Season eight of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—the nation’s only documentary series about life, art and culture across the African Diaspora—continues with the electrifying story of the steel drum, or pan.

Jussie Smollett_Afropop 8

Jussie Smollett_Afropop 8

Premiering on Monday, January 25, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on WORLD Channel, directors Jérôme Guiot and Thierry Teston’s high-energy Pan! Our Music Odyssey is a tale of how the steel drum came to be—and how it came to be so big! AfroPoP is hosted by Jussie Smollett, star of the hit FOX TV show Empire, produced by National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and co-presented by American Public Television (APT).

Using dramatizations based on real historical events, the filmmakers have given us a riveting look at the history of the steel drum, all while capturing its immense popularity today, said NBPC Director of Programs and Acquisitions and AfroPoP Executive Producer Kay Shaw. “We are very excited to bring this story, as it has never been told before, to US audiences as the arts centerpiece of this season’s series.”

New episodes of AfroPoP premiere weekly on Mondays through February 15. The show kicks off on Monday, January 18, with Days of Hope. Director Ditte Haarløv Johnsen’s film is an insightful portrait of three West African migrants who cross the Sahara desert and Atlantic Ocean in a search for opportunity and safety in Europe, only to find their struggle has just begun.

Check out the trailer for PAN! Our Music Odyssey

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