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Ebony Steel Band perform ‘PAN MACHINE’ the music of KRAFTWERK
Ebony Steel band is one of Europe's leading steel band and one of the first steel bands set up in the UK.
The band was founded in 1969 by a group of dedicated Caribbean and British men and women who shared a love of steel bands and steelpan music and wanted to promote steelpan music across the UK and Europe.
Ebony was awarded the Queen's Award for serving the community for over 18 years.
The legendary Ebony Steel Band took up record producer Ian Shirley’s challenge to interpret classic Kraftwerk tracks on steel pans. Seminal electronic songs like The Model, Spacelab, Neon Lights, Tour De France, The Robots, Computer Love and Computer World were arranged for the Ebony line-up taking a metal on metal instrumental approach to Kraftwerk’s visionary music. Shirley also got Ebony to take on older material like Europe Endless, Kometenmelodie 2 as well as Tanzmusik. The album Pan Machine was released on his OM Swagger label (www.omswaggermusic.com) in 2019, receiving fantastic reviews across the board from Record Collector to Electronic Sound.
Recorded in two sessions at The Pool in Elephant and Castle in April 2018 and 2019 this LP is essential for fans of Kraftwerk, electronic music and steel bands. The album is called Pan Machine as 'Pan' is another name for a steel drum.