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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


The first time I saw Despers, I was with my brother Norman in 1981. They were performing at the Birmingham Odeon, (as part of their UK tour). The whole audience was transfixed, we were amazed with the standard and sound of the music. Robert Greenidge gave a great performance withTaj Mahal.

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Exodus is one of the few bands who do not use a canopy in Panorama, the Canopy was invented by Berti Marshall to protect the pans from the Sun and Rain, it also creates a sound channel, in recent years bands have experimented with and with out the use of

The Steelband was developed from the Tamboo Bamboo bands of Trinidad, players would hollow out Bamboo sticks and cut them to variouslengths to create a variety of different pitches, and these were beaten on the ground to pulsating percussive rhythms. Many of the bands would parade the streets at Carnival