Charysse Tia Harper & Keith Musaman Morton
Trinidad & Tobago
PANOMUNDO PART 1: THE EVOLUTION OF THE STEEL PAN
Slavery may have been the catalyst, but culture and passion formed this sound in Trinidad & Tobago. The steel pan (steel drum) can take the claim of being the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century. However, this sound not only moves people today, but it paralleled the island’s history of colonization and the demand for independence.
The first section of this two-part film highlights the precursors of the steel pan and the creation of the instrument until it gained international recognition in Britain in 1951. Interviews from steel pan legends, such as Ellie Mannette, Sterling Betancourt, Cliff Alexis and Ray Holman, are included.
PANOMUNDO PART 2: PAN WORLDWIDE
The follow up to award-winning Panomundo Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan, that focuses on the global influence of the steelpan once it left Trinidad & Tobago and travelled to Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.
This section features bands and steelpan legends from all over the world including Lennox “Boogsie” Sharpe, Earl La Pierre, Sr., Michael “Manish” Robinson, Russ Henderson and more.