Akiba Kurdeen Mawasi Joseph is a prolific steel pan player, and a young and upcoming arranger of repute. He holds the distinction of having been adjudged at one time the Most Outstanding Graduate from the UWI (The University of the West Indies) Pan in Schools Program. At the Siparia Fest in 2014 and 2015 he placed 3rd and 1st respectfully.
Akiba “Panman” Joseph started playing at age four. His first experience in a large steel orchestra was with Renegades Steel Orchestra at age 10, then as a frontline player with Phase II Pan Groove when the band went to Panorama with “Music In We Blood.” He was thirteen by that time.
Joseph started arranging with single pan band Bar 22 Steel Orchestra in 2011, and again in 2012. His breakthrough came in 2013 when Bar 22 was among the final bands. In 2014 and 2015 he worked with Scorpion Pan Reflections, also going through to the single pan band final round in both cases. Additionally, in 2015, New Generation Steel Orchestra participated in the small conventional category, and Joseph guided the band to a seventh place-tie in 2015 with his interpretation of Kitchener's “The Bee's Melody.” Akiba “Panman” Joseph was the Power Stars Steel Orchestra arranger for Panorama 2016.
His highest placing to date is in the single pan band category in 2017, taking San Juan All Stars to second place. He returned to the Panorama scene in 2018 with eyes on titles in two arenas – single pan – this time with San Juan Eastside Symphony, and also as the arranger for Sound Specialists of Laventille in the medium conventional steel orchestra category. For 2019 he arranged for Steel Xplosion of Tobago.
bio compiled/edited by When Steel Talks.