Web Posted - Tuesday April 6, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Jamettes... Steelband Essentials

Celebration of Women and the Steelpan Art Form

by Barbara Sealy Rhoden

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Her roots are in the gayelle. Around 1881, it was the place where stick fighters met and fought, especially in the capital, Port of Spain. There she supported and cared for her fighting batonnair man. Resourcefully, she carried pelau, rum, bandages as well as bottles and stones in her pretty basket. These supplies, she used to attend to her fighting man or King as he was often called. So when the stick fighting era was over, she transferred her skills and dedication to the men of the steelbands during the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.