Thursday 1 October, 2020

Origins: Of steel and soca

The steelpan, one of the world’s youngest instruments, comes with a string of accolades and a distinct sound. It was born within a people still trying to navigate their own ways through a new society. 

The steelpan has grown with Trinidad and Tobago's people and has solidified its place as an integral part of our culture and Carnival. 

One of the most anticipated events in Carnival; the Panorama semi-finals will be held on Sunday at the Queens Park Savannah. There, steel orchestras will play arranged versions of the season's best soca songs for a an eagerly waiting crowd; one step closer to seeing who'll hold the bragging rights as Panorama champions for 2020.

Before enjoying an event so near and dear to the true Carnival experience, we spoke to an arranger who told us that there’s much more to it than just beating a steel drum. 

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