PANOMUNDO PT 1: THE EVOLUTION OF THE STEELPAN
JUNE 2, 2017, 5:00pm
PANOMUNDO PT 1: THE EVOLUTION OF THE STEELPAN Charysse Tia Harper- Keith Musaman Morton • USA • 2015 • 42:03 min Music, Documentary
HARLEM PREMIERE A look at the history of the steelpan (steeldrum) from its inception in Trinidad & Tobago to it gaining international recognition at the Festival of Britain in 1951.
Slavery may have been the catalyst, but culture and passion formed this sound in Trinidad & Tobago. The steelpan can take the claim of being the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century. However, this sound not only moves people today, but it paralleled the island’s history of colonization and the demand for independence.
The first section of this two-part film highlights the precursors of the steelpan and the creation of the instrument until it gained international recognition in Britain in 1951. Interviews from steelpan legends, such as Ellie Mannette, Sterling Betancourt, Cliff Alexis and Ray Holman, are included.
Producer: Charysse Tia Harper
Executive Producer: Danny Derakhshan
Editor: Keith Musaman Morton
Colorist: Art Kavali
Directors of Photography: Dawit Gebreyesus, Brandon Musselman, David Ramcharan
Executive Consultants: Cliff Alexis, Gabriel Thomas “Gaby” King
Pan and Man Poem: Gabriel Thomas “Gaby” King
Art Director: Tim Baurer
Publicity Manager: Ursula Petula Barzey – Moxee Marketing
Director: Keith Musaman Morton