Merle Albino-de Coteau, Esther K. Batson, Dr. Dawn Batson
Composers, Arrangers, Educators

Brooklyn, New York - When Steel Talks continues its exclusive series of interviews with movers and shakers of the Pan movement.  In this interview Dr. Dawn Batson currently at Indiana University, music teachers Merle Albino-De Coteau from the Creative Arts Centre at the University of the West Indies, and Esther K. Batson, Dr. Batson's mother, share their thoughts on the immediate future of pan, and women's contributions to the art form.  These women were all adjudicators for the Something Positive's 2004 Youth Pan Festival...  [full story]

Colette Baptiste, Dawn Batson, Merle Albino-De Coteau, Nyasha Rhoden, Juliet D'Avilar

Steelband Musicians May Suffer Hearing Loss

Mon Nov 8, 2004 03:03 PM ET

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After years of entertaining crowds during annual Carnival festivals and other celebrations in the Caribbean and elsewhere, steelpan players are likely to experience hearing loss, a new report shows.

"Specifically, this study implies that if you are a steelpan player, and you do not wear hearing protection, you are at risk of getting a noise-induced hearing loss with time," study author Dr. Solaiman Juman, from the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad, told Reuters Health.

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