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The Trinidad & Tobago Steel Pan: History and Evolution by Felix I. R. Blake

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About the Steel Pan - Trinidad & Tobago

Steel pans steel drums were created on the Caribbean island of Trinidad in the s, but steel pan history can be traced back to the enslaved Africans who were brought to the islands during the s. They carried with them elements of their African culture including the playing of hand drums. These drums became the main percussion instruments in the annual Trinidadian carnival festivities.
Felix I. R. Blake

A brief history of the steel pan

At one time or another, Spanish, English, Dutch and French colonialists ruled the island of Trinidad. Street festivals began to get rowdy and rough during the s and s. Tamboo Bamboo bands were outlawed because rival bands were fighting one another with the bamboo. The steel drums have continued to evolve to this day. Remembering Ellie Mannette, the Stradivarius of Steel. Trinidadian Ellie Mannette passed away on August 29, , at the age of

The story of the Steel band has developed into a legend where fact and fantasy have been interwoven.
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History of steel drums steel pans -An Inspiring Story!! Although steel drums steel pans were invented in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago sometime around the Second World War, they had been evolving since the 's when the inhabitants were celebrating Carnival a street parade. This festivity was brought to the island by the French. After the slaves were freed in , they joined in the festivities using their drums. However,the colonialists were nervous about the drumming which they thought could be used to pass secret messages that may have led to social unity and a possible revolution among the Blacks. The drumming activities were therefore banned.

It's the Toucans Steel Drum Band online at www. The drums were developed on the Caribbean island of Trinidad during the early years of the 20th century. Old rubbish tins, car parts and stolen garbage can lids formed the first "Iron Bands", which led to the realization that a dented section of a barrel head could produce a musical tone. Careful refinement of this amazing discovery produced the modern Steel Drum instrument and the large orchestral Steel Drum Bands, a deserved source of great national pride! Earlier on the island of Trinidad, during British Colonial rule in the late 's, hand drums were used as a call for neighborhood gangs to collect and 'mash up' with the other gangs.

Steelpans also known as steel drums or pans , and sometimes, collectively with other musicians, as a steel band or orchestra is a musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago. Steel pan musicians are called pannists. The modern pan is a chromatically pitched percussion instrument made from 55 gallon industrial drums that formerly contained chemicals. Drum refers to the steel drum containers from which the pans are made; the steel drum is more correctly called a steel pan or pan as it falls into the idiophone family of instruments, and so is not a drum which is a membranophone. Steel pans are the only instruments made to play in the Pythagorean musical cycle of fourths and fifths. The pan is struck using a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber; the size and type of rubber tip varies according to the class of pan being played.

4 thoughts on “The Trinidad & Tobago Steel Pan: History and Evolution by Felix I. R. Blake

  1. The time of Carnival in Trinidad takes place two days before Lent and is a celebration consisting of parades, costumes, music, dancing and all sorts of entertainment.

  2. The steel pan, possibly the only instrument made out of industrial waste, has become an icon of Trinidadian culture. The steel pan, often referred to incorrectly as a steel drum, emerged in the s. Metal objects including car parts, paint pots, dustbins, oil drums and biscuit.

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