Kim Loy Wong and His Wiltwyck Steel Band

Kim Loy Wong FW03834 / FS 3834

The steel drum evolved from the tunable tamboo-bamboowood sticks that African slaves in Trinidad used to communicate with one another, and it became an important instrument in Trinidadian Carnival road marches in the late 1930s. With the help of Pete Seeger and Folkways Records, Kim Loy Wong became one of many steel drum artists who brought the sounds of the chromatically pitched instrument from Trinidad to America in the ‘60s. Using his music to reach out to underprivileged youth, Wong formed the Wiltwyck Steel Band when he became the steel drum instructor at the Wiltwyck School for Boys. Kim Loy Wong and His Wiltwyck Steel Band deftly mixes Trinidadian samba and rhumba styles with popular American songs ranging from gospel to folk, including renditions of “Saints Go Marching In” and “This Land Is Your Land”. The huge, soft sound and dissonant melodic rhythms of the steel drums as arranged by Wong will amaze anyone who hears them for the first time. Liner notes include descriptions and illustrations of the steel drum, its origins and its uses.



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Year Released 1959
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1959 Folkways Records

Genre(s) Caribbean; World
Country(s) Trinidad and Tobago; United States
Culture Group(s) African Caribbean
Instrument(s) Drum, steel; Steel drum (Musical instrument)
Subject(s) Steel bands (Music)
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101 Gun Slinger Kim Loy Wong 3:06
102 Happy Wanderer Kim Loy Wong 3:31
103 Brown Skin Girl Kim Loy Wong 3:10
104 My Sweet Tibisay Kim Loy Wong 3:01
105 Heart and Soul Kim Loy Wong 3:04
106 Boo Boo Calypso Kim Loy Wong 3:25
201 John B. Sails Kim Loy Wong 3:00
202 Saint Go Marching In Kim Loy Wong 3:28
203 This Land Is My Land Kim Loy Wong 3:06
204 Blue Moon Kim Loy Wong 3:31
205 La Paloma Kim Loy Wong 3:10
206 Michael Kim Loy Wong 3:01
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