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Where did the steelpan come from?
Steelpan (also known as steel pan, steel drum or pan, and sometimes, collectively with other musicians, as a steelband or orchestra) is a musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago. Steelpan musicians are called pannists.
When did the steelpan become the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago?
in 1992 the steel pan became the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago acknowledging the progress made at home and abroad.
When was steelpan invented?
The steel drum therefore was used in the creation of what is known today as the steel pan, and although there have been several competing claims to its invention, it is generally accepted that the steel pan was first made around 1939 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Why is the steelpan important to Trinidad and Tobago?
The steelpan was invented in Trinidad and Tobago and is widely regarded as the only major musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century. In order to emit that orchestral sound, every group of pans needs to have a certain range – just like the instruments in a traditional orchestra.
Why was the steelpan invented?
It is the only musical instrument invented in the twentieth century. Created in the 1930’s, the steel pan owes its genesis to the carnival festivals of that era. It emerged as the product of the energy of the people directed towards cultural self-expression.
What is the history of the steel pan?
Steel pans (steel drums)were created on the Caribbean island of Trinidad in the 1930s, but steel pan history can be traced back to the enslaved Africans who were brought to the islands during the 1700s. They carried with them elements of their African culture including the playing of hand drums.
What is the history of the steel pan in Trinidad?
Trinidad and Tobago is the birth place of the Steel Pan/drum, it is the only acoustic instrument invented and developed in the 20th century. The steel pan first emerged in the late 1930’s when the playing of the Tamboo Bamboo was banned by the government during the Second World War.
What is a steel pan instrument?
The steel pan or steel drum is an instrument that was invented in Trinidad and Tobago in the late 1930’s. This instrument belongs to the percussion family that is chromatically pitched. The steel pan is made up of sheet metal that is stretched into a bowl type shape that is formed by using hammers, air pressure, or by hand.