Google is honoring this Tuesday, July 26, the steelpan of Trinidad and Tobago

Google’s Doodle for this Tuesday, July 26, 2022 is the steelpan, the emblematic instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. This country is also honored in this production with the illustrator Nicholas Huggins and the musical accompaniment of the video is produced by the trumpeter Etienne Charles,

Historical documents refer to the date as July 26, 1951. The group “Trinidad All-Steel Pan Percussion Orchestra (TASPO)” performed at the Festival of Great Britain. It is on this date that the steelpan is recognized and considered as a new musical genre in the world.

Google’s Doodle video evokes the history of Trinidad and Tobago during the slave era.

The steelpan is an instrument born out of resistance and rebellion…at the time, African percussion was banned, and the steelpan developed from that. The fact that such a sweet melody can be extracted from barrels of oil is something awe-inspiring.

Nicholas Huggins, artist

Today, the steelpan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. Orchestras are invited to the Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, in Japan and in Africa. The Japanese and the Swiss have even created their own groups.

The repertoire of the orchestras, sometimes composed of 500 musicians, is not limited to calypso and soca. It has its place in jazz and classical music.

It is a symbol of community, artistic excellence and scientific innovation. Hopefully, this makes people more inclined to come and hear this instrument in different places and feel the energy that comes from it.

Etienne Charles, musician

Google’s Doodle made headlines in Trinidad and Tobago this Tuesday, July 26, 2022. The video is being shared well on social media.

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