Kim Johnson

Dr. Kim Johnson was until Carnival 2020 the Director of the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago. He is an accomplished journalist, author and researcher. He has directed and/or written several prize-winning films, including PAN! Our Music Odyssey.

TAPSO - Festival of Britain, July 1951

Lt. Joseph Griffith – the Bajan that taught a band to play

This is the story of Bajan Lt. Nathaniel Joseph Griffith who was the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (TASPO)  musical director which debuted at the at the Festival of Britain at the South Bank Exhibition in London on 26th July 1951.  At the time TASPO was probably the most technically advanced steelband in the world.  …

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Sun Valley Steel Band- colorized

Cecil Ward (Bajan Cecil) – early pan pioneer Trinidad

Bajan John Archer was so notorious in Trinidad & Tobago at the turn of the twentieth century that his nickname “Badjohn” entered that nation’s vocabulary. He was one of many Bajans who contributed significantly to Trinidad & Tobago’s history and culture. Take for instance pan, that quintessential Trini art form. It’s early development was accelerated …

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Bajan: John “Bad John” Archer

How “badjohn” became a word

badjohn – noun A man willing to use violence and who likes being known as a dangerous person; a ruffian, hooligan or miscreant.  An illusion to Bajan  John “Bad John” Archer, a criminal who figured prominently in Trinidad in the early 20th century. Of the countless jailbirds to tread this island, none has cast a …

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