The film tells the story of the notoriously ingenious, multicultural people of Trinidad and Tobago, who fought to hold on to their African drum and in the process created the steel-pan, the only new instrument to be invented in the 20th century.
What does it mean to be black in America? I faced this question early in life as a child of African immigrants. First days of school were the worst days. As teachers and peers faced difficulty pronouncing my long West African name, I struggled to understand who I was.
I, on the other hand, had a more personal reason for wanting to write about my chosen topic -- "the relevance of cultural background to the application of the law" -- my interest in it having been triggered while spending time in East Africa the previous summer.