Almost 3000 pans and 1200 musicians for Panorama finals !
Almost 3000 pans and 1200 musicians for Panorama finals last Saturday!
Here is some news from the Steelpan community ... This weekend the finals of the Panorama took place, in the middle of the carnival in Port of Spain (Trinidad), this competition has been a real institution since 1963. The winner of this year is the Steelband "Desperadoes" and you can see a video of their performance here: https://youtu.be/bWUpkG2_EpY
I’d like to take this opportunity to relay information about the reissue of a book that has become rare: "The Illustrated Story of Pan" by Kim Johnson.
Kim Johnson is the director of the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, he is considered as a reference in the history of the Steelpan. In a recent exchange, he told me that he considered the Handpan to be an interesting offshoot of the Steelpan and that it should therefore be welcomed as any cousin should be.
To all those interested in the history of the instrument that gave birth to ours, I invite you to support this fundraising campaign for the second edition of this book: