:: Title :: Sunshine
:: Genre :: calypso
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Unidentified [steel drum]
:: Group Name :: Steel band
:: Setting :: Night spot for American sailors
:: Location :: Port-of-Spain (Port-of-Spain), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Port-of-Spain I 4/62
:: Date :: 4/27/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1054.0, Track 6 (00:01:45)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session consists of a single recording. The field log indicates the recording is ?very poor? in quality and provides the following contextual information: ?night spot ? U.S.A. sailors? ?suggesting a locale frequented by American sailors (Field log). The musical genre is a calypso and instrumentation is a steelband ? i.e., an ensemble of tuned idiophones or ?pans? made from metal oil drums. Calypso, as a Trinidadian rhythmical instrumental genre, is often associated with steelbands and carnival. With regard to the history of the steelband, musicologist Lorna McDaniel writes: ?No single inventor of the steelband has been ascertained, but the slum environment of Port of Spain, Trinidad, is considered its place of maturation. Its primary nurturers are young African Trinidadian Males? By the 1950s, with the support of governmental offices and the sponsorship of Trinidadian industries, pan had begun to be recognized, legitimized, and embraced by all communities and classes.? (Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 2, 1998:962) [Source: Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Session consists of a single recording. The field log indicates the recording is ?very poor? in quality and provides the following contextual information: ?night spot ? U.S.A. sailors?? suggesting a locale frequented by American sailors (Field Log). The musical genre is a calypso, and instrumentation is a steelband ? i.e., an ensemble of tuned idiophones or ?pans? made from metal oil drums. Calypso, as a Trinidadian rhythmical instrumental genre, is often associated with steelbands and carnival. [Source: Field Log]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962

 

 

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