By Lara Pickford-Gordon
From Akini’s childhood, his father nurtured a love of steel pan music and took him to band practice in the Desperados’ pan yard, and to J’Ouvert when the band played.
He joined the Trinity All Generations Steel (TAGS) at eight years as his mother took him and his brother to church at Trinity Cathedral. He ended up with the chac chac and tambourine and watched in disappointment as peers moved on. It took him seven years to be able to hold the pan sticks properly.