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We are extremely excited to partner with our friend and teammate foreigner to take the Craft Contemporary community to the twin island cultural powerhouse of Trinidad & Tobago 🇹🇹 for a live presentation of making what is widely considered the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century: the Steel Pan.
Originated in 1930s Trinidad & Tobago (in the shadows of British colonialism), the pan is a pitched percussion instrument, toned chromatically, made from steel drums that were originally derived from oil drums. The steel pan was forged from Carnival culture's reliance on homegrown percussive and melodic rhythm; a rhythm outlawed by colonial forces in an effort to erase African, Indian and Indigenous cultural expression.
The invention and evolution of the steel pan is a story of relentless craft, and we are sharing the airwaves with foreigner and the team at Panland to bring this story to the fore.
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About Panland: Located in Laventille (the birthplace of the Steel Pan), Panland (our host and venue for the afternoon) is one of the leading fabricators of Trinidad's national instrument and is responsible for training and employing members of the Laventille community.
Host/Narrator: Michael Cooper, Owner/Operator @ Panland.
Crew: Albert Petzold & Kerron Lemessy on livestream videography & production.