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Imari Bactowal

woman symbolNew York, USA - “I can’t remember when I was ever not aware of the existence of Steel Pan. I remember being about 7 years old, begging my dad to get my own Pan and learn how to play... My dad (Richard Bactowal “Buntin”) played in Pan Am North Stars in Trinidad, and was one of the founders of Brooklynaires here in New York, so Steel Pan has always been a part of my family. Both my family in the States (USA) and Trinidad support my love for the instrument and they are so proud that I play.”

To simply say that Pan is a major part of her life would be an understatement. She is wrapped in the arms of the proverbial Pan-Jumbie - with no escape. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist and performing artist Imari Bactowal shares her reflections, experiences and views on Pan, and the steelpan art form overall.
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PANAM JET NORTH STARS That is as good as the DNA of pan gets you are in good hands keep it going some of us grey beards are trying hard to save our culture from the vultures.


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