The Pantam Looks Like a Pita Oven, but Israelis Are Making Magical Music With It

The pantam was first displayed at a music fair in Frankfurt in 2001. It’s made from a strip of metal that undergoes a chemical process and is hammered out by hand, inspired by a Trinidadian steel drum.

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Musicians who play the pantam describe a gleaming, magical sound that hypnotizes the audience and releases musical inhibitions. I first came across it a decade ago. A drummer friend was carrying a pantam on...