Steel Band

Steel Band

Trinidad Panharmonic Orchestra FW06865 / FW 6865

The steel band was invented during World War II, and so this 1957 recording of the Trinidad Panharmonic Orchestra captures the early days of what is now a widely popular genre of music. According to the liner notes, "It appeals to the kids, the grown ups and the old.... [It] has the power to instill in you the urge to wriggle like a snake, to jump like the goatiest of goats and tip-toe like ... Pavlova." The band has played at every public square in the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Liner notes provide a brief history of the development of the steel band.

Year Released 1957
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1957 Folkways Records

Genre(s) Caribbean; World
Country(s) Trinidad and Tobago
Culture Group(s) African Caribbean
Instrument(s) Drum, steel; Steel drum (Musical instrument)
Subject(s) Steel bands (Music)
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202 Brown Skin Girl Trinidad Panharmonic Orchestra 3:11
203 Merry Meringue Trinidad Panharmonic Orchestra 3:15
204 Merengue Boom Trinidad Panharmonic Orchestra 3:11
205 Mama Gave You Something Trinidad Panharmonic Orchestra 3:03
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