.

Speaking of celebrating, I'm celebrating that we have a new Director of Sales and Marketing, Marlene, based in New York. Marlene is a jewelry and fashion industry veteran, who happens to be from the Caribbean, so she is quite familiar with steelband music. so we are excitedly looking forward to Marlene driving our sales outreach and marketing campaigns in the times ahead. We're still looking for a Product Development Director with experience in jewelry and fashion product development.

We were also celebrating in New York two weeks ago at the Father's day Panjazz event at Jazz at Lincoln Center. And I was on hand to give a gift of steelpan cufflinks to Caribbean theater and film artist extraordinaire, Geoffrey Holder. The first person to introduce the steelpan to Broadway in 1954 and the first black to win a Tony Award for best director and best costume for his role in The Wiz, Holder was a most fitting recipient for the Panjazz Lifetime Achievement Award.

This month, we're strengthening our social media and online outreach to connect with all those people online, whether on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or LinkedIn, who have an interest in the music and culture of the steelpan, and who are looking for jewelry or accessories to express this interest. So if you are on one of these networks, be sure to search for Liz Mannette and add as a friend, or follow. And if you have any ideas or suggestions for us, please send me an email at

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