Steel pan bands crank up the beat at “Pan in A minor with a Minor Change” at the Brooklyn Museum


Residents gathered at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday night as bands of steel pans enticed them to move on their feet.

The show was held in anticipation of the Labor Day Parade on Eastern Parkway.

People lined up hours before the concert, thrilled that their culture was coming to life on the streets of Brooklyn.

The musicians played the steel pan, a national musical instrument of Trinidad and Tobago which has a rich history in the hearts of many who celebrated.

The concert was called “Pan in A minor with a Minor Change”, which was partly named after one of the most played songs on steel pan by the late Trinbagonian musician Lord Kitchener.

The “minor change” refers to a major reduction in the concert which originally included eight to 12 bands with hundreds of players.

This year’s show was the first since 2019. It featured a downsizing of the bands that participated, which nevertheless picked up the pace.

The music attracted people not only from all over the city, but also from all over the country.

The festivities will continue all weekend with a Paintopia J’ouvert Fete and Day party on Sunday leading up to the long-awaited Labor Day Parade.


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