UK – Walk by Brixton Tube and on almost any day and Mikey will be entertaining you on his steelpan. Simone Richardson dropped some cash into his basket and asked him about himself … Mikey likes to be called “Kat in De Hat” – it’s on his business card, alongside the Jamaican flag. His parents
US – The steel band fraternity in Brooklyn is mourning the passing of Trinidadian “Iron Man,” Hansel B. Leon, Sr., who died in his native land on March 25. He was 77. Leon’s daughters, Krishanda Leon-Jemmott and Natasha Leon-Craigwell — both residents of Brooklyn — told Caribbean Life on Sunday that their father died at
TT – Marabella has lost a patriarch in the person of Michael “Scobie” Joseph. Joseph leader of the Southern Marine Steelband and former Pan Trinbago executive, spiritual elder and former trade unionist who was jailed while fighting for the rights of people in 1971, died on March 24. He was hospitalised with a lung infection.
AG – It may not have been the send-off they envisaged but friends, family and the pan fraternity turned out on Thursday to bid farewell to late steelpan legend Eustace ‘Manning’ Henry who died earlier this month. Attendance was somewhat sparse for a man of his stature, in line with a national ban on gatherings
US – Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close, approximately 200 people gathered at National Trail High School on Saturday, March 7, to participate in and watch the Gathering of the Pans Steel Band Festival. According to National Trail Director Judy Jordan, the steel band festival gave students the opportunity to work with professionals
TT – Steel tells the story, in song and dialogue, of the birth of the steelpan in Trinidad. Set in the depressed Port of Spain district of Laventille after World War II, it is both a love story and a social examination of the urban community that, despite its economic conditions and violent social backdrop,