TT – Panman Joshua Regrello has been playing the national instrument for almost all his life. And with the release of his first album, De Pan Man, he is inviting listeners to experience the latest chapter in his musical journey.
De Pan Man features 14 pan covers Regrello has done over the last two years. He describes it as a “multi-genre album,” including soca and calypso, bhajans and “conscious” reggae, as well as soca parang.
The 24-year-old musician told Newsday he has been playing pan for 21 years and was practically “born into a panyard.” He is the son of Junia Regrello, San Fernando mayor and former manager of Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra (now known as Skiffle Steel Orchestra).
“It was a vibe (growing up in a panyard). Hearing music, seeing the people. It was like a big family.”