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About Steel 'n Beats

Formed in 2018, and with a growing repertoire of adventurous arrangements for the steelpan, Steel'nBeats offers a unique fusion of Caribbean rhythms and modern pop music, creating a vibrant and energetic sound that evokes laidback summers.  This dynamic blend of tradition and innovation allows listeners to experience the cross-cultural synergy between different musical styles and appreciate the richness of the diverse musical traditions of the steelpan. 

It takes hours of precision hammering to fine-tune the recycled 55-gallon oil drums used to make steel pans, resulting in an instrument of intricate harmonies and textures. But the instrument truly comes to life when it’s played in unison - as part of a steelband ensemble, one of the world’s most boisterous, glorious noises.


Originating from Trinidad and Tobago, this instrument produces a distinct melodic tone that adds a tropical flavour.  The musicians of Steel'nBeats showcase the versatility of the steel drums, seamlessly blending them with modern pop elements to create a harmonious and captivating musical experience.  Steel’n Beats takes their blend of classic calypso and popular tunes arranged for the steelpan to clubs, festivals, and private events around New Zealand using custom instruments hand-built by the legendary pan maker and musician Lennox Jordan.  Born in Trinidad & Tobago, Jordan is in demand in places as far afield as Australia, Switzerland, and Oman.

Although focussed naturally on the steelpan, Steel’n Beats also boast their own ‘engine room’ of drums and percussion. Not only does this strengthen the groove of their music, but it gives them the flexibility to stretch into a variety of genres like soul, jazz, and pop.  A typical Steel’n Beats set might include hits from Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, Santana, or even The Platters as much as the greats of calypso like Lord Kitchener or Calypso Rose.

"Our passion for steelpan music and performance means that we are always expanding our repertoire, blending Caribbean rhythms, calypso classics and popular favourites to capture our audiences.  We believe that the steelpan is a powerful musical tool that has the ability to connect people from all walks of life. We are committed to sharing our passion for this amazing instrument with as many people as possible." - Tish Viljoen, Musical Director & Lead Pannist.

We tailor-make our performance to suit your event. 

We don't often require a stage or microphones, but is dependent on the size and nature of the event. 

Please get in touch with us to discuss your event and requirements.   

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