Sunday, April 20, 2008

Searching for Steelband archive - Kim Johnson

Pan reach

The National Pan History Project

The author Kim Johnson is on a mission to amass as many photographs capturing Trinidad and Tobago's national musical instrument, the Steelpan. The material is for a coffee table book entitled the National Archives of the Pan. The project is a thorough history of the steelpan's beginning from 1939 to its present day. The two hundred and fifty page document will examine the culture behind the only musical instrument invented in the twentieth century and its foundations integrated within Trinidad and Tobago.

An unknown steelband from San Fernando, Trinidad, courtesy of Kim Johnson

Mr. Johnson is appealing to the public for any photographs of the steelpan they may have of Trinidad carnival during the 1940 - 90s. A gem from those old steelband snapshots could find its way between the pages of the National Pan Archive Book. If you can contribute to this project, Kim Johnson can be emailed for further details.

Pan Am North Stars on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. courtesy of Kim Johnson

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