THE TRINIDAD STEEL-BAND: ISLAND SURPRISES


The Trinidad Steel-Band: Summertime
L’homme a la grosse tete
Improvisation
From S/T (Arion, 1960s/70s?)

The Caribbean steel drum tradition is well-known yet poorly understood. It’s co-optation by the tourism industry created a caricature of steel bands, standing a beach, playing “Yellow Bird” while piña colada-sipping tourists sunburn in the background. To be sure, most of the recorded steel drum albums don’t do much to dispel this idea but occasionally, you’ll get a glance at how much more interesting the scene likely was.

This Trinidad Steel Drum LP likely wouldn’t merit […]

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