Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
As I hope you all already know, I started a project about introducing pan on São Vicente, Cabo Verde Islands.
As this the site for developing pan all over the world, I hope to reach as much people as possible
As a lot of bands in Trinidad/Tobago don't use mail, I hope you read this and help them to start a panyard.
My name is Deanne Pijl and I live in The Netherlands. And of course I play Pan.
Last February, during the Carnival, I was on São Vicente ( Cape Verde Islands) to do a small project, introducing Pan. They don’t know this instrument, never seen it, never heard it.
I had the opportunity to lend some pans from Nostalgia Steelband from London and took 5 pans with me.
My idea was to form a small band and play on the Carnival parade.
It was a great success!
They loved the sound and want to learn everything about playing pan.
Cape Verde is a poor country. Hardly any work there. So no money to buy instruments.
My colleague and me ( we are piano technicians) gave them 2 piano’s a couple of years ago, for almost nothing. This year I found a keyboard outside in the rain, dried it, worked fine and took it with me. The music teacher was very happy with it.
Well I think you know by now, why I sent you this letter.
Hope you can help them to set up a small pan yard, by donating a steelpan.
The music teacher Eddy Max, asked the government for money for shipping the instruments, and they want to help him.
They also want to learn how to make one. Can’t do it myself, but I can teach them how to play. I don’t earn any money by teaching them, ( also tune there piano’s for free) I’m just doing it for the love of Pan and to help them in a musical way.
Really, really hope you are willing to help them and spread Pan to another part of the world.
Please reply, even if you don’t have the possibility to donate a Pan. Maybe you even have better ideas, how to start a steel band on São Vicente.
I know they will be very grateful.
We had very little time ( only 8 days) and was very proud of them playing Pan as if they were born with it and could play the Carnival tune during the parade for 5 hours!!
Made a small compilation of it. Hope you have the time and enthusiasm to look at it and HELP THEM!!