Black History Month: Pan-Africanism and the Connecting of the Steel Drum/Steelpan to Black History

Most people with a basic knowledge of the history of the steel drum/steelpan/pan, have no difficulty in connecting the percussive instrument to its Trinidad origins. However, few are able to make the connection between the instrument and “Black History”. Arguably, not many are aware of steelpan’s Western African (Yoruba) roots. In celebration and honor of…

Cultural farewell for Singing Sandra on Wednesday

https://newsday.co.tt/2021/02/01/cultural-farewell-for-singing-sandra-on-wednesday-and-thursday/ RISE IN PARADISE, SINGING SANDRA!!! As we celebrate Black History Month across the United States, it is important that the contributions of Blacks in the Diaspora be given attention, as calypso was once the “hip-hop” of America’s music industry. (Search: Rum and Coca-Cola.) Singing Sandra was one of those unique voices in a subculture…