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The Handpan + a Digeridoo = Cultural Appropriation x 2

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The steelpan via the hang/handpan is not the only sacred, cultural institution of an instrument that has been co-opted, colonized and corrupted by Europeans on a wide scale. As I have discussed this particular matter in previous blog posts as it pertains to the handpan, I will add another example which proves my point about the erroneous sense of entitlement that most people of European descent have when it comes to culturally misappropriating the sacred cultural institutions of indigenous cultures globally.  The digeridoo/yidaki comes immediately to mind as an instrument that is intimately connected to the the handpan community at...

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Steelpan and Handpan Makers/Tuners with a Satan-Free Sound: Panstream, Dave's Island Instruments & Innersound

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Our newfound friends and colleagues over at HandPans Magazine recently made mention of the ''Holy War'' that KaribPAN has launched against the demonic Handpan Mafia in their blog, which we discussed in our last article. Upon further thought, I must admit that Handpans Magazine's portrayal and characterization of our historic, demon exercising episode in the handpan and steelpan industry as a ''Holy War'' is quite apt and totally fitting!  In our comment sections here on karibpan.com and on other online handpan/steelpan discussion groups. many prospective buyers who have expressed rightful reservations about purchasing a demonic pan from satanic/nazi makers have...

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The Radical Differences Between the Traditional Steelpan Communities and the Handpan Communities

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Picture the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a ''steelpan player'': sandy beach, tropical atmosphere in the Caribbean, and most importantly, a Black West Indian person comes to mind. Now picture the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about a ''handpan player'': A Grungy, hippy person of European descent or origin comes directly to mind! I have seen many handpan players, and not one of them was Black, much less from the Caribbean, but many of them were grungy hippies!         Since KaribPAN lauched our official website and...

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The Handpan Mafia

Author: Rudy Kendall hang pan hangdrum karibpan steel drum blog steel pan steel pan blog steeldrum steeldrum blog steelpan steelpan blog

As a veteran steelpan enthusiast (23 years), it is disheartening to say the least, that there is apparently a Handpan Mafia in existence which collectively, whether willfully or not, has conspired to remove the handpan from the traditional steelpan family of which it is a descendant. In the process, they have essentially on the whole, emerged from out of the shadows and have now basically cornered the handpan market. They simultaneously charge exorbitant, over-inflated prices for instruments which only maintain their over-inflated valuation due to an essentially uninformed, easily led, and non-musically oriented buyers market.  Allow me to expand.  The...

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The Advantages of Buying a Handpan From Traditional Steelpan Makers vs. A One-Dimensional Handpan Maker

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The handpan is essentially a steelpan that is played manually, without mallets. In addition, convex steelpans, a category of steelpan instruments to which the handpan truly belongs, were invented and experimented with in Trinidad & Tobago and surrounding islands long before the recent explosion of the so called ''handpan''. The very first original steelpans were convex in shape, and only later circa 1948 were they altered on a wide scale to the now standard concave shape that we all know.  With that being said, the vast majority of handpan makers exclusively manufacture handpans, and have little to none of the...

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