Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
As I hope you all know, I started a small project on The Cape Verde Island, São Vicente.
First part is done successfully, which was introducing and teaching pan. They never heard, saw or played a steelpan before. I was lucky that Nostalgia Steelband from London, lend me some pans, and took them with me, payed my own ticket to get there, and taught them how to play.
The goal was to form a small steelband together with the inhabitants of São Vicente and play on their carnival parade.
And it worked! ( look at the video Cruzeiros Do Norte) They love the sound and want to learn everything there is to learn about pan.
So now I have to start the Second part of this project.
AND I NEED ALL OF YOU TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
Cape Verde is a poor country, hardly any work available.
How can we get pans over there, with them not having the possibility to pay for the instruments.
The local music teacher Eddy Max, is looking for ways, by talking to the council, to see if they are willing to contribute.
My question to all of you, and especially the big steelbands, is if there is a possibility to donate a pan.
Then they can start a panyard. They would be so grateful if this works.
The Third part of the project will be to learn them how to make their own pans. I can't do that myself, don't have the skills. But as I got in contact with Bowie Bowei from Nigeria, he is willing to help me in this.
PLEASE HELP FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PAN!! and sent them some pans.
If you have any other ideas, please tell me and respond to this letter.
Hope we can succeed in spreading pan to another part of the world!