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The spiritual connections in 1917

Vicar for Communications, Fr Robert Christo reflects on the movie 1917 which captured Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects at the 92nd Academy Awards on February 9.

On VE Day, (Victory in Europe Day), the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces, the steel band was presented to the world for the first time.

That day, March 8, 1945 marked not only the presence of the steel pan as the only major musical instrument created in the twentieth century, but it also signalled the early connection between steel bands, Carnival and war—a connection demonstrated by early panmen whose army green and camouflage outfits echoed the colours of war and masqueraders whose costumes replicated the memory of war as they paraded through the streets.

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