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What are steel-pans?
Asked in Drums
What are the steel drums?
Steel Drums are an instrument invented in Trinidad and Tobago, where they are called steelpans. Initially used for calypso and world music, all styles of music can be played on the instruments, including jazz, classical, pop, etc. The drums were initially made from old oil drums, and are of different lengths and contain notes on concave surfaces. When the notes are struck with a mallet different musical tones are produced.
Asked in Religion & Spirituality
What is the relationship with steel drums and religion?
There is no specific relationship between steel drums and religion. However, the instrument was invented in Trinidad and Tobago (and called steelpans there and in most of the world) as a form of musical accompaniment to the Carnival celebrations. This Carnival takes place during the pre-Lenten period, as it does in other places such as Rio and New Orleans. The instrument is now used at all times to play all types of music, including as accompaniment to choirs and during church services.