Deja Cain
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Meet Deja Cain of Trinidad & Tobago - Steelpan Performing Artist

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Deja Cain is part of a duo alongside her twin brother, Dejean known as the ‘Pan Twins’ hailing from the beautiful hills of Trou Macaque, Laventille, Deja began playing steelpan at the tender age of three. Playing steelpan seemed inevitable for her as both their parents also play the instrument. Her first major accomplishment alongside her brother, was winning the Movietowne’s Trinbago Kids got Talent in 2013 having performed a skilful rendition on the national instrument. She can be seen performing with Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, and family group small conventional band, Roadblock Steel Orchestra.

Deja placed second at the National Youth Action Committee Pan Pioneers Calypso Competition in 2013 and also released her first Original Calypso composition in 2016 ‘Ah coming home.’ She was also the 2015 receipt of the Performing Arts Award from Newtown Girls’ Roman Catholic School. She also received the 2017 Council’s Award from the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation in recognition of extraordinary service and dedication.

In 2016, Deja was part of a West African Tour with the Roadblock Steel Orchestra which features her and her brother as the headline acts. On the tour, they visited Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria where they performed for the Ooni of Ile Ife in Nigeria. (The King (Ooni) The Oòni (or king) of Ife is a descendant of the godking Oduduwa, and is counted first among the Yoruba kings). The people at the kingdom were in awe of the steelpan and also showered Deja with money when she sang her calypso.

Some of her accomplishments alongside her brother also include:-

  •  1st place at the Love City Promotions and Co. Talent show (2013)
  •  1st place at the Southern Marines Talent Expression (2016)
  •  1st place at Tornadoes Steel Orchestra Talent Show (2016)
  •  1st place at Panroake (2017)

In February 2018, she took part in the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival in the Steelpan Solo (11-15) Category. She was also one of the main characters in the Malick Folk Performing Company 2018 Theatre Production, ‘The Story of Little Man’. On completion of her secondary education, Deja plans to further her studies in the performing arts and also wishes to travel the world.

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