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NTS Radio // Steel Pan Special

After sharing a nice avocado sandwich with steel pan maestro Fimber Bravo on Friday, I came away armed with a jolly trove of Trinidadian cds and vinyl. Bravo has explored all approaches to his instrument, from raucous street parties to expansive, languid appropriations of the steel pan. I touch on some of these here, a journey that took me from Jamaica to Japan, via London and the Italian Alps. The Smithsonian Folkways compilation Calypso Awakening, which covers Trinidad’s late ’50s calypso scene, was a great help. I love the intimate recordings of muttered conversations and steel pans being tuned. Other strange and wonderful finds this week were Musica Da Cucina’s poignant kitchen sink meddling, and the relentless funky grooves of J.T. and Kim Lewis. Expect a mix and interview with Bravo next week!

Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
Led Zeppelin – Good Times Bad Times
Mighty Jamma – Pan Dan (With The Harlem Syncopators Steel Band)
Lord Melody – Booboo Man
J.T. – I Love Music
Brenda Fassie (and the big dudes) – Weekend Special
Oumou Sangaré – Moussoulou
Fimber Bravo – Na Silo
Little Tempo – Gagarin Goes to Jamaica
Small Island Pride – Federation
Kim Lewis – (Let’s All) Fantasize
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced
The Charlatans – Codine
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Breathless
The Modern Lovers – Government Center
Nina Simone – To Love Somebody
Musica Da Cucina – Arigna
Tuning of a Pingpong, 1956
Sunshine Love Steel Orchestra – Sunrise
Norma Tanega – You’re Dead
Alice Coltrane – The Sun
Mighty Sparrow – Yankees Gone
Talking Heads – Artists Only
Grinderman – Palaces Of Montezuma
Frank Chickens – Shellfish Bamboo
Yankees Gone, performed by a steel band procession performing in Trinidad, 1956
Gonzales – Othello
Fimber Bravo and Kadialy Kouyate – Old Kaiso
Hot Chip – Transmission
Joe Jackson – Stepping Out
Fimber Bravo – Grey Clouds

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