The Steelpan

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TheSteel pan is a beautiful creation originated in Trinidad & Tobago in the late 19.30’s and is the only orchestral family of acoustic musical instruments to be invented in the 20th century. With instruments ranging from low bass to high sopranos, all made out of the same raw material (oil drums) makes this invention a magnificent achievement for people of Trinidad & Tobago,

The People Of Trinidad and Tobago went through the struggles of being beaten up and locked up by the police

for their love to develop this new musical sound.

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The colonial rulers were against the beating of drums, singing and dancing, so they successfully brain washed many of the upper-class people of society to look down on these special artistic talents the African descendents carried. Strangely enough many of the people of the Caribbean and British born west Indians, Afro Americans still have strong elements of this kind of colonial thinking still imbedded in there actions. Many times you have to explain to people that the Steel pan is a musical instrument that can be adapted to play any form ofmusic.like Jazz, Classical, Reggae, and of course lots more. So themisconception that the steelpan is a form of music isfinally broken and the awareness of the steelpan as a musical instrument is nowadays embraced all over the world with the instrument being taught in many schools &colleges, and being used in allgenres of Music.

Jamani Stewart steelpan soloist from the UK aged 13 has recently recorded his first album ” Party with Jamani” a fusion of Steelpans playing over R & B backing tracks.This albumdefiantlyshows a newgenerationof pan artist. for moreinformation & hear samples of Jamani’s musicplease visit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU2MCElFXrU

Jamani young steelpan soloist from UK

For more information on Steelpan Workshops & Performance’s please visit http://www.jammasteelpan.net/

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