Instrument of rebellion, the steel pans of Trinidad and Tobago, have history in each note
Born as an instrument of rebellion, the steel pans of Trinidad and Tobago, have history in each note
Are yuh ready to wuk dat waist an bumper (butt)?’, said my Trinidadian guide Cheri-ann Pascall, in her sexy, sing-a-song Trini accent. Cheri-ann, together with our driver, was taking me to a pan yard, to catch a practice session of the Trinidad All Stars, a steel band, as they honed their skills beating down on the country’s national instrument.
The community centre, which held the pan yard, could be mistaken for a large parking lot, except for a tin shed within the grounds, from where a festive cacophony emanated. Inside was a band of 25-odd people, men and…
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