Pan Podium Magazine

the essential magazine for steelpan culture

Issue 25 - Spring 2018

Editor’s Message

Robbie JosephThe steelpan instrument continues to evolve to keep abreast of the digital era that faces the world in the 21st century that we live in. Steelpan Apps, Blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Ning, Snapchat and the list goes on as new Apps continue to be developed and circulated on a regular basis to maintain global awareness.

The E-Pan and the Percussive Harmonic Instrument (PHI) are also digital innovations to assist in the transformation of their culture into the Digital age. However, the original steelpan, crafted and honed by our skillful steelpan tuners emitting those captivating sounds when rubber meets steel and melodius tones are created to put its listeners into that musical trance that leaves you thirsting for more when the tune comes to an end. The “Jumbie” continues to mesmerize pan afficionados with its captivating musical embrace.

The continuity of our steelpan culture lies with the youths of our global nations as they introduce changes, developments, creations and innovations to take it to another level and maintain its momentum in this digital era to command its rightful place amongst conventional musical instruments.  

Pan Podium continues to assist in the promotion of the steelpan and its culture through its digital media platforms in conjunction with our universal media partners to ensue that we are reaching the wider audiences and capturing virgin territories that the steelpan culture is yet to reach and be recognized.

This year the UK is celebrating the 41st anniversary of its National Steelband Panorama competition from its humble beginnings in 1978 to its iconic status as the precursor to the Notting Hill Carnival. 

I offer my personal thanks to everyone who has contributed to Pan Podium’s success and look forward to your continued support in making Pan Podium a beacon for artform.

Robbie Joseph

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