Archive for June, 2010

A Short History of The Steel Drum – Caribbean Steelbands from Steve Allen Entertainments

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

A short history of the shiny drum

How discarded oil barrels evolved into a global musical tradition

By David Mangurian, Laventille, Trinidad

(with edits by Steve Allen, of  Steve Allen Entertainments)

There are not many working-class neighborhoods that can claim to have produced an original musical instrument recognized around the world. But Laventille, a hilly, low-income suburb just east of commercial Port of Spain, Trinidad, justly prides itself in being the birthplace of one of the most popular musical instruments created during the 20th century–the steel drum or “pan,” as it is more correctly called.