Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Trini Tuesday-Whey De Panman?

In Trinidad, now that Christmas is past we begin the build-up to Carnival! There are so many things that occur but not the least of which is the final preparations of steel pan orchestras which will competeand provide the background for all the wining in the streets. If you live near a panyard you'll live your life to the soundtrack of rehearsals as the music fills the neighborhood.

One of my early Trini Tuesday posts explained the roots of Steelpan. Another one explored the importance of Calypso as an artform and social commentary. Here's a terrific video that is a great example of both that addresses some of the cultural shifts regarding pan musicians and the artform. You can see the traditional panyards and some shots of steelpan construction. Don't worry, it's not documentary. You'll be wanting to wine dem hips along with a couple lovelies who make an appearance too.




And here is another video that has some great shots from around the island, from the capital to the beaches. It also gives a good view of the bowl of a steelpan so you can see how the individual notes on the pans are shaped in the metal. Keep in mind tuning occurs with a blow torch and a hammer and mallet. Amazing, no?



Happy Trini Tuesday!

UPDATE: Here is one link to current information on steelbands in Trinidad.

15 comments:

KFarmer said...

Found myself papapaing at the ironing board :) Love that music!

Charles said...

I love steel pan orchestras... can you recommend some good ones and know where we can download the music?

snavy said...

The videos look great but I have no speakers hooked up to this pc - lol.

Happy Trini Tuesday.

Ameratis said...

I love how you share this stuff every Tuesday. It is always fun to learn about others places. Thanks for sharing!

Jodes said...

very cool!!!!!! bummer snavy cannot hear them!!

Breazy said...

OMG!! It does make you wanna dance along doesn't it . I think the steelpan is such a cool instrument and how they tune it is just awesome if you ask me . Thank you for sharing that with us Lime !

Anonymous said...

Is it the same kind of carnival in Toronto? It is Caribean.

Anonymous said...

Great video, great music!

Seamus said...

What a wonderful couple of videos! That is amazing how they tune the pans – playing looks like playing a hammered dulcimer in a circular pattern! ;)

Anonymous said...

Steel Drums are so hauntingly melodic.
In my mind I hear them when I read your posts.
Unless I'm really hearing them!

Rob said...

Yeah, yeah -- but what about all the beads you get during Carnival?! ;-)

OK, so the pan musicians are pretty cool and these Tuesday postings are always informative and interesting! Thanks for not just entertaining but also educating us, Limey!

cindra said...

Good stuff, Lime! I took a class on the history of the Caribbean a few years ago and was fascinated by the culture. What sh*thead slave mongers we Europeans were.

Thanks for stopping by...nice to 'see' you.

The TriniGourmet said...

i love your enthusiasm and respect for our culture :D have added you to my blogroll :)

Anonymous said...

tuning with a blowtorch and a mallett.
-I was going to say 'country song in there somewhere,' ---but, aside from the phrase being too played out... I'm thinking more Nine Inch Nails...
(There would be steel band soloists playing underground in Manhattan at the subways... great accoustics, (I mean, if you discount the trains.)

kevian said...

I love pan but trinidadian seemto have no love for the art form.