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Pan ‘Down Under’ Australia’s “Banana Joe” story points to Trinidad & Tobago as Home of Pan

Australia - ‘What part of Jamaica is Trinidad?’ This was the question which was repeatedly being asked wherever and whenever Alvin Rostant played his steelpan in Australia.

This drove him to set the record straight. In so doing he established his own “Australian Academy of Steel Drums” wherein he scripted a story for Primary Schools entitled “Banana Joe,” and another for High Schools called “Calypso Drums.” He was subsequently contracted by the Queensland Arts Council in-schools touring programme which saw him taking the programme on the road to close to one thousand schools. Rostant, a former San Fernando Technical Institute soccer standout in Trinidad in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, was being interviewed ‘on air’ from Australia by Hollis Clifton – Pan Diaspora Visionary and Kenny Phillips CEO of WACK Radio 90.1FM in San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago.
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alvin i commend your on tireless effforts in setting the records straight, in reference to the birthplace of PAN. thank you, and keep on keeping on.
i will like to contact alvin from down under. may i have an email or something? i din't notice one in the article. thanks
I've been asked the exact question many,many times.....Much thanks Alvin for setting the record straight.That question always gets under my skin.


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