Argentinian reggae artiste Fidel Nadal has fallen in love with the sweet sounds of the steel pan after his first visit to Barbados.
Nadal informed Bajan Vibes that he is considering including the piercing sound of the steel pan in his future works after being exposed to the instrument while participating in last weekend’s pan-filled events, Pan Fusion and Pan Pun De Sand.
“I am looking forward to making a video and a song with the steel pan band. I want to do it because I feel the vibes,” Nadal revealed.
“I have never sung with a steel pan band. I have always worked with regular instruments, bass, guitar, and keyboard but …for me, it is amazing that the steel pan makes the sounds of all the instruments, all the cords,” he added.
Despite being an unfamiliar face to the hard-to-please Barbadian public, Nadal destroyed the language barrier with his energetic and lively performances that were equivalent to Jamaican artistes. As he sought to embrace the Barbadian culture and its people singing his international hit International Love, patrons were jamming to his tunes by the end of his performance.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes after his spirited performance at the Massy Pun De Sand event, Nadal stressed that he would forever remember this momentous occasion, being the first black Argentinian to perform on a Barbadian stage.
“Caribbean audience is not easy at all but you feel the vibes. I always try to give the most I can with a performance … and for me, it is a big opportunity to share the vibes being from so far. It is a unique moment to come here and share the vibes with my people because no matter the country, we are black people,” said Nadal.
“As I come from Argentina I feel I have a lot of things to share with the people in Barbados,” he continued, adding that he was looking forward to returning to the island.