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Jab Molassie (molasses devil), 1933. Photograph by Howard Nankivell, courtesy of Edmund Nankivell

Saving the picture history of pan

Issue 108 (March/April 2011) | 0 comments
Invented in the streets of Port of Spain, the steelband now has a photo archive recognised in Unesco’s Memory of the World register

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Nearlin Taitt: the secret Trinidadian hero of Jamaican music

Issue 93 (September/October 2008) | 0 comments
Nearlin Taitt, a Trinidadian, started in steelband, then invented rocksteady in Jamaica. Kim Johnson turns the spotlight on one of the mysteries of Ca

Starlift Steel Orchestra. Photograph courtesy Percy Pitts

Flashes of the pan

Issue 89 (January/February 2008) | 0 comments
Kim Johnson is on a mission. He is compiling a National Steelband Archive but finding photos is hard. Beware, he may come knocking on your door soon

Russell ‘Russ’ Henderson on a visit home to Trinidad. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

Russell “Russ” Henderson: taking it to the streets

Issue 86 (July/August 2007) | 0 comments
Musician Russell "Russ" Henderson talks to Kim Johnson about his career in the early days of London's Notting Hill Carnival

West Indian Rhythm Box Set. Photograph courtesy The Classic Calypso Collective

West Indian Rhythm: “The real native music”

Issue 85 (May/June 2007) | 0 comments
West Indian Rhythm transports listeners to the early days of calypso in Trinidad

Taspo gives its first performance at the South Bank Exhibition in 1951, under Lt Griffith. Photograph by George Konig/Keystone Features/Getty Images

When steelband took London by storm

Issue 113 (January/February 2012) | 0 comments
Kim Johnson explains the musical and social importance of Taspo, T&T’s first national steelband

Dawn on South Quay. Photograph by Abigail Hadeed

Trinidad All Stars: Fleet’s In

Issue 113 (January/February 2012) | 0 comments
Photographer Abigail Hadeed follows All Stars, the oldest steelband in T&T, from its panyard in east Port of Spain

Rikki Jai, the winner of the 2011 Chutney Soca Monarch competition. Photograph by David Samson

The beat of a different chutney soca drum

Issue 111 (September/October 2011) | 0 comments
T&T’s chutney soca fuses Indian music with African elements drawn from calypso. Kim Johnson unearths its intertwined roots

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The People Before Columbus

Issue 3 (Autumn 1992) | 1 comment
Kim Johnson goes in search of the people who lived in the Caribbean before Columbus' caravels sailed over the eastern horizon

Frenchman's Creek near Port Antonio. Photograph by Mike Toy

Jamaica Watch – Kingston Jammin’

Issue 32 (July/August 1998) | 0 comments
Mark Raymond and Kim Johnson on the pleasures of Jamaica’s capital