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BOOK REVIEW: The Illustrated Story of Pan, Second Edition by Kim Johnson

Posted by Nigel Campbell on June 25, 2021 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

There is this thing about books on the steelpan and the steelband movement. They are sometimes large books with plenty words. There are not that many books though; certainly, less illustrated coffee-table sized books have been written on the steelpan than on the electric guitar for instance, or the piano The thing is, Kim…


Music notation:

Posted by Ronald Benjamin on June 15, 2021 at 2:55pm 3 Comments

Dear pan community, during the ninth century, Guido d’Arezzo invented western music notation. In the twentieth century, Trinidad and Tobago invented the steel pan. Western music notation took hundreds of years to arrive where it is today. Brass and combo bands read music notation to accompany calypsonians. Philharmonic orchestras read music notations when performing in concerts. Police and military bands read music notation in march parades. Many steel orchestra…


The passing of a Matriarch and steelpan activist

Posted by Salah Wilson on May 2, 2021 at 1:35pm 0 Comments

Today, in this Holy Month of Ramadan. The Most Merciful Allah has called back his servant my mother (Iris Wilson). She was 102 years, having given a long innings. We are grateful. I consider my mother a steelpan activist as she was instrumental in having her yard used as a "panyard" for the original Flamingoes in the village. She was the Matriach of the famiy. (RIP Ummi)


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