26 July 2012
Last updated at 18:21
Steel pan arranger Michelle Huggins-Watts, from Trinidad, has been tasked to direct a version of the song Pacific State, by 808 State for her band Valley Harps to perform. The song has been chosen by Jeremy Deller, a British conceptual artist and her partner in the BBC's Collaboration Culture series.
The steel pans used by Valley Harps are made from old chemical containers, though historically they were made from disused oil drums. Dents of varying sizes are hammered into the surface to make the different notes.
It used to be very unusual for women to play the steel pan as it was an instrument associated with the impoverished classes and street men. Huggins-Watts is the only female arranger to win Trinidad's prestigious Panorama competition and one of very few female arrangers on the island.
The pan is often referred to incorrectly as a steel drum. It is not a drum because it does not have a skin across the top.
Trinidad has a rich history of carnival and street festivals. The performance of Pacific State takes place during a festival and hundreds of people come out to listen, eat and dance.
The band perform on the back of a float as it moves through the streets.
Stilt walkers and performers in bright flamboyant costumes also take part.
The music is well received and Deller is pleased with the results. Huggins-Watts says music of all types, including electronica, can sound good in steel. "We've tried all sorts, classical, pop, and now dance music," she says.