Steel Pan

After the Canboulay Riots in the early 1880s in which Trinidadian and Tobagoan descendants of slaves protested colonial leaders’ attempts to restrict the celebration of Carnival, British authorities banned stick-fighting and African percussion music. In 1937 they also banned the banging together of bamboo sticks. Trinidadians responded by using anything and everything else as percussion instruments — frying pans, dustbin lids and oil drums. This developed into the modern genre of “steelpan,” whose
primary percussion instrument is the interior of a tuned steel drum. About the steelpan | The science of steelpan | Wanna buy a steelpan? | A whole lotta people playing steelpan on YouTube

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