Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “Conversations with the Pioneers” is the historical component in Pan Trinbago’s Pan Month calendar of events marking the anniversary of the declaration of the steelpan as the national music instrument of Trinidad & Tobago.
The forum takes place on Thursday August 29, at the Trinidad All StarsPan Yard, Duke Street, Port of Span from 6:00 p.m.
Pan elders and historians will share their experiences. Among these are: Dr. Pearl Eintou Springer, internationally-renowned poet, playwright and cultural activist, Lennox “Bobby” Mohammed, steelpan legend and arranger of Guinness Cavaliers, and Emlyn Harewood, a member of the first National Steel Orchestra. As part of the “conversation,” Ray Funk, a retired Alaskan trial judge, author has provided recorded film clips and interviews, “A Celebration of Pioneers” who have passed away. The film clips were part of Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival at Carifesta XIV.
He explains this latest program is his desire to let the audience hear and see these pioneers – Drs. Ellie Mannette, Jit Samaroo, Cliff Alexis, Pat Bishop, Kim Loy Wong, Clive Bradley and Ken “Professor” Philmore.
Adding: “I want to let the history of pan unfold from the voices of the icons who have contributed to its history.”
Another contributor is Oba Kiteme, President of the Success Laventille Networking Committee (SCNC), who will mount his exhibition which will feature artifacts, literature, wood carvings and steelpans. He will make an oral contribution on the ancestors.
Providing a lighter side of the forum and in keeping with the theme, is a cultural display put on by The Gasparillo Tamboo Bamboo Specialists and drumology by the St. James Drummers.
As a special lagniappe, Trinidad All Stars Youth Steel Orchestra will perform with a flambeaux procession at the start of the evening’s proceedings.
Moderator is Marcus Ash, Education Officer. The event is open to the general public. Food and drinks will be on sale.