15 Oct 2010

Southern Stars Steel Band

The Southern Stars Steel Band play a range of steel drums, the bell-like instrument originating from the island of Trinidad. Missing her home and the Caribbean way of life Camille Nakhid formed the large ensemble from a diverse and largely untrained group of aspiring steel drummers. Nick Atkinson tracked down the colourful band who rehearse above the Working Man's Club. Not only did he get an impromptu lesson on how to play an instrument that was originally fashioned from disused 44 gallon oil drums, he also heard the remarkable story of a gregarious Trinidadian happily stranded in New Zealand.