Malika Green is an educator, arranger, composer and performer on the steelpan. She was the Director and creator of Steel Orchestras Section of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) and its Community Engagement Coordinator. Her interest in music started at age eight with the piano. At 12 she added pan, and soon she was arranging and composing for both the steelpan and piano. She pursued her BA and MM in steelpan performance at the Northern Illinois University (NIU). After NIU she taught steelpan with The Cultural Academy for Excellence in Washington DC from 2007 – 2011, and from 2011-2018 with CYSO.
Green has recently completed a Global Fulbright Scholar program (2017-2018) during which she studied pedagogical practices in youth steel band programs in London, Toronto and Trinidad. In January 2019 she relocated to Trinidad and has since judged Junior Panorama, participated in Panorama with Renegades Steel Orchestra and is collaborating with Power Stars, Golden Hands and the Carnival Institute to develop new approaches to for steelpan education.
Vanessa Headley, PAnGEA Guest Lecturer, Vice President and Musical Director of the prestigious Golden Hands has been a arranger, composer, educator and steelpan devotee for the past 25 years. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Musical Arts from the UWI St. Augustine and an MA in Psychology for Musicians from the University of Sheffield, UK.
A National Music Festival champion on numerous occasions, Ms. Headley also placed first in the Caribbean in CXC Music and was the first Steelpan musician to be awarded an academic scholarship by Berklee College of Music Boston, U.S.A.. She has performed internationally and conducted workshops in the Caribbean, the U.S.A. and the UK. Ms. Headley has adjudicated several competitions in Calypso, Mas and Steelpan, in Trinidad and the UK.
She remains the first person to compose, sing and arrange a Panorama song. This she has done for five consecutive years, earning 1st and 3rd place on two occasions. Her compositional works have earned her band, Prime Ministerial and Presidential Awards. This has attracted the commissioning of her original work by several National bodies.
Ms. Headley, winner of the National Youth Award in the sphere of Arts and Culture is also the radio hostess of the internationally popular Steelpan City on WACK 90.1 FM.
Kim Johnson is the Director of the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, and is considered to be one of the foremost historians of pan. He has curated The Audacity of the Creole Imagination, a multi-media exhibition on the history of the steelpan, for the National Museum. In 2011 he was awarded the Anthony Sabga prize for excellence in Arts & Letters.
He has published several books on pan, and his docu-drama PAN! Our Music Odyssey, has won several prizes at film festivals and has been translated into Spanish, French and Japanese. Re-Percussions: Our African Odyssey, which he wrote and directed, won the best feature documentary prize at the 2015 TT Film Festival.