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Sun, sea and happy people - what else is needed for a Caribbean beach party?
A bossa nova oozing with confidence, definely "A" Team material to get the job done
A frenetic and bluesy latin/pop tune with piano, guitar, steeldrum, vibes, bass, drums and percussion.
Easy Sounds for Easy Going, flimsy and tasty
Naughty, witty and lively. Calypso street sweeper in preparation for the next Caribbean vacation.
Directly from the phonographs of a Caribbean beach disco, pure joy of living
A slow and funky groove with a doubletime melody featuring ukulele, tin whistle, marimba, steel drums, bass and drums.
Quirky light and happy vibe built using odd instruments for a very childish foolish island adventure track. Imagine a bunch of kids exploring the beach for crabs and sea shells. Features a pedal steel guitar, custom percussion steel drum, accordion, xylophone, bass and guitars.
Rhythmical steel drums and bouncy bass provide a joyous backing for this happy calypso. Steel drums take the main melody line whilst a sax punches in and out of the track with playful phrases. Celebration in the West Indies.
A fun and eccentric tune with a cute melody and very moving and interesting accompaniment featuring acoustic guitar, electric piano, piano, acoustic bass, marimba and steel drum.
A very quirky yet beautiful waltz filled with naïve energy and desires featuring electric piano, alto flute, electric bass, acoustic guitar, steel drums, mandolin, muted trumpet, drums and percussion.
(SWING) STEEL PANS, ACOUSTIC BASS. CARIBBEAN, CARNIVAL LIKE, HAPPY MOOD.
(soft rock tempo) grand piano, electric upright bass, drums, steel pans, Hawaiian Ukulele, Marimba, Indian flute; easy going melody with a happy contented feel. The struggle is over and we are finally at peace with ourselves.
Fun Island music; Celtic Tin Whistle, Indian Bansuri flute, ukulele, Marimba, acoustic bass, Caribbean drums; Oasis of fun and relaxation
A smooth jazz tune with a determined and aggressive melody like someone on a quest of achievement featuring piano, acoustic guitar, electric bass, flute, steel drums, drums and percussion.
A very easy going, quirky and relaxed swing tune with a hint of an unknown future, the perfect soundtrack for an adventure featuring tuba, ukulele, marimba, steel drums and African kalimba.
A fun and moving children's tune with tuba, steel drums, flute, ukulele, electric piano and drum machine.
A very purposeful, direct, slightly haunting and fun tune with tuba, steel drum, synthesizer, french horn, trumpet, ukulele, marimba and drum machine.
Energetic, cool, fresh tracks with modern soundtrack colors. This music is great for opening credits and closing credits within any dramatic production.
Being goodhumoured under Africas sun watching watching the giraffes having sex
Easygoing, happy, lively, festive Caribbean atmosphere with steeldrum and ukulele. Perfect production music for holidays, beach vacation, greeting cards and cocktails under the palm trees.
Fun & lively latin flavoured track with brass, steel drums, guitar, double bass, flute, percussion & strings. Like a theme tune for a comical cartoon cop character. Very groovey and danceable
The Steel Pan, also known as the Steel Drum, is a musical instrument assigned to the idiophones that was created on Trinidad. An ensemble of several Pans is called Steelband. Steel Pans are made of a concave thin sheet in the form of a round metal resonance body (traditional: oil barrel) into which different tone fields (sound surfaces) are driven to produce different pitches. The tone fields are struck with mallets.
The steel pan is often referred to as the steel drum. This term has become established especially in the USA. In Trinidad, the term steel drum is used to describe the raw material from which a steel pan is made. The term pan refers to the material and the inwardly curved face, drum refers to the sheet metal plate beaten like a drum membrane and the shape corresponding to a frame drum.
The Steel Pan as a musical instrument is best understood from its function within the collective of a pan orchestra. This always consists of the following instruments (arranged according to pitch):
Double Tenor (Soprano)
Double Second (Alto)
Double Guitar (Tenor)
Triple or Four Cello (Baritone)
This combination covers a range of about six octaves. A steel band equipped in this way is able to perform practically all typical orchestral music. The ranges of the steel pans are normally chromatic, so that all keys can be played. Pentatonic tunings are also common. Pans for only one key are rare, but occur. The Steel Pan is an idiophone with fixed pitch fields of a certain height. The tone fields are struck with mallets made of wood or aluminium, which are wrapped or covered with rubber at their end. The instrument was invented in Trinidad in the 1930s and is the national instrument there.
The British colonial rulers forbid the locals to drum on African percussion instruments. This is why the lower classes of Trinidad looked for new possibilities of musical expression. Oil production plays an important role in this island state and has contributed considerably to the industrialisation of Trinidad. Thus the first steel pans were created from discarded oil drums, which were abundant in Trinidad due to the oil industry.
During the Second World War, carnival celebrations were suspended in Trinidad. The end of the war was exuberantly celebrated by the population. Steel bands were heard for the first time in the streets of Port of Spain at the celebrations of V-Day. Since the carnival is traditionally a big parade, the pans were hung around the neck of the players by belts, so they were mobile. Hence the expression "Around-the-neck-Pans". These instruments were not chromatic due to the limited space on an oil barrel (resonator), e.g. you could only place a D major scale on a single guitar.
The Steel Pan is an artistic expression and socio-cultural "valve" of the Trinidadian people, who are mainly composed of former African slaves and Indian contract workers. How, where and when exactly the beginning of the development of the Steel Pan began can no longer be determined with certainty today. The fact is, however, that in the early days of this history, real gang wars between the districts of Port of Spain dominated the daily events. Rivalries between individual bands (gangs) took on such brutal dimensions that British law enforcement officers only knew how to help each other with even greater counterviolence. Over time, the Trinidaders succeeded in productively transforming the available energy into musical competition.
They were now in competition for the more powerful sound of an orchestra or also for which group possessed the instruments with the larger tonal range. As pioneers of this epoch Winston "Spree" Simon, Anthony Williams, Neville Jules and Elliot "Ellie" Mannette are mentioned, to name only a fraction of a huge group of innovative (then very young) people. The still very young Steel Pan gained international attention when TASPO (Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra) was invited to England in 1951 to present this new musical instrument at the Festival of Britain. Some musicians of this group stayed in England (Sterling Betancourt) and made the Steel Pan successfully known in Europe. Other Trinidaders carried the Steel Pan and the music of Trinidad (Calypso) to America and around the world.
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