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Meet Alegbe Temidayo - Nigeria

“I have been most proud of my intellectual life as it relates to pan because playing the pan has helped in grooming my mental capacity.”

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks - panist Alegbe Temidayo shares her personal experience and perspective on Pan in Nigeria.

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WST - “Tell us about yourself?”

Alegbe T. - “My names are Alegbe Temidayo Precious. I am the first child and only female in a family of five. I'm 17 years old. I am from Edo State, Nigeria. I am an undergraduate of Zoology in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria. I'm a Christian by religion. I love being social and love sincerity in all I do and I drive whatsoever I love with passion. I dislike negative things. That's just a brief.”


WST - “When and how did you first become associated with the steelpan instrument?”

Alegbe T. - “I became associated with pan on the 16th of December, 2016.  A coordinator in my teens church came up with the idea of playing a Caribbean musical instrument as a Christmas presentation in the main church auditorium. It was acted upon. Alas! I found myself playing the Steel Pan.”


WST - “What Pan do you play?”

Alegbe T. - “I play the 8-Bass Pan.”


WST - “What keeps your passion for the instrument going?”

Alegbe Temidayo
Alegbe Temidayo

Alegbe T. - “Determination to play professionally and excellently keeps my passion for the pan going.”


WST - “Which Pan is your favorite and why?”

Alegbe T. - “The Bass is my favorite pan. Because it's what I play and I love the deep rhythm that comes out of it. Without the bass, the music played on the Steel pan would not be sweetened.”


WST - “Has the steelpan gained acceptability in Nigeria?”

Alegbe T. - “Yes, the Steel Pan has gained acceptability in Nigeria.”


WST - “What would you do to raise the visibility of the Steelpan art form in Nigeria?”

Alegbe T. - “In order to raise the visibility of Steel Pan art form in Nigeria, I will keep on publicizing Pan everywhere I am, enlighten people on its usefulness and effects.”


WST - “If you had the power to change something in Pan immediately what would that be?”

Alegbe T. - “If I had the power to change something about pan immediately, that would be its bulkiness.”


WST - “What have you been most proud about as it relates to Pan?”

Alegbe T. - “I have been most proud of my intellectual life as it relates to pan because playing the pan has helped in grooming my mental capacity.”


WST - “Who, and what are your musical influences?”

Alegbe T. - “My musical influence is Bowie Sonnie Bowei (CEO, Africa Trinidad and Tobago SteelPan Development Company Ltd).”


WST - “Who are your favorite arrangers?”

Alegbe T. - “My Favorite arranger is my Trainer; Bowie Sonnie Bowei.”


Alegbe Temidayo
Alegbe Temidayo

WST - “Have you participated in Panorama? How was that experience if so?”

Alegbe T. - “No, I have not participated in any Panorama before. But I will attend the first one as a participant in July 2017 in South Africa.”


WST - “What is you vision for the steelpan instrument in Nigeria?”

Alegbe T. - “I aspire to see the Steel Pan grow widespread in my Nation, Nigeria. The goal is that it should reach extensively everywhere.”


WST - “Are there any other steelband-related matters you would like to bring forward?”

Alegbe T. - “I would love to bring forward the issue of Improvisation. In case the mallet becomes tacky, can it be improvised?”





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