In an attempt to control Carnival celebrations, the government of Trinidad and Tobago banned African drums, then they banned the bamboo sticks that replaced them. In 1937, an orchestra performed using only oil drums, frying pans, and dust bin lids. Musicians soon learned how to tune the oil drums and by the 1950s steelpans had achieved widespread use and respectability.

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