PAN-JUMBIE

Salsa and steelpan

TT – His passion for pan has been identified as the primary motivation for ensuring that our Caribbean neighbours are fully equipped to enjoy the sounds of the the steelpan.

Seventy-year old pan aficionado Merlin “Mutt” Gill attended the annual Fiesta del Fuego (fire festival) last month at Santiago de Cuba. There he received a plaque for his generosity having donated a shipment steelpans to a band in the community called El Cobre.

The festival is hosted by the institute La Casa del Caribe (Caribbean House) and representatives presented him with the acknowledgement plaque. Part of it read, “We will be joined forever by culture and deep bonds of friendship, solidarity and cooperation.”

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